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!
Refresh your browser
to catch a show in progress!
Visit our Facebook page or
YouTube channel!

But nothing beats being in the room
with the music & the musicians!

Do you think we’ll ever run out of poetry or music? Live music, mostly jazz, in the bookshop all weekend long, every week, and occasional midweek events

Not a chance that we’ll cease and desist!…
Tuesday to Sunday, we sell books noon to six each day…
And along the way…

Friday, April 5th, the weekend’s jazz begins!
At 6pm, Zoot! a Sam Cady joint. With Charlie McCarthy, Ollie Dudek and Tony Johnson. Just great jazz, the monster under the bed! Zoot alors!
And at 8:30pm, the Sheldon Alexander Quartet, with yet another great guitarist from NYC, Ilya Lushtak, plus trumpeter extraordinaire Erik Jekabson and the great Adam Shulman on organ! Sheldon is a young drummer with an incandescent future ahead of him and a great presence in the present that is Bay Area Jazz!

Saturday, April 6th, 7:30pm, the fabulous Harvey Wainapel, from whom we’ve heard far too little since the events of early 2020, brings a fabulous quartet — reasserting his position as one of the very key reed players in these parts. He has the wonderful drummer Jason Lewis, the sublime guitarist Jeffrey Burr and the aforementioned keyboard genius Adam Shulman on organ. We’re giddy with anticipation!

And Sunday? You mean Sunday, April 7th? At 5pm? Why, it’s Fred Randolph’s Bishop O’Dowd HS Jazz Ensemble! and a jam for young players conducted by world renowned Akira Tana! The present is secure and the future is bright!

And that’s just the first week of April! The calendar is full well into the summer… check it out!

Come to the shop and hear the music! And browse the books! If you can’t find something you’ll like, you’re being too closed minded! No room for that. Get a book, and read it!


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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.

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

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

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