Legendary alto player Bishop Norman William passes away, December 8, 2010 We’re saddened to note the passing of Bishop Norman Williams, a much loved and respected alto player born in Kansas City in 1938, and a fixture on the San Francisco scene since 1961.Â He played with top-flight musicians from Phineas Newborn to George Coleman to Max Roach, and countless others, and was a teacher on the bandstand to a whole generation of bop-inclined San Francisco musicians who are among the finest of the young players around today.Â Read more on Bishop on our tumblr blog.Read More
Autobiography of Mark Twain One of the really big books of the season. Stands to reason! Twain dictated this material (which will run to three volumes when publication is complete) in the last four years of his life- charging his executors with the instruction that it was to remain unpublished until he’d been dead a hundred years. One of a handful of America’s greatest writers, handling material he’d been anxious to compile for three decades or more- during which time he’d made numerous false starts. Beginning in January 1906, however, he dictated to a stenographer almost daily, working in as well some of the earlier attempts, and declared the job done in December 1909. Here’s the first third, in all its glory!Read More
Books for the holidays, and for the moment! Patti Smith‘s new memoir about her youthful times with Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids, went to paperback in late September and won the National Book Award in mid-November. It’s been a moving and gratifying reading experience for dozens of people we’ve talked to in the shop. And then there’s Keith Richards‘ biography, published last month in hardcover, called Life. Keith’s lived a baker’s dozen of them already – lives, that is – and writes about them with terrific narrative drive and humor. Rock stars, both- and as it turns out, prose writers to the core. Keith had more help than Patti, we understand, but proved his mettle as an editor with this one.Read More
Benjamin Aaron Goldberg, William Altrist Bernard, Scott Anthony Amendola Serving you since the 1900â€™sRead More
$20 cover/sliding scale available. Featuring the renowned country blues singer, Uncle Joe â€œLuckyâ€ Beckett, and backed by the most dangerous backing band west of the Sacramento River, the Hardly Strictly Family Band plays a mix of your favorite country blues, folk, and Americana music. The Hardly Strictly Family Band features: Uncle Joe â€œLuckyâ€ Beckett: Vocals Henry Hung: Trumpet Kristen Strom: Tenor Sax James Mahone: Alto Sax Scott Sorkin: Guitar Brandon Essex: Bass Though Uncle Joe may get lost on the way to many of his shows, the rest of the Hardly Strictly Family Band can always be relied on to keep the place rocking ’til he arrives. The Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund will be supporting this one, with $150 going to each musician, to help them keep their families shod and shorn in this expensive City by the Bay. Your $20 cover charge at the door is a crucial…Read More
They come from beyond! What do you make of that? More to the point, what does Walker make of that?? Inquiring minds want to know!!!Read More
Raffi Garabedian, saxophone Richard Sears, piano Miles Wick, bass Tim Bulkley, drums Just jazz. Like you think it should be, and more. $20 cover charge; sliding scale availableRead More
“The only war is the war on the imagination” – Diane di Prima. Poets read to commemorate the March 5, 2007 destruction by car bomb of Al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad’s bookseller’s street named for the 10th century Iraqi poet. This tragedy, in which 26 died and a great many bookshops and stalls were decimated, marked a sad and vividÂ turn in the second Iraq war, which began with the American invasion in 2003. Ever since that event, with the motto “Al-Mutanabbi Street starts here,” poets, writers and artists across the world have sought to show solidarity with the Iraqi people by endeavoring to keep the memory of that terrible event alive through their words and art. Readings are being staged far and wide on March 5th and the days immediately around it, including ours on Monday, the 6th, in which many of our most politically committed poets will address the tragedy and…Read More
We tend to think of Girl Fry as a Latina punk band from L.A., but perhaps that’s simplistic. We’re given to understand thatÂ Girl Fry or Girl Friar is a music project that is harvested semi-annually (though sometimes quarterly). The species is a hybrid descended from both the South and Central American Vaquero and the Iberian Guitarrista. Girl Fry may be identified by bright electric motifs on black or dark gray background, or by signature wailing. Any measure of mass has been reportedly inconsistent; therefor, girl friyae is traditionally identified via visual and auditory cues. They are often confused with other species within the Punk, Riot girl, Folk, Latin, and Queer genera. The proper classification of Girl Fry has been subject to much debate. Come by the shop and we’ll play you the recording from last August, when they last passed through Bird & Beckett. You’ll begin to understand… Do endeavor…Read More
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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