653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

Due to the current intensity of the pandemic
we are now open six days a week
Tuesdays to Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.
Browsing is now limited to one to two patrons at a time.
Orders are gratefully accepted by email, phone or in person,
and pickup at the door is encouraged; delivery is also possible.

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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!

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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Friday, March 13th – 5:30-8:00 pm
Michael Zilber / Jason Lewis Trio
with bassist Tyler Harlow
jazz in the bookshop
every Friday since October 2002  

$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…

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Thursday, March 12th – 7:30pm
Jessica Jones Quartet on tour
featuring Stomu Takeishi, bass, and Deszon X. Claiborne, drums

$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…

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Available Now at Bird & Beckett

Hot off the press from your neighborhood bookshop just in time for the lame duck period. 75 million voters, and counting, have rejected fascism and lies. 70 million haven’t yet made that commitment. Bully Goat’s Bluff might change a few of their minds.

Fits nicely in an invitation envelope for mailing. Fits in a pocket as well.

~~ Poetry as philosophy to plumb the deeper truths of these times ~~

$15 and worth every penny
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Jerry Ferraz is a keystone of
the Bird & Beckett cultural edifice, built by you through your decades-long love and support.

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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