The Deluxe Special
jazz cooked to order!
Mike Olmos on Monday, Smith Dobson on Tuesday, Patrick Wolff on Wednesday, 7:30-10pm, July 26-28
Mondays – July 12, 19 and 26 – 7:30-10pm The Mike Olmos Quartet 7/12 – Javier Santiago, piano; Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass; Brian Fishler, drums 7/19 – Keith Saunders, piano; Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass; Brian Fishler, drums 7/26 – Javier Santiago, piano; Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass; Jeff Marrs, drums Tuesdays –…Read More
Smith Dobson, tenor saxophone Keith Saunders, piano Eric Markowitz, bass Tony Johnson, drums Concluding their three-week “Deluxe Holiday” run, the Smith Dobson Quartet, led by a tenor player with a deep feeling for the cool intensity and beautiful facility of Lester Young and Stan Getz, takes the stage tonight. Two sets, with guest musicians sitting…Read More
Last date in our three week residency for Patrick Wolff’s quartet… don’t miss it. Patrick Wolff, tenor sax Keith Saunders, piano Eric Markowitz, bass James Gallagher, drums Guest musicians on the second set 7:30-10pm, $20 cover. Musicians, $10 ($5 back if you play) BYOB. Masks, please. Enjoy the music!Read More
Avotcja – poetry and small percussion Francis Wong – saxophone Sandy Poindexter – violin Heshima – bass Myron Cohen – drums Avotcja digs deep in her poems and the band takes it to the outer limits of joy. Years and years of musical collaboration have yielded more ecstatic moments that we can count. Her group…Read More
Darren Johnston, trumpet Kasey Knudsen, saxophone Jon Arkin, drums Three musicians well equipped to explore uncharted territory in the music. jazz from the “out” side`Read More
World class in your neighborhood jazz joint. What’s not to like? $20 cover — cash if you please! BYOB, and enjoy the music!Read More
Bird & Beckett’s events open to the public have returned! Mask up and come in! (see below for our advisory on that) Live jazz & more in the shop for audiences and live streamed through cyberspace! Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm + more Come on down to 653 Chenery if you’re in town! Doors…Read More
For decades now, Grant Levin has been one of the best kept secrets in jazz, and Bird & Beckett has been proud to present him literally hundreds of times since he arrived in the Bay Area in 2010. The performance documented here was the last of the live-stream only pandemic concerts we presented between March…Read 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 Jeff Marrs, drums Concluding a three-week “Deluxe Holiday” run, Mike Olmos leads a hard bop date guaranteed to please, featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest jazz players. Two sets, with guest musicians sitting in on the second set. Can’t make it to the shop…Read More
SF Poet Laureate Emerita Kim Shuck hosts the Bird & Beckett Poets!Zoom Tonight, Monday, July 26: A zoomed poetry release reading for Essential Truths: The Bay Area in Color – the new anthology from poet/writer/editor Shizue Seigel. “It’s about standing strong in the Fillmore and Japantown. What is valuable about the old inner-city communities that…Read More
Call to reserve a seat now! Rova has been a force on the international festival circuit for decades, but makes its home in San Francisco. Tonight, Rova digs in deep at Bird & Beckett! Bruce Ackley, soprano sax Steve Adams, alto sax Larry Ochs, tenor sax Jon Raskin, baritone sax Read up on Rova…Read More
Drummer Tony Johnson anchors Bird & Beckett’s jazz scene on the fourth Friday of every month. Hear him tonight in the company of one of the great veteran saxophonists on the scene, Charlie McCarthy, guitarist Glen Deardorff and bassist Jeff Saxton. Guaranteed swinging bebop & bossa. Tony hit San Francisco in 1959, fresh off the…Read More
Deluxe Jazz in July at Bird & Beckett Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7:30 to 10pm Tonight, Wed. 7/21: The Patrick Wolff Quartet Patrick Wolff, tenor saxophone Jeffrey Burr, guitar Eric Markowitz, bass James Gallagher, drums $20 cover in the store; $10 cover on the stream Staying home, but want to hear the music? Catch our…Read More
Barshay/Atwal/Levin: A Trio Bassist Peter Barshay has recorded, performed and toured with an impressive range of musicians during his career spanning five decades. He began that career in the San Francisco Bay Area, moving east in 1978 to join the dynamic New York City jazz scene. During his 17-year New York residency, he performed with…Read More
Scott Foster has been the skeleton key to the Bird & Beckett jazz sanctum since it kicked in in earnest, back in late 2002. Back then, Chuck Peterson, a Glen Park neighbor and a professional jazz musician working in the theater district pit bands–and also a proud Local 6 union member, started fielding a quartet…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, Sunday, July 11 at…Read More
Wendy brings her trio back to Bird & Beckett for a fresh take on the boogie woogie. Guaranteed pleasure & good times! With Takezo Takeda on guitar and Kirk Harwood on drums. Come down to Bird & Beckett for a grand time. Doors open at 7:20 for the 7:30 show; be sure to byob (and…Read More
Poet/Educator/Activist Tongo Eisen-Martin, San Francisco Poet Laureate, hosts six individuals who we’re proud to present in the shop tonight. Audience welcome. A live stream will carry the event for those not comfortable venturing out, whether due to dark of night, lack of transit or any other reason. But rest assured, the in-person experience will be…Read More
Pepe Jacobo Quartet Bob Crawford, piano Jason Muscat, bass Carlos Caro, congas Pepe Jacobo, drum set and percussion Doors open at 7:20 for the 7:30 shows. $20 cover, cash, payable at the door. BYOB and BYOglass, and please pack out what you bring in! No masks required if fully vaccinated. Pepe Jacobo is an ebullient…Read More
Avotcja’s Almost 80 Birthday Concert 2 sets of poetry and music Set 1: Avotcja with Carlos Reyes on Paraguayan Harp & Flute Set 2: Acotcja with the Genius Wesley Trio LIVE STREAMED FROM THE SHOP — NO AUDIENCE TONIGHT A major poet and writer in many genres. A devotee of beautiful music, particularly from the…Read More
Larry De La Cruz, saxophone Jim Peterson, saxophone Scott Foster, guitar Decades of shared history on the San Francisco jazz scene Good times, great music Doors open 7:20pm Music at 7:30pm $20 cash at the door BYOB / BYOGlass Pack it in / Pack it out No food in the shop just yet, thanks! Also…Read More
Walker Brents III delves into diverse subjects in a monthly sequence of talks. Tonight, he holds the 16th century adventurer 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…Read More
$20 cover charge, cash at the door; byob. $10 online donation requested for the live stream – youtube / fbRead 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
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