653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

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Tuesday to Sunday
noon to six


Live Streams every weekend!
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YouTube channel!

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

Labor Day Jazz Marathon!
Monday September 7th
from Noon to Nine!

All day long Monday, in eleven 30-minute sets, professional Bay Area jazz musicians take the bookshop stage in duos, trios and quartets! 

All live streamed to you via YouTube & Facebook.

Scroll down for the schedule!

The show will be at its best when you have a large screen and nice speakers in play, but if you’re out hiking or picnicking in the parks, catch it on your phone!

Celebrate Labor Day and honor the musicians that make jazz their job!

The Independent Musician’s Alliance is guaranteeing each individual musician $50 per set for their work, and we hope you’ll stake us to that with your donations via PayPal (https://www.tinyurl.donate-b-and-b) or using the Venmo app on your smartphone (sending to @birdandbeckett).

It’s just a small payday in a time when unemployment is rampant and gigs are scarce. But it’s potentially larger depending on your ability to be generous in these economically perilous times.

Significantly, it’s our signal that professional musicians should be able to expect guarantees when they go out to play, not pass the hat, play “for the door” or rely on tips though the payment services. Sometimes, that pays off, but you wouldn’t find your dentist or car mechanic operating that way! Much less your brain surgeon!  The Independent Musicians Alliance, Jazz in the Neighborhood and The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project are determined to keep the issue of fair wages for our culture workers front and center as our society works hard and with creativity to move through its current crises into a healthier and sustainable future.

This marathon is our way to honor labor and to call attention to not only the incredible jazz talent we enjoy from the Bay Area’s professional jazz community, but also to suggest an alternative to the economic structures that have historically made plying that trade very difficult for most.

Support live music & the musicians who make it their livelihood!

suggested cover charge — $20
sliding scale — $2 to $200

If you’re struggling in these tough times, keep your wallet shut.
The show is on us & your friends in the cyberstream!

But if you’re doing ok, help some musicians who are struggling.

Use the links below:

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YouTube  or  Facebook

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12 noon: The Steve Stein / Ellen Kerr Experience

Steve Stein, guitar & piano; Ellen Kerr, vocal; Phil Bryan, bass; Bill Keaney, drums

12:45: The Nancy Wright Trio #1
Nancy Wright, tenor sax; Eric Shifrin, piano; Bing Nathan, bass

1:30: The Nancy Wright Trio #2
Nancy Wright, tenor sax; Robert Kennedy, organ; Isaac Schwartz, drums

2:30: The Simon Rowe Quartet – 1st set
Andrew Speight, saxophone; Simon Rowe, piano; Eric Markowitz, bass; Sylvia Cuenca, drums

3:15: The Simon Rowe Quartet – 2nd set
plus guests Mario Guarneri, trumpet & Chris Amberger, bass

4:00 – Nora Stanley / Lorin Benedict
Nora Stanley, tenor sax; Lorin Benedict, vocal

5:00 – Aaron Germain Trio
Henry Hung, trumpet; Kai Lyons,
guitar, Aaron Germain, bass

5:45 – Ollie Dudek Trio
Kai Lyons, guitar; Ollie Dudek, bass; Vince De Jesus, drums

6:30 – Rob Reich Trio
Rob Reich, accordion & glockenspiel; John Wiitala, bass; Eric Garland, drums

7:15 – Marcelo Perez Trio
Javier Santiago, piano; Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass, Marcelo Perez, drums

8:15 – Gaea Schell Trio
Gaea Schell, piano, flute & vocals; Jordan Samuels, guitar; John Wiitala, bass


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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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