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!
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But nothing beats being in the room
with the music & the musicians!

Every Friday, 5:30 to 8:00pm:
jazz in the bookshop

We’ve been doing it for 11 straight years now– straight-ahead hard bop every Friday evening by seasoned pros and some of the most talented youngsters on the San Francisco scene, ever since sax player Chuck Peterson got the ball rolling back in October of 2002.  Last month, we finished out our 11th year of consecutive Fridays, with never a missed date — that’s about 575 Fridays in a row, and counting! 

First Fridays, veteran bassist Don Prell (who traveled the world with the Bud Shank Quartet in the late ’50s) leads his Seabop Ensemble.  Jerry Logas on sax & Michael Parsons on piano, plus a drummer to be named…

Second Fridays, it’s drummer Jimmy Ryan and his Bird & Beckett Bebop Band, featuring hard driving jazz veteran Don Alberts on piano — with a front line on November 8th featuring Henry Hung on trumpet, and Danny Brown on sax, complemented by Aaron Cohn on bass.

On the third Friday of the month, guitarist Scott Foster puts together a band from some of the best young talent around.  In November, his band includes David Boyce(sax), Noah Shenker (bass) and Dave Mihaly (drums).  Boyce co-founded the amazing and legendary Broun Fellinis several decades ago…

And on the fourth Fridays, series founder Chuck Peterson, a fine reed player with 60 years in the business, brings in a quintet made up of guys who all got their start in the 1950s — the lovely & talented Howard Dudune on reeds, much in demand bassist Dean Reilly, hard-driving guitarist Glen Deardorff and the hard swinging Tony Johnson on drums.  In November, they’re joined by vocalist Dorothy Lefkovits!

Special bookings when there are five Fridays…

In November, world-class stride pianist Mike Lipskin is here with Jerry Logas on reeds and renowned ragtime guitarist Craig Ventresco.

In January, it’s the Dave Parker Quintet, with Charles Hamilton on trombone, Jerry Logas on sax, and Greg German on drums.  Live recording session!

Join us, and your neighbors & new friends, for a terrific end-of-the-work-week tradition.  Never a cover charge on Fridays at Bird & Beckett, but bring five or ten bucks to help us pay the band!  Kids welcome, too!

Don Prell's Seabop Ensemble - First Fridays

Don Prell’s Seabop Ensemble – First Fridays

Jimmy Ryan's Bird & Beckett Bebop Band - Second Fridays

Jimmy Ryan’s Bird & Beckett Bebop Band – Second Fridays

The Scott Foster Ensemble - Third Fridays

The Scott Foster Ensemble – Third Fridays

The Chuck Peterson Quintet - Fourth Fridays

The Chuck Peterson Quintet – Fourth Fridays


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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.

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