653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood
Due to the current intensity of the pandemic
we are now open six days a week
Tuesdays to Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.
Browsing is now limited to one to two patrons at a time.
Orders are gratefully accepted by email, phone or in person,
and pickup at the door is encouraged; delivery is also possible.
Stay tuned for the next B&B benefit party in Jerry Ferraz's backyard! Here's some video of the last one!
Friday, August 28 – 7:30pm
Scott R. Looney / André Custodio Duo
jazz from the bookshop live streamed on YouTube and facebook every Friday
Scott R. Looney, piano
André Custodio, drums
explore the boundaries of jazz in duo interplay,
drawing inspiration from bop and avant traditions.
Use the links below to view & listen,
and to help us pay the musicians.
Pay your “cover charge” – i.e., donate!
$1-$200 sliding scale
Scott R. Looney studied composition and improvisation with Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Morton Subotnick and Frederic Rzewski, obtaining his MFA in Composition from California Institute of the Arts. He’s forged a signature style using the inside and outside of the piano, plucking strings, using metal implements and other quick preparations, in combination with playing the piano in conventional ways.
Scott has recorded and/or performed with a growing list of world class improvisers: Wolfgang Fuchs, Jon Raskin (of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet), Henry Kaiser, Gianni Gebbia, Gino Robair, Marco Eneidi, and Paul Smoke. He has played in numerous West Coast festivals, such as the Olympia Experimental Festival, the Big Sur Experimental Music Fest, the Line Space Line Festival in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival. He recently toured Israel and Germany with saxophonist Ariel Shibolet and bassist Damon Smith.
André Custodio began percussion studies at age 11 in the early 80s with timbalero Karl Perazzo (Santana). Perazzo helped André land his first professional gig on nationally syndicated television on SF KRON4’s ‘Just Kidding’. He studied drums privately with Bob Danielson (Beach Blanket Babylon) and Mat Marucci (John Tchicai), and has toured internationally with punk band Say Bok Gwai and in some of these United States with singer-songwriter Terese Taylor.
André has performed on jazz casuals, with rock & roll cover bands, for music event production firms and with independent singer-songwriters. He’s worked with the North American British American Business Council, the San Francisco British Consulate, the California Life Sciences Foundation, Non-Stop Productions, the Impact Fund and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. André’s jazz quartet, Consensual Bop, plays for all sorts of events (including an appearance last year at Bird & Beckett). They’ll be back by the spring if not sooner. Hopefully, when audiences can once again assemble in the shop!
Bird & Beckett’s jazz in the bookshop
Friday evening jazz series
— temporarily reworked as
live streamed jazz from the bookshop —
is San Francisco’s longest-running
weekly neighborhood jazz party.
We’ve never skipped a Friday since October 2022!
$10-20 suggested donation tonight – consider it your “cover charge” and help us meet our guarantee to Scott and André. This link allows you to use PayPal. You can also use the Venmo app on a smartphone and send your payment to @birdandbeckett. If you spot a way to make your payment attributable to Custodio/Looney, that’ll help us channel it to them, but we have other ways (including emailing you to ask) if we’re not sure. Or you can drop by the shop before or after with a check book or a wad of cash! It all serves the purpose & the cause!
All of these approaches help us meet the musicians’ guarantees and provide the potential for exceeding those guarantees — an important goal in these times of no gigs and no gig income! Pay what you can. And if you can, please know that what you pay helps us pay San Francisco’s fine professional cultural workers. We believe that professional musicians should be working for fair wages, not just relying on “tips.”
Bird & Beckett’s overall cultural programming is made possible by individual donations and institutional grants to its nonprofit organization, the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project. The same donation approach you use to pay your cover charge can be used to donate to the nonprofit. Please consider a monthly recurring donation. It adds up, can be less painful to you and is a huge help to us!
It takes you and a lot of organizational efforts to make it all work.
You are crucial, as audience, donor or both.
We thank you, and as Duke Ellington always said, we love you madly!
Available Now at Bird & Beckett
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Fits nicely in an invitation envelope for mailing. Fits in a pocket as well.
~~ Poetry as philosophy to plumb the deeper truths of these times ~~
$15 and worth every penny
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Jerry Ferraz is a keystone of
the Bird & Beckett cultural edifice, built by you through your decades-long love and support.
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