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!

Friday, July 24 – 7:30pm
jazz from the bookshop, live streamed to you!
Santiago/Cetto Duo
Javier Santiago, piano + Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass

Tune in for two sets of jazz classics & originals by two of the Bay Area’s stellar young musicians, captured for you by rising star Nico Mesa — the man who made our last live stream with this duo shine so brightly. Want to quickly get to the heart of the matter? Go to the 22 minute mark, and catch their treatment of Wayne Shorter’s “United” — you’ll be dazzled and ready for tonight’s show.

Giulio Cetto / Javier Santiago duo

Giulio Cetto / Javier Santiago duoThe bassist Giulio Xavier Cetto and the pianist Javier Santiago, both prominent figures on the San Francisco jazz scene, share an apartment here in San Francisco; fortunately, that cohabitating status allows us to book them as a duo for our live stream series, and we welcome them back!

Posted by Bird & Beckett Books on Friday, May 29, 2020

For obvious reasons, pianist Javier Santiago and bassist Giulio Xavier Cetto have been in high demand and of high repute on the local jazz scene in recent years, having each arrived in San Francisco not long ago… first, Giulio, a Stockton native, and a bit later, Javi, with roots in Minneapolis. Before either made their way to San Francisco, the two had met in Cetto’s Stockton, where Javi was enrolled at the Brubeck Institute. Individually and together, they’re strong threads in the rich fabric that is San Francisco jazz. We’re proud to call them friends and host them here for another collaboration, again with Nico on the board.

Live from the bookshop stage,
jazz by the best local players every Friday evening at 7:30pm
viewable for the time being on malevolent facebook,

where you DO NOT need to be registered to tune in…

just find the Bird & Beckett facebook page
and gaze upon the goings on here in the shop!
(fb doesn’t need to know your name or steal your information)
here’s a link: https://www.facebook.com/bird.and.beckett/


We can’t yet host in-store audiences for our events, and thus your donations are crucial and hugely appreciated so that we may adequately compensate the artists for their talents and their labors.

Suggested “cover charge” for our music live streams:
$20 for duos / $25 for trios
for book events and talks, we suggest $10-20
~~~sliding scale $1 to $100~~~

Pay what you can but pay something!

Would you ask your brain surgeon to wield his scalpel for free?
Prefer that someone else footed the bill and there was single payer healthcare for all?
Lobby for that and for government support of our culture workers while you’re at it!

For now, drop a check or cash by the shop,
~ ~ ~ or ~ ~ ~
use Paypal at this link: https://tinyurl.com/Donate-B-and-B
or use the Venmo app, sending your funds to @birdandbeckett

Why patronize Bird & Beckett’s live stream?
And why not just drop in and drop out without dropping a dime?

Because, friends, these professional musicians, with decades in the business,
are representative of the high caliber jazz that San Francisco presents to the world with great pride!

And because these professional musicians are playing for wages–not tips, the door or a percentage of the bar–in a time when gigs have mostly disappeared and gig income has been hit hard.

The guaranteed wage for Bird & Beckett’s live stream performances is $150 to $200 per musician depending on the number of musicians on stage; those guarantees are augmented to the extent your cover charge at our live stream events make possible.

We love you madly, and we greatly appreciate your support of San Francisco’s shared and diverse culture, where the performer, the audience and the venue each brings something uniquely valuable to the table and where each is richly rewarded.

It should be noted that Bird & Beckett is allied in our efforts with other fine organizations interested in stabilizing and improving the wages and working conditions of the City’s jazz players:

—     Jazz in the Neighborhood (“JitN”), an organization dedicated to raising the compensation and working standards of jazz musicians and music teachers all around the Bay Area, while encouraging the growth of a broad and nuanced landscape of venues;

—     Grants for the Arts (“GFTA”), a city agency charged with insuring the health and richness of San Francisco’s artistic culture by supporting artists and arts organizations alike to ensure their long-term stability and growth; and the

—     Independent Musicians Alliance (the “IMA”), a solidarity organization for gigging musicians and music teachers that promotes transparency, equity and proper levels of remuneration in their professional engagements. 

These three organizations provide crucial support for the efforts of Bird & Beckett and its nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the “BBCLP”).

The BBCLP seeks and puts to use your recurring and one-time donations to to pay fair wages, to pay music licensing fees and operating costs, and to keep the jazz & literary flame burning. You can help!  https://tinyurl.com/Donate-B-and-B

It’s all happening all the time at Bird & Beckett!

Bird & Beckett is located on Chenery Street in San Francisco’s Glen Park, hard by the amazing Glen Canyon nature preserve nestled in 60 acres of the San Miguel hills on the southeastern slope of Twin Peaks. Proud to be enjoying a twenty-year tenure as San Francisco’s southernmost literary and jazz joint! Founded May 1999.


To take our SURVEY, click here, and help the BBCLP get to know you better! As Duke Ellington always said, we love you madly...

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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