Yes! Believe your five senses!
Shows for In-Store Audiences
every Friday & Saturday!
Bird & Beckett’s jazz shows open to the public have returned! Live jazz in the shop for audiences! Also live streamed through cyberspace! Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm Come on down to 653 Chenery if you’re in town! Doors open at 7:20 for our 7:30 shows. $20 cover for trios and quartets $25 for…Read More
Upcoming shows, June 25 et seq
audiences welcome in the shop!
live performances plus live streams
every Friday & Saturday & more!
Friday, June 25, 7:30pm (door opens at 7:20pm) $20 cash at door $10 for live stream The Tony Johnson Quartet Classic bop, hard-bop & post-bop! Bob Kenmotsu, tenor saxophone Keith Saunders, piano Eric Markowitz, bass Tony Johnson, drums ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Saturday, June 26,…Read More
$20 cover charge, cash at the door; byob. $10 online donation requested for the live stream – youtube / fbRead More
Walker Brents III delves into diverse subjects in a monthly sequence of talks. Tonight, he holds Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca to the light. Ultimately, Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was one of just four survivors of the Narváez expedition, which set out from Spain in 1527 with five ships and 600 soldiers, sailors and colonists.…Read More
$10-20 sliding scale cover charge, cash at the door. byob: pack it in/pack it out. $5-10 donation to view the livestream – youtube / fbRead More
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…Read More
Mike Olmos, trumpet Javier Santiago, piano Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass Ben Esposito, drums Mike Olmos is one of the towering legends of San Francisco jazz! Javier Santiago and Giulio Xavier Cetto are two of its top players! And young Ben Esposito is coming on strong. Drummer Ben Esposito is a Bay Area native, born and…Read More
Milestones! Bird & Beckett: 21 years in business The Proprietor: 65 years on the planet The Concert! (catch it in our live stream) THE SCOTT FOSTER QUINTET Scott Foster, guitar Mike Olmos, trumpet Joe Cohen, tenor saxophone Charles Thomas, bass Jeff Marrs, drums View our live streams on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page. No audiences…Read More
Join San Francisco columnist Denise Sullivan for a series of morning discussions with The City’s arts and cultural leaders and lesser-known workers, the everyday people who help make this place we call home, every second Sunday at 10 am, live streamed from Bird & Beckett Books in Glen Park. This morning, Denise will engage artist…Read More
Click here to view & hear the Grant Levin Quartet at Bird & Beckett, June 12, 2021 Grant’s back! Grant Levin, a uniquely talented jazz pianist, has been in as a sideman a couple of times in the past few months, but those have been rare opportunities to catch him here since the pandemic kicked…Read More
As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, we once again are pleased to present the Michael Zilber Quartet! Four major talents on one bookshop stage. Michael Zilber, saxophone Matt Clark, piano Peter Barshay, bass Jeff Marrs, drums ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ It was Michael’s appearance on our stage for an audience…Read More
Join us in funky soulville this Saturday night! Todd Swenson, guitar Derek Evans, vocals Ian Ratzer, piano Paul Olguin, bass Larry Vann, drums Here’s a little something that Derek & Todd were just cooking up for Saturday. Click here for This Side Up at Club Deluxe in June 2019, with Ken Owen on drums. And…Read More
San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin plus percussionist Ahkeel Mestayer ~~Two sets of poetry & percussion~~ Crucial words and beats for our times ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ We encourage you to read more about our poet laureate at this link and to seek out his works, his readings and his books https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/tongo-eisen-martin…Read More
San Francisco native daughter Annette A Aguilar is flying home from NYC for a family visit, and brings together a passel of great musicians from around the Bay including her brother Ricky Aguilar plus Anthony Blea, Murray Low, Gary Brown and a couple special guests for two special sets of music streamed live…Read More
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…Read More
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 it swing from bop to bossa. Jazz you can count on! A little history:…Read More
The Sublime! Poetry’s ultimate theme. Every aesthetic, from east to west, has had something to say about this. So why not take a look here, and find a place to bring our thoughts to bear? It is for this we invoke the muses to sing through us. The ages show them to be generous! Walker…Read More
View the live stream on Bird & Beckett’s YouTube channel and Facebook page $20 suggested donation pay what your economics allow at this link The Trio Thurston Moore – guitars Marshall Trammell, Music Research Strategist – percussion Bruce Ackley – saxophones Opening set: Wobbly – solo electronicsRead More
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…Read More
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. Scott presented a generous number of those tunes in a solo live stream from Bird & Beckett on August 21, 2020, five…Read More
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…Read More
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 –…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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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Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.
Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site