653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

1-415-586-3733
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Tuesday to Sunday
noon to six

 

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

Saturday, June 29th – 7:30pm
Dave Parker Septet

Bassist and bandleader Dave Parker has been fielding highly charged ensembles in San Francisco for twenty years at least, picking and funding great musicians from the local pool to realize his vision. Featuring a strong, propulsive low end of trombone, baritone sax and bass, a cutting trumpet star, a virtuoso tenor sax player and supercharged drums and guitar, Dave’s septet digs deep into compositions by Mingus, Coleman, Coltrane, Dolphy and Morgan and isn’t shy to assay a Bach fugue. Long-time Glen Park residents will remember the smaller, but equally hard hitting combos Dave squeezed into the Red Rock Lounge and then Le P’tit Laurent on Friday nights starting two decades ago, and thousands of City dwellers and tourists have heard his bands at farmer’s markets and a variety of breweries, restaurants and clubs through the years. Once or twice a year, Dave brings the group into Bird & Beckett. It’s…

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more excitement in mid-June & beyond!

Coming up this weekend: The Dave Parker Septet – 6/29, 7:30pm. Jam Session – 6/30, 5:00pm. Dave Parker brings his seven piece pile-driving chamber jazz band for a deep plunge into music by Mingus, Coltrane, Dolphy, Morgan, Coleman and Johann Sebastian Bach. Dave is a Medici when it comes to supporting the cats in his band. We would prefer socialism, but it’s not up to us. We do love the music and the musicians! Henry Hung on trumpet, Charles Hamilton on trombone, Hal Richards on tenor sax, Cory Wright on bari sax, Karl Evangelista on guitar, Valentino Peeps on drums… and Dave on bass, conceiving the approach, the band, the set list. The arrangements are arrived at in mutuality through the complicated process that jazz can be and the results are grand! Those of you who have been in the neighborhood more than twenty years may remember that before there…

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Sunday June 23rd – 7pm
Hindustani classical music
Joanna Mack / Ferhan Qureshi Duo
Sitar & Tabla

Joanna Mack, sitar, and Ferhan Qureshi, tabla, will be playing Raga in a traditional style – improvised music based on decades of classical training. This show will also be available on live stream, however, the focus will be toward the people in the room, so please come in person if you can! $20 cover charge; byob. To reserve a seat, please call the bookshop at 415-586-3733. Joanna Mack began her study of Indian Classical sitar in 1997. She spent eight years in Kolkata studying under Pandit Deepak Choudhury, and returned to the U.S. where she has had the honor to study under Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Sarodia Bruce Hamm and Sangeet Research Academy Guru Partha Chatterjee. She has been teaching and performing since 2006. Read more at JoannaMack.com Ferhan Najeeb Qureshi is a disciple of the legendary tabla maestro, Ustad Tari Khan. Prior to the training he continues to receive…

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Saturday, June 22nd – 7:30pm
Benny Amón Trio

Drummer Benny Amón left California, born & raised in Davis and trained in jazz, for New Orleans — where he lived and played for the ten years from 2011 to 2021, and where his love for the oldest jazz traditions was nurtured and flowered. In New Orleans, Benny performed regularly at Preservation Hall, Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, The Palm Court Jazz Cafe, and aboard the Steamboat Natchez. Along the way, he has toured the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Japan, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Sweden, performing in clubs and at jazz festivals that have included the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Festival international I LOVE JAZZ in Brazil and the New Mexico Jazz Festival. Benny is currently a Teaching Artist with the Preservation Hall Foundation and the Jazz In Schools program at Jazz at Lincoln Center. In the Bay Area, he regularly leads his own…

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Friday, June 21 – 8:30pm
The James Mahone Quartet

Tenor saxophonist James Mahone gained a substantial and eminently well earned reputation as a co-founder of the jazz ensemble Black/Note, which won first prize at the John Coltrane Young Artist Competition in 1991 and recorded albums on World Stage (43rd and Degnan, 1991)  Red Records (L.A. Underground, 1994), Columbia (Jungle Music, 1994) and Impulse (Nothin’ But the Swing, 1996). Black/Note had its roots in the jazz program at Cal State Northridge, where Mahone was studying alongside bassist Mark Anthony (Marcus) Shelby. In 1990, Shelby learned of Billy Higgins’ World Stage in Leimert Park, which had open jam sessions where Shelby met trumpeter Richard Grant. Black/Note, with Shelby, Grant, Mahone and drummer Willie Jones III, grew out of these sessions. They had their first gig as a unit in 1991. Among Black/Note’s first pianists were Eric Reed and Kenneth Crouch, but when they recorded a live date, released as 43rd and…

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Friday, June 21st – 6pm
Scott Foster & the ABC Trio

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Thursday, June 20 – 7:30pm
a live streamed talk by Walker Brents III on Arthur Rimbaud

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Saturday, June 15 – 7:30-9:30pm
The Lost Trio & Friends

The Lost Trio is closing out its thirty years of continuous collaboration, with saxophonist Phillip Greenlief decamping to Maine. For thirty years, Phillip and triomates Dan Seamans and Tom Hassett have been in constant rehearsal and performance, with many cds to their credit as well. But all things come to some sort of end. We imagine this current crop of shows won’t be the last time they perform together, but certainly the continuity is ending. Sheldon Brown, Beth Schenck and Darren Johnston will join the trio tonight to celebrate the kind of collaboration that the trio often sought out with these and other players that share the trio’s wavelength intellectually and intuitively, and most of all emotionally. Join us to celebrate. Help us pay the musicians. Bring $20 to $40 as a cover charge, so that they’ll all leave with some change jingling in their pockets as well as a…

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Friday, June 14th – 6-8pm
Eric & the In Crowd
play Cole Porter

Not enough can be said about the songs Cole Porter gave us in his brilliant life. Eric Shifrin is devoting every second Friday to the music of the songwriters behind the jazz standards, and this week Cole Porter is the focus of two sets of great music played with a couple of his congenial and talented pals — bassist Simon Planting and drummer Mark Rosengarden. BYOB and a twenty for the band, and relax for a couple of hours at Bird & Beckett with live music to ease into the weekend.  

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Thursday, June 13th – 7pm
Memoirists Zack Rogow and Ona Gritz
with poet Daniel Simpson

In Hugging My Father’s Ghost, Zack Rogow explores the mystery of the father he never knew. Lee Rogow was a drama critic, glamorous man-about-town in 1950s Manhattan, World War II Navy captain—and died tragically when Zack was only three. With sharp pathos and laugh-out-loud humor, Rogow shows his family caught between assimilation and pride in their immigrant identity. Ona Gritz’s new memoir, Everywhere I Look is about sisterhood, grief, true crime and family secrets. Helen Fremont calls it “profound and beautifully written.” Rachel Simon says, “This is a book that will take hold of your emotions—and, if you’re willing, change you.” Daniel Simpson’s poetry collection Inside the Invisible is, in Ellen Bass’s words, “…a book of faith. Of desire. Of a blind poet asking, So how shall I live inside the invisible? With close attention to detail,the use of dialogue, and curiosity about the limits of communication, [Simpson] interrogates life and chooses to…

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Kim Shuck hosts Virtual Poets!
2nd & 4th Mondays
Monday, June 10th – 7pm
A Celebration of Mary TallMountain
with featured poets Kitty Costello
and Jesse James Johnson
open mic follows

On the 2nd Monday of each month Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate Emerita, hosts an on-line poetry reading with two featured poets and an open mic. Tonight’s reading, featuring Kitty Costello and Jesse James Johnson, is a tribute to the poet Mary TallMountain (1918-1994), whose influence on a generation was profound and resonates still. Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84350265713?pwd=eE84V3BYdWxiSFBHNHhmdUt1WTUzdz09Meeting ID:  843 5026 5713Passcode: 244211 Kitty Costello is a San Francisco author, editor, therapist and teacher. Poet friends who influenced her most include Diane di Prima, who taught her early on how to tap into the creative wellspring within, and Mary TallMountain, with whom she shared the delights and transformative power of writing in community. Kitty is author of Upon Waking: New & Selected Poems, 1977-2017, co-editor of Muslim American Writers at Home: Stories, Essays & Poems of Identity, Diversity & Belonging 2021, and she has served 30 years on the editorial board of Freedom Voices, publishing…

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Sunday, June 9th – 5-7pm
Trouble Town
bluegrass quartet

San Francisco pickers, Trouble Town boil a hot pot of folk, bluegrass, swing, jazz and rock into a rebel blend of music with a big acoustic sound. The band’s musical chemistry and diverse influences have allowed them to pull from a deep musical well and make it a special stew all their own. Trouble Town is led by Western Swing Hall of Famer, Pam Brandon (AKA Belle of Belle Monroe and Her Brewglass Boys) on bass and vocals, with Forrest Allen (Dusty Green Bones Band, Deep Thicket Dwellers) on mandolin and vocals, Mark Ignatius (Burl Haggard, Boots and The Katz, Das Tapes) on guitar and vocals, and Tyler Stegall (The High Water Line) on banjo and vocals. Formed in 2019, they worked through the next two years of the pandemic by performing outdoors in parks and driveways to the delight of music-starved onlookers and ever since has been honing their…

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Saturday, June 8th – 7:30-9:30pm
Tony Corman’s RPM3

The RPM3 Jazz trio is devoted to personalized renditions of jazz classics, standards from the Great American Songbook, and Brazilian gems. The members are Bay Area jazz stalwarts and the band is highly swinging and guaranteed to warm you up. Tony Corman, 7-string guitar in M3 tuning. Chuck Bennett, bass. Carrie Jahde, drums. $20 cover – cash or venmo at the door. byob. Jazz guitarist/arranger/composer Tony Corman is a proponent of M3 guitar, a symmetrical system of tuning introduced in 1964 by jazz guitarist Ralph Patt. The M3 system opens the door to a set of beautiful sonorities that are unavailable or impractical with conventional tuning, and Tony exploits this system to reinvent and enrich both classic favorites by Ellington and Gershwin as well as hidden jazz and bossa-nova jewels. Bassist Chuck Bennett has toured with Louis Bellson, the Beach Boys, and Maynard Ferguson. In California, he has played with…

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Friday, June 7th – 8:30-10pm
Keith Saunders Trio
bringing back the jazz vibe
of the Club Deluxe

Keith Saunders, piano Eric Markowitz, bass Smith Dobson V, drums $20 cover charge – cash or venmo at the door byob Continuing in a Club Deluxe vein, three stalwarts of that venue’s jazz bookings converge for ninety minutes of fiery bebop, standards and jazz classics from the music’s glory years. After cutting his teeth in Los Angeles, Keith led the NY Hardbop Quintet in New York releasing four albums in eight years before he migrated to San Francisco, where for 24 years he’s been in the top echelon of players from day one. Eric Markowitz learned much of what he knows about jazz from bussing in as a teen from Jersey to haunt the New York clubs, and most of what he knows about playing the jazz bass from veteran players in St. Louis; he’s learned the rest on innumerable club dates in the Bay Area since his arrival in…

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Friday, June 7th – 6-8pm
Liza Silva and Voz do Brasil

Veterans of the Bossa Nova! Until we lost the Club Deluxe during the great pandemic, Voz do Brasil was the late Sunday night house band of that legendary Haight Street nitespot and the long-time favorite of its owner, the late Jay Johnson, the Deluxe’s heart and soul. Sao Paulo-born, vocalist Liza Silva toured internationally for years with Walter Wanderley–the man who helped popularize bossa nova in America and around the world in the 60’s with the hit “Summer Samba.” She’s also shared the stage with Brazilian greats including Joao Gilberto, Elsa Soares and Beth Carvalho, with Sade, Boz Skaggs and Bonnie Raitt, with Tito Puente, and with Bay Area luminaries Paula West, Tammy Hall, Wayne Wallace, Denise Perrier and Kim Nalley. For years, Liza has dedicated herself to performing traditional Brazilian repertoire for American and international audiences — Samba, Bossa Nova, Afro-Samba, Forro, Samba-Pagode, Samba-Reggae, Lambada and Carnival styles. The…

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Your donation to the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project helps us pay for a multitude of operating expenses necessary to present, promote and preserve local music, poetry, and more.

Help us keep the arts alive and thriving!

The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project was created in 2007 "to present, document and archive the creative work of significant living writers and musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, for a neighborhood audience and future generations." We've been doing that very thing for more than a decade and a half, continuing the work we began when the store was established in 1999.

Due to lapses in tax filings during and post-pandemic, the BBCLP's status as a registered nonprofit was suspended at the beginning of April 2024 while we reapply, which is expected to take about six months. Donations made after April 1st will not be tax-deductible until nonprofit status is restored.

However, we continue to present a full slate of programming live music and poetry, and producing literary chapbooks, and we seek and welcome your continued financial support in the interim. If a tax-deduction is not a major reason for your support to date, we hope you'll continue to ride with us while we navigate these next several months.

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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.

https://www.independentmusiciansalliance.org/

Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site

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