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, March 15th – 6-8pm
The Jazz Happy Hour presents
the Scott Foster Ensemble, featuring
The Saxophone Congress!

The Saxophone Congress — three baritone sax players — Danny Bittker, Larry De La Cruz and Jim Peterson — with guitarist Scott Foster and drummer Dan Foltz perform music by Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman and Carla Bley!

Jazz in the bookshop every Friday, 6-8pm. A weekly tradition since 2002.
Scott Foster Ensemble residency every third Friday!

$25 suggested donation for quintets, but pay what you can and byob.
Kids under 12, free; teens and music students, $5-$10 sliding scale.

Your cover charge at the show helps us guarantee a fair wage to the musicians that work here. Individual donations from a great many generous members of the Bird & Beckett community are also required to meet that commitment, and for those we are very grateful.

If you can and haven’t, please join our supporters.

Bird & Beckett will always be a work in progress… Thanks for being part of the solution with your dollars, ears, intellect and loyalty!

Streaming the show? Please donate to help feed the musicians and support our efforts!


Help strengthen  a vibrant music scene in the Bay Area and beyond by voicing your support for Fair Play for Musicians today. Support the Fair Play Initiative, a Bay Area coalition of musicians, grassroots organizations, organized labor and cultural producers working together to improve freelance musicians’ wages and working conditions. Sponsors include the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project, the Independent Musicians Alliance, Jazz in the Neighborhood, Whippoorwill Arts , AFM Local 6, the San Francisco Labor Council, the Contra Costa County Labor Council, the Alameda County Labor Council, the South Bay Labor Council, and IATSE Local 16.

Fair Play’s first step is to partner with selected cities to establish a guaranteed pay “floor” secured through a “prevailing wage ordinance” in city charters. It would not put a ceiling on what musicians are paid to work on municipally-financed events, series, and festivals but rather standardize a minimum rate to eliminate unclear or exploitive pay practices that are insufficient to sustain musicians as they work hard and struggle to live in the very expensive Bay Area.

Following up on this prevailing wage effort, Fair Play will further shore up musicians’ working conditions and opportunities:  initiate city-based fair procurement standards that include equity in booking, full disabled access and professional protections and benefits for all working musicians, along with other city-based support favorable to venues, community agencies, and producers who adhere to these protocols (such as permitting help and grants) to help venues & producers who strive to treat Musicians fairly.

Read more about how you can support the Fair Play Initiative here.

It’s up to us, the public, to convince our elected representatives in local governments around the San Francisco Bay to make it possible for freelance musicians to afford to live here, practice their craft here, and enrich our lives!


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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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