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in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

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Friday, August 17th – 5:30-8:00 pm
The Scott Foster Quartet, featuring novelist Terry Tarnoff,
spotlighting the jazz of 1947!
jazz in the bookshop, every Friday since October 2002!

$10-20 suggested donation; $5 for students/musicians/low income.

1947: When bebop was hitting its peak
and American jazz was newly energized!
Bird, Diz, Monk, Bud, Max, Kenny…

Guitarist Scott Foster leads a superb quartet through the paces,
tracing 1947 as it unfurled before a few galvanized souls in a n
narcoticized by a consumerist fog that blanketed the land.

 In other words, a time much like our own! But with amazing music!

Joining Scott are Danny Brown on tenor sax; Eric Markowitz on bass; and Vince Lateano on drums.

Special guest Terry Tarnoff, North Beach novelist, joins the band towards the end of the first set to read passages from his novel The Chronicle of Stolen Dreams – a road novel and bildungsroman unfurling as Chicago blues, bebop and alien encounters shape the emerging mid-century modern America.

David Amram, long-time collaborator with Jack Kerouac, says, “Terry Tarnoff is a writer whose every word, like a great blues master’s instrumental solos, pulls you into his world. His tales are alternately engrossing, touching and hilarious.”


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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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