Stay tuned for the next B&B benefit party in Jerry Ferraz's backyard! Here's some video of the last one!
Jerry Ferraz plumbs the duende Sunday mornings, with his half-sized guitar and head full of songs. He’s grew from Eureka Valley soil in the ’50s and ’60s, with cosmic roots in medieval traditions. “Morning” can be a hazy concept in pandemic times, so we’ll call it 1pm today! Live streamed today on Bird & Beckett’s…Read More
Glen Park will always be a beautiful little neighborhood. Thanks for being part of it. The good times will roll again! Live streams from the bookshop stage today: 1pm – Jerry Ferraz, troubadour 2:30pm – Walker Talks, on Ezra Pound at St. Elizabeth’s 4:30pm – The JOA TrioRead More
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…Read More
Co-housed musicians Stephens & Williams presented three sets of trad, swing & bop jazz your listening pleasure — straight from your living room away from home, Bird & Beckett, down on Chenery Street in San Francisco’s lovely Glen Park neighborhood. No audiences are allowed in the shop these days, just the musicians and the proprietor,…Read More
This Friday’s jazz party is a fundraiser for the Independent Musicians Alliance’s emergency grant program for jazz musicians in need. For many years, we’ve relied on Scott Foster to bring a wonderful evening of jazz to Bird & Beckett on the third Friday of each month, and he’ll be filling that role once again this…Read More
No in-store audiences are allowed during this pandemic, but click through to the full post (or scroll down if you’re already in it) for a live stream link, and to contribute to the musicians’ much needed payday. Kaylah wrote and performed as a child with her father, jazz saxophonist Philip…Read More
Tenor saxophonist Phillip Greenlief plays two sets of Monk’s music, solo, streamed live in real time from Bird & Beckett via facebook. Saturday, April 11th, 7:30 and 8:45 pm. Some of the arrangements Phillip will perform this evening were featured on the release Monkwork by The Lost Trio (the cd was listed in NPR’s Top…Read More
No in-store audience was allowed due to the pandemic, but folks found the live stream link below, and to contributed generously to the musicians’ much needed payday. Housemates in San Francisco’s nearby Excelsior district, pianist Javier Santiago and bassist Giulio Xaxier Cetto have been in high demand on the local jazz scene in recent years,…Read More
Tongo Eisen-Martin, a child of the Bay Area, seemed to emerge full blown on the Bay Area poetry front in 2015 with his debut Someone’s Dead Already from Bootstrap Press and a cascade of uncanny readings, hands in pockets, gaze fixed in the middle distance of his mind. But by that point he had already…Read More
Eric Shifrin plays solo from the Bird & Beckett stage over the facebook! Click here to go there in one simple step, or go to facebook, search for “bird & beckett books,” click on “videos” – scroll down a bit and watch for the screen with the little red square that says “LIVE” Join us…Read More
Saturday evening, March 28th, jazz flautist Gerald Beckett led a trio to celebrate the release of his new album, “MOOD,” replete with beautiful originals from Gerald’s pen and solid gems from Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Harold Mabern, Wynton Marsalis and Cyrus Chestnut. Gerald leads a pantheon of great Bay Area jazz talent on “MOOD,” including…Read More
Continuing on! Live jazz in the bookshop every Friday since October 2002, with never a missed Sunday. No virus afoot will stop us! Tonight, guitarist Justin Rock brings in his mighty and mighty eclectic trio, Bastet for two sets of adventurous jazz without borders. Justin Rock, guitar — Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass — Mike…Read More
2 out of 3 ain’t bad! Joshua Raoul Brody & Joe “the Quilter” Cunningham ~~Potrero Hillbillies~~ regale you with song today at 4:30pm in a facebook live stream from Bird & Beckett! you don’t have to “belong” to facebook, or even like it to view the live stream! if you’re hooked on the fb, well…Read More
Well, that was something special! Go to our facebook page (facebook/bird.and.beckett.com) and check out the saved video of the whole two hours. Revelatory. Delightful. Essential! https://www.facebook.com/bird.and.beckett/ You won’t be sorry! Tonight, 3/21, Kai’s doing a solo set, and then is joined by pianist Javier Santiago and bassist Giulio Xavier Cetto for the rest of the…Read More
Glen Park has never been without live jazz on a Friday night since the Chuck Peterson Trio got the ball rolling! This time, with Gaea Schell on piano and John Wiitala on bass, for the first time in the store’s 20-year history or presenting live jazz by the Bay Area’s fantastic musicians, we had no…Read More
Rebecca Kleinmann is an acclaimed flutist, singer, and composer with a twenty year professional career marked by diversity and improvisation. In the words of Latin Grammy Nominated pianist and composer, Jovino Santos Neto, “Rebecca plays flute with the passion of a flamenco dancer.” An explorer at heart, she rockets and flows between genres, one day leading The Rebecca…Read More
$20 suggested donation; any amount appreciated Saxophonist/composer Michael Zilber is hailed as “one of the best players and composers around anywhere, period!” by jazz great David Liebman and called “one of the true masters of the modern jazz saxophone” by All About Jazz. A multiple Downbeat honoree for his CDs and educational work, Mike Zilber…Read More
$20 cover charge; sliding scale available The Bay Area born and bred saxophonists Jessica Jones and Tony Jones met in the Berkeley High School saxophone section, and went on to form an over 30 year musical bond. They are the core of this group, an improvising jazz ensemble which performs original experimental music. Their music…Read More
"It is in doubt and not in faith that the salvation of the world is to be found. Faith is a delusion and a snare: a pitfall, a prison. It intimidates the intellect. With fear of eternal damnation religion crushes intellectual activity; with hero worship it destroys individuality; with hopes for the beyond it prevents the growth of ideals for the present. It makes of us a race of intellectual cowards; it changes but little if any our daily conduct toward each other. But doubt sets us free."
-- Job Harriman, 1902
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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