653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

Now open six days a week
Tuesdays to Sundays
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
with limited browsing
curbside pickup and delivery also available

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Stay tuned for the next B&B benefit party in Jerry Ferraz's backyard! Here's some video of the last one!

Friday, May 29th – 7pm
Giulio Xavier Cetto / Javier Santiago duo

The bassist Giulio Xavier Cetto and the pianist Javier Santiago, both prominent figures on the San Francisco jazz scene, share an apartment here in San Francisco; fortunately, that cohabitating status allows us to book them as a duo for our live stream series, and we welcome them back! No in-store audience is allowed due to…

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jazz in the bookshop every Friday since 2002!
Friday, May 22nd – 5:30-8:00pm
Eric Shifrin plays jazz piano
live streamed to you!

Click here to view and listen on YouTube! King of the San Francisco saloon and salon pianists, Eric Shifrin sings too, and rolls through material from Cole Porter to Hoagy Carmichael to Gene Autry.   He’s been charming the swells, swindlers and stand-up guys in bars and bistros from the Barbary Coast to Nob Hill…

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Sunday, May 17th – 7:00 pm
vocalist Sherri Roberts and pianist David Udolf
a jazz live stream from Bird & Beckett

  Vocalist Sherri Roberts and pianist David Udolf are collaborators in music and life and household chores, including much dog walking. Incidentally, they’re wonderful musicians, both! They’ll present an evening of jazz standards, familiar and surprising, charming and impeccably performed. Settle in for a cozy hour of lovely music. Sherri has several albums to her…

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Friday, May 15th – sets at 5:30 and 7:00 pm
Saxophonist David Boyce
plays solo jazz, live streamed
from Bird & Beckett

A long-time force on the Bay Area jazz/hip hop/afro-funk music scene, David Boyce is revered for his work since the mid-1990s as a founding member of the Broun Fellinis as much as for his connection with the soprano saxophone genius of New Orleans jazz pioneer Sydney Bechet, aand so many points along the jazz journey.…

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Sunday, May 10 – 7:30 pm
Nashville Honeymoon
live streamed from Bird & Beckett

Come to Bird & Beckett via our live stream to celebrate with Nashville Honeymoon. Lynne Maes and Hank Maninger are the Tammy Wynette and George Jones of our time and place, though with much less alcohol. Two voices, two guitars, two songwriters. Cohabitating and so contagious! Remember while you’re here to pay the cover charge,…

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Friday, May 8th – 5:30pm
Pianist Walter Earl
live streamed from Bird & Beckett

Pianist / improviser composer / producer Walter Earl The music flows from Walter’s huge heart through his hands and the instrument to create a soulful experience you won’t be able to, and won’t want to shake.     Help us help Walter meet the bills in this time of few gigs and short bread! If…

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This Friday, May Day, 5:30-8:00pm!

Jeffrey Burr, solo jazz guitar

Live streamed from your living room away from home, to your living room at home!

Come back, virtually, to Bird & Beckett!

Few are better suited to a solo outing than guitarist Jeffrey Burr. Widely acknowledged as among the very top jazz guitarists in the Bay Area, he ranks with the best anywhere in contemporary jazz. Come to Bird & Beckett via our live stream this Friday evening, 5:30 to 8:00 pm for two sets of gorgeous…

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Sunday, April 26th – 4:30pm
live streamed from Bird & Beckett:
The JOA Trio! Co-housed musicians cover some ground!
John Calloway, Angela Doctor & Oliver Paddock

John Calloway – flute, piano & percussion Angela Doctor – vocals & percussion Oliver Paddock – piano, guitar, bass & vocals Three great musicians join forces to bring you an eclectic performance reflecting the wide variety of musical styles and tastes that go on under their own shared roof! click on these links: View/Listen   …

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Sunday, April 26th – 2:30 pm
Deep narratives of the soul: what the mind must hear, the heart says
Walker Brents III on Ezra Pound at St. Elizabeth’s
live streamed

Walker Talks on the last Sunday of each month, this time on Ezra Pound, in his end years at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Live streamed at 2:30 pm on Bird & Beckett’s facebook page.      

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Troubadour in Residence Jerry Ferraz at noon,
a live stream from a depopulated bookshop, fully booked and full of soul
Today, Sunday, April 26th at 1pm

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…

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April 26th in the bookshop, celebrating the Glen Park festival that would have been, mourning its absence… and celebrating that which we have still!

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 Trio

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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…

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Saturday, April 18th – 7:30-10pm
Live streamed jazz from Bird & Beckett
Andrew Stephens (trumpet) and Dexter Williams (bass)
trad to swing to bop

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,…

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Friday, April 17th – 5:30-8:00 pm

FUNDRAISER to provide emergency grants to gigging jazz musicians in need

Live streamed: Guitarist Scott Foster

jazz in the bookshop
every Friday since October 2002  

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…

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Sunday, April 12th – 4:30 pm
live streamed performance:
Kaylah Marin and Deirdre Washington
Silent Revolution in Prose and Song

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…

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Phillip Greenlief plays Thelonious Monk.
A solo performance from the stage of Bird & Beckett, San Francisco
streamed live in real time, Monk’s time
Saturday, April 11th, Two sets: 7:30pm and 8:45 pm

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…

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Friday, April 10th – live streamed jazz from the bookshop
Javier Santiago + Giulio Xavier Cetto Duo

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,…

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020:
Poet Tongo Eisen-Martin
live streamed from Bird & Beckett

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…

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Back to the Essentials!
Eric Shifrin plays solo piano
jazz in the bookshop
Live streamed on Friday, 4/3/20

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…

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The Gerald Beckett Trio
Live Streamed from Bird & Beckett on Saturday, March 28th, 7:30-10pm
jazz club! when lights were low and the audience was virtual

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…

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Friday, March 27th – 5:30-8pm
live streamed
Justin Rock’s Bastet
jazz in the bookshop, every Friday since 2002!

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…

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March 22nd, 4:30pm – tuned in to their interweb!
Potrero Hillbillies Live Streamed from Bird & Beckett!

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…

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Jazz guitarist Kai Lyons live streamed
from Bird & Beckett’s jazz club! when lights were low… March 21st, 7:30 pm

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…

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Gaea Schell + John Wiitala Duo played Jazz in the Bookshop, Friday, March 20, 2020 – making for about 910 consecutive Fridays since October 2002!

 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…

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Sunday, March 15, 2020 – 4:30-6:00pm
Rebecca Kleinmann / Julio Lemos Duo

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…

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"I don’t think the printed book is going to disappear any time soon. The codex (the bound book) is a wonderful container for information: simple, portable, inexpensive. Flip through the pages. No scrolling. No crashes. And the book, at its best, aspires to and attains the state of art."

-- Les Ferriss


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