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!

Don Prell’s SeaBop Ensemble

jazz in the bookshop
every Friday since 2002!

Friday, October 7th, 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Don Prell’s
Seabop Ensemble

The first Friday of each month, bassist Don Prell puts together a combo and puts them through their paces, chasing down the bebop changes that continue to intrigue and delight us.

This week, reed & flute player Jerry Logas, plus Michael Parsons, piano, and Chris Bjorkbom, drums.

Don got his start in LA in the 50s, touring nationally and internationally for several years as the bassist for famed sax player Bud Shank’s quartet.  He’s truly mad about the music, and his enthusiasm is infectious.



Friday, October 14th, 5:30 to 8:00 pm

The Jimmy Ryan Quintet

jazz in the bookshop

Since late 2002, Bird & Beckett has hosted regular weekly jazz sessions by some of the finest seasoned players in the city and some of the best of the young lions coming up — it’s a neighborhood, after-work, kick-off-the-weekend tradition, and its a lab for the eternal youth of the music we know as bebop.

The second Friday of each month, the vitality of the music is demonstrated by drummer Jimmy Ryan’s ensemble.  Jimmy learned his chops in the late ’50s and early ’60s, first in L.A. and then in San Francisco where he was a regular at Bop City and other legendary clubs.  Now, at Bird & Beckett, he features a quintet with guitarist Scott Foster and bassist Bishu Chatterjee, with a front line of trumpeter Henry Hung and trombonist Danny Grewen.  Youth and experience combine for a sizzling and joyous outing every time!  Bring five or ten bucks to help us pay the band!


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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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