653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

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Open to walk-in trade and browsing
Tuesday to Sunday
noon to six


Live Streams every weekend!
Refresh your browser
to catch a show in progress!
Visit our Facebook page or
YouTube channel!

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

Saturday, March 7th – 7:30–10pm
Russian Telegraph
jazz club! when lights are low…
every Saturday night  

$20 cover charge; sliding scale 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
Diana Mangano – Voice
Chris Grady – Trumpet
Jordan Glasgow – Keyboards
Keith McArthur – Bass
John Hanes – Drums


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The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project

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