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Beth and David

Saturday, January 29–7:30pm
Russian Telegraph – funk, soul, art song

listen up! this is not your everyday jazz!

Doors open at  7:20 for the 7:30 show. Audience capacity – 20. Call for reservations (415) 586-3733.

Also viewable live streamed on the Bird & Beckett Facebook page or YouTube channel. Your donations are appreciated to help us meet the band’s guarantee. They must eat and pay San Francisco rents!

$30 cash cover charge for this six-piece band + proof of vaccination and masks. Also, BYOB.

Reservations must be claimed by showtime in case there are folks waiting to take whatever empty seats are available.

Russian Telegraph is the brainchild of Beth Custer (Trance Mission, Club Foot Orchestra) and David James (Afrofunk Experience, Spearhead, The Coup), who had the inspiration to merge a couple of their separate bands into one. It’s a blend of Beth Custer Ensemble, with their Art Song, their clarinets, and their trumpet; David James’s GPS, with it’s quixotically “political” instrumentals; mixed with a dose of Curtis Bumpy’s uniquely funky bass and soulful keyboards.

Russian Telegraph plays music from the catalogues of each of these entities, along with originals written expressly for this group, and choice covers of music from composers ranging from Nelson Cavaquinho to Chris Cornell.

Russian Telegraph
Beth Custer – Clarinet, Voice
David James – Guitar, Voice
Alisa Rose – Violin
Jordan Glasgow – Keyboards
Keith McArthur – Bass
John Hanes – Drums

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.

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