653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

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Tuesday to Sunday
noon to six


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

Jimmy Ryan Quintet

Friday, June 8 – 5:30 to 8:00 pm

The Jimmy Ryan Quintet

jazz in the bookshop
Fridays in Glen Park

Jimmy Ryan has been our drummer of choice at Bird & Beckett since the Friday evening series started in October 2002… first with the late guitarist Henry Irvin’s band (featuring vocalist Dorothy Lefkovits), then with the regular Friday crew, which was led by Chuck Peterson on tenor sax with Scott Foster on guitar and Don Prell on bass.  All four of these core instrumentalists, and Dorothy as well, continue to keep the jazz flame burning each week at Bird & Beckett.  We’ve never missed a Friday session since the beginning– so we’re coming up on 500 consecutive Fridays very soon indeed.

Now Don leads a band, “SeaBop” on the first Friday of the month, Jimmy leads one on the second Friday (which features Scott on guitar, bassist Bishu Chatterjee or Charles Thomas, and horn players Danny Grewen on trombone and Henry Hung on trumpet).  Then on the third Friday, Chuck, Don and Scott typically team up with drummer Ron Marabuto or Omar Aran; and on the fourth Friday, Chuck leads a quintet with Howie Dudune on reeds, Glen Deardorff on guitar, Dean Reilly on bass and Tony Johnson on drums, and Dorothy singing.

You all have been great, donating to pay the band each week and contributing to the nonprofit to make up the difference when the collection jars fall a little short.  Keep the jazz flame burning, indeed!



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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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The Independent Musicians Alliance

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