653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

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Open to walk-in trade and browsing
Tuesday to Sunday
noon to six


Live Streams every weekend!
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But nothing beats being in the room
with the music & the musicians!

August 29, 30 and 31… jazz trifecta!

Live music from the Bird & Beckett bandstand three nights a week, EVERY week!

Fridays, it’s “jazz in the bookshop” from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Saturdays, “jazz club” from 8 to 11.

Sundays, our “which way west?” concert series from 4:30 to 6:30 pm — mostly jazz, plus a few other things to broaden our horizons

Friday, August 29thjazz in the bookshop – 5:30-8:00 pm – special fifth Friday booking – The Dave Parker Quartet Plus One, with Charles Hamilton, trombone; Jerry Logas, sax; Hal Richards, sax; Dave Parker, bass; Bob Marshall, drums.  CD release party!  Jazz is My Religion – recorded live at Bird & Beckett! 

Saturday, August 30th - jazz club – 8:00-11:00 pm - Pacific Jazz Connection, with Jerry Logas and Smith Dobson, reeds; Keith Saunders, piano; John Wiitala, bass; Tony Johnson, drums – live recording session!.  $10 cover , or $7 for jazz club members ($75 annual dues).

photo by Jessica Levant.  http://www.jessicalevant.com/music/

photo by Jessica Levant. http://www.jessicalevant.com/music/

Sunday, August 31st –  which way west? Sunday concert series – 4:30-6:30 pm - The Al Molina Quintet.  Al Molina, trumpet; Scott Barnhill, sax; Larry Chin, piano; Peter Barshay, bass; Vince Lateano, drums.


jazz club is EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT from 8 to 11 p.m.  The cover charge will typically be $10 (higher for certain shows). Join jazz club for $75/year and pay just $7 cover for any show!  If you find the price of the Saturday night ticket too high or the hour too late, rest assured that both our Friday jazz in the bookshop series (5:30-8:00 pm) and our Sunday which way west? series (4:30-6:30 pm) will continue as always, with a purely voluntary donation requested and earlier hours — and similarly excellent performers and performances!

which way west? — We look in all directions to find musicians and bands for our Sunday series.  It’s a lot of great jazz, of course, but also music from traditions that include Sufi, pan-Arabic, South Asian, hillbilly Americana, longhair western classical, and more!

jazz in the bookshop is what the late great trumpeter Ernie Figueroa dubbed our long-running Friday night neighborhood jazz party — now finishing out its 12th year of consecutive Friday nights… never a missed Friday in all that time!  52 shows a year for 12 years puts us well over 500 session!

The Chuck Peterson Quintet of Grandkids with the Chuck Peterson Quintet!  photo by Angie Bennett.

The Chuck Peterson Quintet of Grandkids with the Chuck Peterson Quintet! photo by Angie Bennett.

Pictured here is tenor man Chuck Peterson, who got it all started in October 2002 when he volunteered that he’d make sure we always had a band if we’d guaranteed him a venue.  We both kept our words on that score, and Glen Park is richly rewarded for supporting our efforts by turning out for the music and putting dollars into what we’ve got going here!  Those youngsters on the bandstand are Chuck’s grandkids, who turned out last Friday to hear the grand old man lead his quintet in a swinging bebop celebration!  Howie Dudune, sublimely beautiful tenor and clarinet man, on the left; guitarist Glen Deardorff behind Chuck… a glimpse of bassist Dean Reilly in back, and out of sight is drummer Tony Johnson.  Each a solid pro with 60 years plus in the jazz biz!  Chuck’s band plays on the fourth Friday of every single month!


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The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project

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.

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The Independent Musicians Alliance

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