San Franciscoâ€™s longest running neighborhood jazz party every Friday evening since Oct. 2002
Every Friday, 6-8pm! Plus the occasional (frequent) late show, 8:30-10pm.
Third Friday of each month â€“ The Scott Foster Combo â€” Guitarist Scott Foster assembles a fresh group with a new focus every month. Â Always an amazing session!
Fourth Fridays â€” Drummer Tony Johnson, still sporting the Aussie accent of his own youth, swings effortlessly and keeps time with unerring precision. He brings in a quartet of talented musicians, often The 230 Jones Street Band.
Our weekly Friday “jazz in the bookshop” series is the cornerstone of our live music programming.Â Come hear what itâ€™s all about! Â Â jazz in a bebop / straight-ahead mode by some consummate long-time professionals and many of the best of the Young Turks on the local sceneâ€¦
Reed man Chuck Peterson was the one who got it all going, back in late 2002, when he told us heâ€™d make sure we always had good musicians if weâ€™d just guarantee them a venue â€” and heâ€™s more than kept his word. Heâ€™s a veteran of the 1950s San Francisco scene and the 1960s live tv bands (remember Don Sherwood? and did you know Tennessee Ernie Ford used a live jazz combo in his local tv show here as well?). Chuckâ€™s career continued with decades in the pit orchestras of the San Francisco theatre district and playing bari sax in the Rudy Salvini Big Band. Â Since he got the jazz ball rolling at Bird & Beckett, we’ve presented more than 600 consecutive Friday performances, with never a missed date!
Your contributions at the shows make up the lionâ€™s share of what we use to pay the performers each week augmented as necessary from our general fund raised through the direct annual contributions to the nonprofit by â€œpeople like you.”