Live Streams Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, and more!

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Friday, May 20 – 7:30pm
The Tom Hassett Experiment

Tom Hasset drums Dan Seamans bass Jim Peterson saxes Scott Foster guitar $20 cash cover charge; $10-20 sliding scale – first time free! Covid numbers are rising, so we’ll be limiting the audience to about 20 people and returning to masks for the time being. Doors open at 7:20pm. Show at 7:30. BYOB as well…

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Friday, May 20 – 7:30pm
The Tom Hassett Experiment

Tom Hasset drums Dan Seamans bass Jim Peterson saxes Scott Foster guitar $20 cash cover charge; $10-20 sliding scale – first time free! Covid numbers are rising, so we’ll be limiting the audience to about 20 people and returning to masks for the time being. Doors open at 7:20pm. Show at 7:30. BYOB as well…

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Mark Your Calendar
Saturday, May 21 – 7:30pm
George Cotsirilos Quartet
cd release concert – “Refuge”

George Cotsirilos, guitar Keith Saunders, piano Robb Fisher, bass Ron Marabuto, drums $20 cash cover charge; $10-20 sliding scale – first time free! Covid numbers are rising, so we’ll be limiting the audience to about 20 people and returning to masks for the time being. Reservations, call 415-586-3733. Doors open at 7:20pm. Show at 7:30.…

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Sunday, May 22 – 5pm
Slug Teacher
Dave Tidball, voice & clarinets, with, Galen Grant, percussion

$20 cash cover charge; $10-20 sliding scale – first time free! Covid numbers are rising, so we’ll be limiting the audience to about 20 people and returning to masks for the time being. Doors open at 7:20pm. Show at 7:30. BYOB as well as a mask. You can also take the show in live streamed…

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Thursday, May 26 – 5pm
Annette A. Aguilar & Friends
Latin & Brazilian Jazz for Carnaval

SF-born & raised, NY-based Latin jazz drummer & percussionist Annette Aguilar is in town to play Carnaval this weekend! Catch her at Bird & Beckett Thursday 5/26 at 5pm with Anthony Blea on violin, Murray Low on piano and Mike Arnold on bass. ___________________________ Here’s a taste of Annette with her New York band, Annette…

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Mark your calendar:
Thursday, May 26 – 7:30pm
Eddie Henderson Quartet

A jazz giant visits Bird & Beckett tonight in the company of three colleagues of considerable stature and experience themselves–if a generation or two removed. We’re pleased and deeply honored to present the eminent trumpeter Eddie Henderson in the company of his associates Peter Zak on piano, Marcos Varela on bass and Sylvia Cuenca on…

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Plan your 5-Day, 7-Event
Carnaval / Memorial Day weekend!
Do drop by!

ANNETTE A AGUILAR LATIN-BRAZILIAN JAZZ QUARTET Thursday 5/26 at 5pm EDDIE HENDERSON QUARTET Thursday 5/26 at 7:30pm TONY JOHNSON QUARTET Friday 5/27 at 7:30pm ROB REICH QUARTET Saturday 5/28 at 7:30pm THE EVANGENITALS Sunday 5/29 at 4pm _________ VINCE LATEANO DOGGONE JAZZ JAM SESSION Sunday 5/29 at 7pm __________ FRANCIS WONG SPECIAL QUARTET Francis Wong,…

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Protest the deep cuts planned at City College of San Francisco

  TAKE ACTION TODAY AT 4PM: CAMP CONLAN AT CCSF OCEAN CAMPUS 4-4:30 SUPERVISOR DEAN PRESTON VISITS & THEN A GROUP WILL BE TAKING DIRECT ACTION TO DEFEND CITY COLLEGE. ALL SUPPORTERS ENCOURAGED TO BE PRESENT & MAKE THE FIGHT FOR CCSF VISIBLE. IF YOU CANNOT MAKE IT IN PERSON, HERE’S THE LIVESTREAM: https://fb.me/e/2kD12p9Ru CCSF…

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O Pioneers of the Cosmostream! We’ve been vaccinating you against the plague of boredom and the scourge of demagoguery with live streamed events twice a week and more since March 2020, when it all came down!

Hungry to hear some of Bird & Beckett’s past live streams? On the home page you can scroll down to read the individual posts for the shows we’ve mounted in the past several months, a hint of what’s gone down since the pandemic lock-down began. In more amazing times, it would take you right back…

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Yes! Believe your five senses–
shows for in-store audiences
resumed in mid-June 2021, and continue,
albeit masked.

Bird & Beckett’s events open to the public have been back since mid-June 2021. Mask up and come in! (do please bring proof of full vaccination. Not vaxxed? Please get vaxxed and join us!) Jazz, poetry & more live in the shop and live streamed Come to 653 Chenery if you’re in town! Doors open…

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Chuck Peterson, 2/8/31-2/18/22

Saxophonist and good friend Chuck Peterson passed this past Friday, February 18, 2022. Born February 8, 1931, he was 91 when he left us. Many of you have heard or lived some of Chuck’s story along the way. We know it imperfectly but we have a feel for it, for Chuck, for those who traveled…

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Sunday, May 15 – 5pm
Sukhawat Ali Khan Ensemble

Sukhawat Ali Khan returns to Bird & Beckett with an ensemble of musicians steeped in Sufi music and Sukhawat’s own family’s 600-year-old Hindustani classical musical tradition, the Sham Chorasi Gharana, best known to contemporary audiences worldwide from the work of his father and uncle, the brothers Salamat and Nazakat Ali Khan. The Sham Chorasi Gharana was established…

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Sunday, May 15 – 2:30pm
Floyd Salas Celebration

Celebrate the life of Floyd Salas, with friends and family. Floyd Salas (1/24/31-10/17/21) was a novelist, social activist, boxer and boxing coach. A cofounder of PEN Oakland in 1989, he was a key figure in San Francisco Bay Area literary and social justice circles for six decades. His literary work is highly regarded by aficionados…

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Sunday, May 15 – 11:30am
book party in the shop!
Diamond Heights children’s book author
Mark Shoffner – The Witches of Glen Park!

Please join us for a book launch party! The Witches of Glen Park the second book of Mark Shoffner’s DarkHouse series (after Miriam: The Witch of Glen Park) Author reading & treats; all ages welcome! What’s not normal about a family of… witches? Ruth Levin has settled into a nice routine with her mother Miriam.…

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Saturday, May 14 – 7:30pm
Francis Vanek Quartet

Francis Vanek, tenor sax Randy Vincent, guitar Chris Amberger, bass Jeff Minneweather, drums Francis Vanek leads an all-star quartet, musicians long embraced by Bird & Beckett audiences. Francis is a well known North Coast tenor player. He hails from Pittsburgh, PA, having cut his teeth with such masters as Carl Arter, JC Moses and Roger…

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Friday, May 13 – 7:30pm
The Pepe Jacobo Afro Cuban Ensemble

Drummer Pepe Jacobo returns with his terrific quartet featuring Bob Crawford on piano, Ayla Avila on bass and Oscar Soltero on congas. Pepe is one of the Bay Area’s top Afro Cuban drummers and a first call percussionist, with a degree in music from the University of Costa Rica.  He writes and performs original music…

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Thursday, May 12 – 7:30pm
Ode B’kongofon
Hafez Modirzadeh Ensemble

With B’kongofonic blood at the saxophonic root, well below surface engraving, resonating within its alloy, sounds are gathering to invoke a heroic people: kongo as “gathering”, a Central African people’s homeland; fon as “sound”, a West African people’s language; B’ referring to all “peoples” along the resistance continuum.  Hear ye, the animating force of a strange horn sanctified! Genny Lim – poetry,…

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Monday, May 9 – 7pm
Virtual!Poets
Lisa Rosenberg and Monica Korde featured
followed by an open mic
hosted on Zoom by Kim Shuck

On the second Monday of each month, Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate 2019-2021, hosts a poetry reading via Zoom (invitation below), featuring major Bay Area poets followed by a vibrant open mic. Find the invitation below. Bring a poem for the open mic, or join just to hear the work. On the fourth Monday…

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Sunday, May 8 – 5:00pm
The Seducers!

Pedal steel master Joe Goldmark’s supergroup returns to Bird & Beckett! Joe’s built a solid band that features Mitch Polzak on lead guitar and vocal; Hank Maninger on bass guitar and vocal; and Kenny Owen, the Haiku Cowboy, on drums. Bring a twenty for the band! Also, something to sip if you’re so inclined–we have…

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Saturday, May 7 – 7:30pm
The Deep End Quintet – debut performance!

Michael Gold, saxophone Gerald Beckett, flute Ari Caprow, guitar Ken Lenga, bass Evan Williams, drums $25 cash cover charge. Doors open at 7:20pm for the 7:30 show. BYOB and a mask. Live in the shop!You can also take it in live streamed on our YouTube channel or Facebook page. Donate if you can! Terrific players pulling together…

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Thursday, May 5 – 7pm
Poets!
Sarah Menefee & D L Forbes
+ open mic

D L Forbes has, for decades, except for a few poetry readings in London and Vancouver in the late 1970’s, remained contentedly enough in the poetry closet of life; until cajoled once more into reading at Bird & Beckett. When asked why, he whined, “Sarah Menefee made me do it!” Apart from that, he has…

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Thursday, May 5 – 6pm
Beau Beausoleil
Poems for Ukraine

Beau Beausoleil reads poems in response to Russia’s war on Ukraine. In Ukraine: Poems Audience welcome. Also live streamed on our YouTube channel or Facebook page.

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Sunday, May 1 – 5pm
Tomorrow’s Jazz Now! Young Players Test the Traditions

Bird & Beckett, in association with Jazz in the Neighborhood and the Independent Musicians’ Alliance, presents a jazz jam session for young players on the first Sunday of each month, starting always at 5pm with a student ensemble from one of the Bay Area’s many fine jazz education programs, from post-secondary down to the high…

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Saturday, April 30 – 7:30pm
Brian Andres Trio Latino
featuring saxophonist Tony Peebles

Tony Peebles, saxophone Christian Tumalan, piano Aaron Germain, bass Brian Andres, drums $20 cash cover charge; doors open at 7:20 for the 7:30 show. BYOB and a mask. Live in the shop! You can also take it in live streamed on our YouTube channel or Facebook page. Donate if you can! With Tony Peebles and Christian Tumalan,…

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Friday, April 29 – 7:30pm
Ben Davis-Erik Jekabson-Jordan Glenn

Ben Davis, cello Erik Jekabson, trumpet Jordan Glenn, drums Compositional structures, lines and wild loose grooves are gauged open and explored in impassioned play between instruments—gut-wrenching dissonance to sonorous deep tones. This new Bay Area group was brought together by cellist Ben Davis to probe the thin line between composition and improvisation. The improvs are…

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Thursday, April 28 – 7:30pm
Livestream only: Walker Talks!
Walker Brents III
On Hermes, Mythic Guide of Souls

Walker Brents III muses on the presence of divinities in poetic thought processes, implicit and explicit in the myth of the god Hermes. Walker addresses the mysteries of the poets & the gods, the philosophers & the folktellers in a livestream from Bird & Beckett on the last Thursday of each month, August through May……

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Wednesday, April 27 – 7:30pm
Will Bernard/Beth Custer duo w/Ellen Gronningen

Legends of San Francisco’s 1980s, ’90s et seq, from the days when Dogpatch was all about the Club Foot, Valencia Street’s Elbo Room had all the elbow room it needed and you could count on a supermodel to buy into a club down on Folsom where they could cook up the acid jazz for the…

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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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