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

Live streamed jazz in the bookshop this evening “after work” – 4/24/20, 5:30pm!
Frankly heroic!
on facebook this evening!

You know what we’ve said for years now– “Never a missed Friday since 2002!”

It’s been true for well over 900 Fridays, and remains true to this day.

Not so easy to keep to that with the pandemic shutting down so-called normal life, but “cohabitating musicians” Jon and Noah Frank, père et fils, step up this Friday to give you two sets of duo and solo jazz from the Bird & Beckett jazz lair on Chenery Street! Jazz Heroes for sure!

Those of you who frequent San Francisco’s wonderful Ocean Ale House over in the Ingleside near City College, and especially their 1st and 3rd Wednesday jam sessions led by Noah, with Greg Jacobs, piano; Curtis Aikens, bass; and Jon Frank, drums,  know their work. Jon and Noah have have played together and in their own individual groups at Bird & Beckett many times through the years, and we’re overjoyed at their willingness to pull this date together to keep the jazz flame burning for the Glen Park neighborhood and the world via facebook live stream this Friday!

That’s right, we’re still on facebook for these live streams…
youtube apparently takes it’s sweet time getting folks duly validated to live stream there… we’ll get there!
for now, facebook’s the place!

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Here’s some video of Noah and Jon in performance at Ocean Ale House promoting a Nov. 2018 gig that was coming up at Iyengar Yoga Studio.

Says Jon,

Noah and I have dedicated our lives to playing jazz.  He is a full time jazz trumpeter working with his own band and with many different artists. He was gigging 7-9 gigs a week when the quarantine happened.  When I retired from 39 years of teaching instrumental music in the public schools last year, I started practicing drums three hours a day and studying with George Marsh.  I have a regular gigging schedule now as a bandleader and sideman.

Noah and  I have started practicing piano and trumpet tunes again while we have been quarantined at home this past month. I look forward to rekindling our piano-trumpet duo that we started in 2007 when Noah was in high school.

Jon Frank is a freelance jazz drummer who has been performing in San Francisco since 1974. He has a BA in music education from SF State with a major in percussion, and taught instrumental music in SF for 39 years, before retiring in 2018. Currently, Jon is studying drums with George Marsh.  He has an active performance schedule with his group, the Jon Frank Jazz Quartet (JFJQ), and as a sideman. He plays regularly at local venues such as Bird and Beckett Bookstore, Café Claude, Osteria Divino, Atlas Cafe and the
Ocean Ale House.

Noah Frank is a jazz trumpeter and composer from San Francisco. He studied music at Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts (SOTA) and graduated with a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music in Boston.  Noah has performed at many venues, including Yoshi’s, Blue Note Napa, Back Room, Red Poppy Art House, Portland Jazz Festival, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Jazz Club in LA, Jazzschool, and La Pena.  He is the bandleader of the hip-hop jazz group, Suenos.


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