Stay tuned for the next B&B benefit party in Jerry Ferraz's backyard! Here's some video of the last one!
Sandra Poindexter, born and raised in Oakland, studied classical violin from early childhood, and her musical experience flourished over the years to jazz, Cuban, mariachi and flamenco. For fifteen years, from the late 1980s to the mid-2000s, she recorded and toured with alto saxophone giant John Handy ‘s group, John Handy with Class, performing before…Read More
Walker Brents continues his exploration of the work of the great French-Algerian writer and philosopher, Albert Camus, author of novels including The Stranger, The Plague and The Fall, the short story volume Exile and the Kingdom and numerous plays, as well as key essay collections The Myth of Sisyphus, The Rebel and Algerian Chronicles. Camus…Read More
Tom Huber embarks on a solo journey across a wide swath of genres and eras, playing classic tunes and original compositions. When you drop by for our live stream, if you’re not squeezing every dime, please donate generously — $20 suggeseted — so we can meet and exceed our guarantees to some fine Bay Area…Read More
Kasey Knudsen and Eric Vogler have a long history of playing music together in various configurations. They have worked together frequently with the “Holly Martins” trio, along with vocalist Lorin Benedict. For this special Bird and Beckett livestream concert, they will bring you their favorite Holly Martins repertoire in duo format, along with a…Read More
The live streams from Bird & Beckett all started in mid-March on Friday the 13th, when the towering saxophonist Michael Zilber brought his trio (Jason Lewis on drums and Tyler Harlow on bass) into the shop before a scant audience in the face of the exploding novel coronavirus crisis. Angela Bennett pioneered our broadcasting foray…Read More
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As an acoustic player, Valerio’s repertoire spans from the classics of blues fingerpicking and the golden era of Chet Atkins to contemporary artists such as the legendary Tommy Emmanuel, Franco Morone, Pierre Bensusan, and Daniele Bazzani incorporating sounds from the Irish tradition, American folk, jazz, ragtime, and world music. In his hour of fingerstyle at…Read More
Missed the show? You can view it and hear it here. Jump in at 5:40 and enjoy it. Up ’til then, it’s the logo and silence… This show was worth every penny! You’re indebted to the kind folks who donated to make it possible for these musicians to get a nice paycheck! Trumpeter Andrew Stephens…Read More
Tune in for two sets of jazz classics & originals by two of the Bay Area’s stellar young musicians, captured for you by rising star Nico Mesa — the man who made our last live stream with this duo shine so brightly. Want to quickly get to the heart of the matter? Go to the…Read More
Friday, July 17th at 7:30pm Rest in Peace, John Lewis the art of the duo Tammy Lynne Hall, piano Mads Tolling, violin watch it here Sunday, July 19th at 7:30pm The Music of Alice Coltrane duo explorations by Grex Karl Evangelista, guitar Rei Scampavia, keyboards watch it here We cannot yet host in-store audiences…Read More
When “you” becomes “we” is where absurdity transitions into meaning. Facts are cold; truth is warm. Such literary masterpieces as The Plague, by Albert Camus, offer our human souls awareness of this. And so, as if to answer a demand of the age, Walker Brents III offers a re-telling, composed before your listening eye, of…Read More
Wake Up America Poetathon, Part II IF NOT NOW, WHEN? Live Stream, Sunday, July 12 at 2pm Poetry that speaks to Freedom, Love, Peace, Equality for All via ZOOM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8615962043 Meeting ID: 861 596 2043 OR one tap mobile +16699006833 (CA) ,8615962043# US (San Jose) +13462487799 (TX) ,8615962043# US (Houston) OR facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/271042350933245 POETS: Dr.…Read More
Two peas in a jazzpod, Daniel Fabricant and Vic Wong live in the same building not far away, where Dan & his wife tend to their young baby, who’s getting an early introduction to roots and fifths from Dan’s serenades & lullabies on bass, while Vic posts a daily morning cup of jazz guitar to…Read More
TonaLaura Jazz Duo is the musical marriage of the husband-and-wife team, pianist Laura Klein and guitarist Tony Corman.Laura’s unique, lyrical harmonic sense and Tony’s extraordinary arranging skills bring a rare richness to the duo format. For this special performance, they’ll be playing a wide selection of tunes drawn from the Great American Songbook, bebop, Brazilian…Read More
We’re pleased to present classical guitar soloist Lyle Sheffler this Sunday evening. As a performer, Lyle is an integral part of the San Francisco music community, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. He also maintains a thriving teaching studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. Besides classical guitar, Lyle is proficient on…Read More
Keith Saunders is in the very top echelon of great jazz players in the region, with decades on the scene in New York, decades more in San Francisco and environs, many years leading his own quintet back east, a deeply felt bebop ethos and a vast knowledge of the music in all its forms. He’s…Read More
This Thursday, 7/25, at 7:30pm, we present a live stream talk and performance by Zan Stewart — decades in the jazz journalism business and decades more as a jazz saxophonist and composer. He has stories to tell about the greats he encountered in his writing career, and notes to blow by way of illustration, tribute…Read More
A formidable roster of poets assembles this Sunday and three Sundays later for a reading addressing the searing moment, its long time coming and its crucial path forward. We are proud to be associated with this monumental gathering of voices at this pivotal moment in time Read at the link below an extensive piece prepared…Read More
Jazz in the bookshop, every Friday! Jazz in America, and around the world, every minute of every day since the turn of the last century… and who can say when it really started. But jazz as we know it? It’s here now! This week, we present a return engagement by pianist Walter Earl — performer,…Read More
The Elegance of Noel Jewkes Saxophonist Noel Jewkes has been a revered and well loved figure on the San Francisco jazz scene for five decades plus, and he’s turning 80 today! We’ll celebrate in the bookshop with a duo concert featuring Noel and pianist Keith Saunders. Be sure to have some cake on hand at…Read More
Adam Shulman plays two sets of originals and jazz standards from swing to bop to the new thing. He’s been a driving force on the Bay Area jazz scene as ensemble player, soloist, accompanist, composer and bandleader since moving to San Francisco 18 years ago. At 7pm, you’ll find the facebook live stream here Scroll…Read More
Rich and Jenny have each had long careers in the jazz circles of the Bay Area, and have worked together in a variety of contexts, not least their marriage… As a “cohabitating couple” we’re able to let them stand unmasked within six feet of each other to perform from the Bird & Beckett stage, if…Read More
Boccaccio’s Muthologos Boccaccio (whose name means “mouth”) offers to us his purpose in composing The Decameron: “to tell a hundred tales, or fables or parables or histories, call them what you will, told in ten days by a worthy group of seven ladies and three young men formed in the recent season of deadly pestilence,…Read More
The bassist Giulio Xavier Cetto and the pianist Javier Santiago, both prominent figures on the San Francisco jazz scene, share an apartment here in San Francisco; fortunately, that cohabitating status allows us to book them as a duo for our live stream series, and we welcome them back! No in-store audience is allowed due to…Read More
Click here to view and listen on YouTube! King of the San Francisco saloon and salon pianists, Eric Shifrin sings too, and rolls through material from Cole Porter to Hoagy Carmichael to Gene Autry. He’s been charming the swells, swindlers and stand-up guys in bars and bistros from the Barbary Coast to Nob Hill…Read More
"I don’t think the printed book is going to disappear any time soon. The codex (the bound book) is a wonderful container for information: simple, portable, inexpensive. Flip through the pages. No scrolling. No crashes. And the book, at its best, aspires to and attains the state of art."
-- Les Ferriss
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