Stay tuned for the next B&B benefit party in Jerry Ferraz's backyard! Here's some video of the last one!
jazz in the bookshop
jazz in the bookshop
every Friday since 2002!
all ages welcome! $10 per adult suggested donation
Friday, October 21st, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Tenor player Chuck Peterson proposed the series back in the fall of 2002, telling us he’d make sure we had a band every single week if we’d promise to provide the venue — and both sides to that pact have kept their word.
Chuck brought bassist Don Prell into the mix, and Don brought in guitarist Scott Foster, and so it’s gone ever since. In fact, the band grew to eight pieces in the tiny performance space at the “old” location down on Diamond Street before splintering into more manageable units that make up the current rotation of four and five-piece combos. For this date, they’re joined by drummer Omar Aran, who plays with a wonderfully understated and crisp swing that sets the music free.
Friday, October 28th, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
The Chuck Peterson Quintet
with Dorothy Lefkovits
When Chuck carried his tenor saxophone down to the Bay Area from Portland’s Reed College in about 1950, he fell in with a lot of young cats who were mad to play bebop, congregating around San Francisco State College (that would have been at the old campus, on Buchanan at Market Street). His compatriots in this band all have similar 60-year tenure in the music.
For the fourth Friday of each month, Chuck Peterson has assembled a like-minded crew of jazz veterans, including Howie Dudune on reeds, Glen Deardorff on guitar, Dean Reilly on bass, and Tony Johnson on drums.
And each month they invite the wonderful Dorothy Lefkovits to the bandstand to sing a few of the tunes that she does so well…
The fourth Friday of every month is their date to swing like mad, and to swing so sweetly, on the Bird & Beckett bandstand…
"It is in doubt and not in faith that the salvation of the world is to be found. Faith is a delusion and a snare: a pitfall, a prison. It intimidates the intellect. With fear of eternal damnation religion crushes intellectual activity; with hero worship it destroys individuality; with hopes for the beyond it prevents the growth of ideals for the present. It makes of us a race of intellectual cowards; it changes but little if any our daily conduct toward each other. But doubt sets us free."
-- Job Harriman, 1902
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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