Live Streams Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm.

Benefit Concert – Sunday, May 16 – 7:30 pm
CBop plays to support their friend Brooke in her battle against cancer

CBop returns to the stage to help a friend. A note from CBop’s drummer, André Custodio: We’ve yearned to return to entertain people and to express ourselves. 2020 put the kibosh on that. After a hiatus, we are back to benefit our dear friend Brooke. Bird & Beckett has been so kind as to open…

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Friday, May 21 – 7:30pm
Scott Foster & Friends debut the new album, “Basement Sinfonietta”
jazz! live-streamed from the bookshop
every Friday evening

Back in March 2020, as San Franciscans first took cover in their individual homes, those that had homes!, guitarist Scott Foster began to compose a tune a day for a good long stretch. A few months in, he enlisted three colleagues — Larry De La Cruz, saxophone; Andrew Higgins, bass; Russ Gold, drums — to…

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Saturday, May 22 – 7:30pm
Gaea Schell / Lyle Link Quartet

Gaea Schell, piano Lyle Link, tenor saxophone John Wiitala, bass Austin Lee Harris, drums play new originals and arrangements by the co-leaders View our live streams on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page. No audiences in the shop just yet. $20 suggested donation or pay what your economics allow at this link Described as “one of…

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Sunday, May 23 – 7:30pm
Thurston Moore-Marshall Trammell-Bruce Ackley Trio + Wobbly

Opening set: Wobbly – solo electronics   The Trio Thurston Moore – guitars Marshall Trammell, Music Research Strategist – percussion Bruce Ackley – saxophones                 View the live stream on Bird & Beckett’s YouTube channel and Facebook page $20 suggested donation or pay what your economics allow at…

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Friday, May 28 – 7:30pm
Tony Johnson’s 230 Jones Street Irregulars
live-streamed
from the bookshop
every Friday evening

Drummer Tony Johnson leads a quartet on the 4th Friday of each month, and tonight, it’s the “Irregulars” — a quartet led by Tony with long-time associates Charlie McCarthy on reeds, Glen Deardorff on guitar and Al Obidinski on bass making the scene from swing to bop to bossa. Jazz  you can count on! A…

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Saturday, May 29 – 7:30pm
Sifter: Ewing – Schenck – Mezzacappa – Glenn
jazz! streamed live on Saturday nights!

Rob Ewing, trombone Beth Schenck, saxophone Lisa Mezzacappa, bass Jordan Glenn, drums Avant garde jazz music from four major improvisers/composers/players who cover the Bay Area jazz waterfront. Sifter has been heard most steadily at Woods Bar in Oakland, but pops up here and there including recent dates in parking spots around the Bay from Omar…

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O Pioneers of the Cosmostream! We’ve been vaccinating you against the plague of boredom and the scourge of demagoguery with live streamed events twice a week and more since March 2020, when it all came down!

Hungry to hear some of Bird & Beckett’s past live streams? On the home page you can scroll down to read the individual posts for the shows we’ve mounted in the past several months, a hint of what’s gone down since the pandemic lock-down began. In more amazing times, it would take you right back…

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Saturday, May 15 – 7:30pm
Larry Ochs / Don Robinson Duo
jazz club!
live streamed from the bookshop
every Saturday night

Larry Ochs, reeds, and Donald Robinson, drums, focus on their forthcoming cd, A Civil Right, releasing July 25, 2021 and available for pre-order on Bandcamp. Larry Ochs is a founding member of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, one of the Bay Area’s avant-garde treasures since 1978. Donald Robinson – “a percussive dervish,” according to Coda –…

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Friday, May 14 – 7:30pm
Andrew Speight Quartet
jazz from the bookshop
streamed live each and every Friday evening

Andrew Speight, alto saxophone Matt Clark, piano Essiet Okon Essiet, bass Sylvia Cuenca, drums Andrew Speight is a titanic alto player who is held in high esteem in the Bay Area. From Sydney, Australia, he came to the U.S. in the early ’90s, and has led the jazz program at San Francisco State University for…

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Saturday, May 8 – 7:30pm
Americano Social Club
jazz club! live streamed from the bookshop every Saturday night!

Michael Zisman, mandolin Jason Vanderford, guitar and vocals Scott Foster, guitar Joe Kyle, Jr., bass Emily Zisman, vocals Music for la dolce vita! View our live streams on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page. No audiences in the shop just yet. $20 suggested donation or pay what your economics allow at this link We pay a…

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Friday, May 7 – 7:30pm
Erik Jekabson Quartet
A Tribute to Charlie Parker
live streamed jazz from the bookshop

Bird Lives! Erik Jekabson, trumpet & flugelhorn Keith Saunders, piano John Wiitala, bass Hamir Atwal, drums The Erik Jekabson Quartet plays the music of one of the architects of bebop, the hugely influential saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker.       View our live streams on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page. No audiences in the…

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Saturday, May 1 – 7:30pm
Kyle Hernandez Trio
jazz live streamed from the bookshop

Kyle Hernandez, guitar Brian Ho, organ Jason Lewis, drums They say the neon lights are bright… …tonight Kyle focuses on the music of George Benson! California born and raised, Kyle Hernandez learned to play guitar and sing in a musical family that provided him lessons at a young age. He moved to New York in…

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Friday, April 30 – 7:30 p.m.
Sylvia Cuenca / Essiet Essiet Quartet
live streamed jazz from the bookshop!

Drummer Sylvia Cuenca and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet join forces with Andrew Speight, alto saxophone, and Matt Clark, piano. Born and raised in San Jose, Sylvia Cuenca was hired in her teenage years by the late great guitarist Eddie Duran for her first professional gig at Pearl’s Jazz Joint, when Pearl’s was an after-hours club…

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Thursday, April 29 – 7:30pm
Walker Talks!
Persian Sufi Shabistari,
poet in the time of Genghis Khan

Shabistari, Persian Sufi poet of the 13th century, whose Garden of Mystery evidences an intricate mystic didacticism, yes, but that very thing was what the soul needed, even as Khan’s horsemen thundered down upon them. Walker Brents III plumbs the waters, the last Thursday of each month.

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Monday, April 25 – 7:00 pm
Featured poets + open mic
2nd & 4th Mondays
Tonight’s features tba

Bird and Beckett Online Open Mic Monday April 25th. Kim Shuck hosts. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84995359158?pwd=SXIwdFEyMExrMDE1M3crT3hnTmlHdz09 Meeting ID: 849 9535 9158 Passcode: 513688

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Saturday, April 24 – 7:30pm
Lorca Hart Trio
jazz club!
live streamed from the bookshop
every Saturday night

Lorca Hart, drums Brian Ho, organ Lyle Link, saxophone Lorca Hart leads a trio through two sets of live streamed jazz. Lorca grew up in a musical household in Taos, New Mexico, and now inhabits his own musical household here in the Bay Area, with percussionist Amy Molinelli and their young son. Lorca studied at…

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Friday, April 23 – 7:30pm
Tony Johnson’s 230 Jones Street Irregulars
live streamed jazz
from the bookshop
every Friday night

A fine quartet, once again, assembled by drummer Tony Johnson, well nigh a legend on the local scene! Each of these players has been well respected on the national and international scene for decades; each brings a raft of experience to the bandstand. Bob Kenmotsu, sax Keith Saunders, piano John Wiitala, bass Tony Johnson, drums…

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Sunday, April 18 – 10 a.m.
In Conversation: The City College Layoffs
AFT members Mary Bravewoman & Tehmina Khan

Bird & Beckett is presenting an occasional sequence of Sunday morning streamed conversations from the bookshop stage on topics of interest to the neighborhood and the city. You can find them on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page. Can’t tune in at the appointed time? They’ll stay up in the same places for viewing…

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Saturday, April 17 – 7:30 pm
John Calloway Trio
jazz club! live streamed from the bookshop

John Calloway trio with guest vocalist Angie Doctor will be performing songs with themes for the season of Spring and with that, the slow but sure opening up of music and arts venues in the city! John Calloway, flute & percussion Murray Low, piano Saul Sierra, bass Angie Doctor, vocal live streamed on YouTube and…

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Friday, April 16 – 7:30pm
Scott Foster Quartet
featuring the arrangements of Omar Aran
jazz live streamed from the bookshop
every Friday evening!

Scott’s quartet tonight plays original arrangements, many of which they recorded and were starting to play at Haight Street’s famed Club Deluxe just before the pandemic came down.  They’re looking forward to revisiting the material and making it fresh. ________________ Omar Aran drums and arranger Ben Stolorow piano Matt Montgomery bass Scott Foster, guitar ________________…

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Poets + Open Mic continues!
Next reading:
Monday, April 12 at 7pm
Featured poets
Dan Brady and E. K. Keith

San Francisco Poet Laureate Emerita Kim Shuck continues to host the twice-monthly Bird & Beckett poetry series on Zoom, with the assistance of Brett Benson. The readings now take place on the second and fourth Monday of each month. At 7pm. Bring your work! Tonight, the featured readers are Dan Brady and E. K. Keith,…

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Saturday, April 10 – 7:30 pm
Eric & the In Crowd
jazz club! live streamed from the bookshop

Eric Shifrin, piano & vocals Joe Kyle, Jr., bass Randy Lee Odell, drums Get in with the In Crowd. Bring your wallet! live streamed on YouTube and Facebook. No audiences in the shop just yet. $20 suggested donation / pay what your economics allow at this link. From Jelly Roll to Gene Autrey, you’re in…

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Friday, April 9 – 7:30 p.m.
live streamed jazz from the bookshop
Smith Dobson Vibraphone Quartet

Smith Dobson V, vibraphone Jeffrey Burr, guitar Eric Markowitz, bass Tony Johnson, drums Two sets of jazz standards and originals, live streamed on YouTube and Facebook. No audiences in the shop just yet. $20 suggested donation / pay what your economics allow at this link. Steeped in music at a young age — the son…

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Friday, April 2 – 7:30pm
Noel Jewkes Quartet
jazz from the bookshop live-streamed

The reigning tenor player of our place and time, Noel Jewkes has been respected and adulated for his lovely work on the horn for decades. He knows his way around any number of other instruments as well, and pens instantly classic tunes with alacrity. He was just a kid out in Utah when he started…

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Saturday, March 27 – 7:30pm
Simon Rowe Organ Trio
piped to you live from the bookshop

Simon Rowe – organ Dave McNab – guitar Brian Kendrick – drums Simon Rowe’s organ trio can be heard outdoors every other Saturday afternoon from 1-3pm on Wilder Street, just up the block from Canyon Market. They hold forth from a patio just above street level, with the music wafting right down to Diamond Street.…

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Friday, March 26 – 7:30pm
The 230 Jones Street Irregulars:
Remembering Dean Reilly

It’s with a heavy heart that we note the loss of our good friend Dean Reilly two weeks ago. This one is for him. Tony Johnson and Glen Deardorff bring Charlie McCarthy and Al Obidinski to the bandstand to pay homage. Dean was something of a legendary figure in San Francisco jazz history, though one…

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Thursday, March 25th – 7:30pm
Live Streamed: Walker Talks!
The soul, in its prehistoric contemporality
Walker Brents III draws on the insights of Gertrude Rachel Levy

  Classics of literature are most fully lived in the consciousness of individual readers. Known or unknown, such works abide. One such case is The Gate of Horn, the debut work by Gertrude Rachel Levy, a University of London archeologist. Long out of print, it was sent forth in 1948 into the post-war world, galvanizing…

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Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.

The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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