653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

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Tuesday to Sunday
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Friday, September 2nd, 5:30 to 8:00 pm

jazz in the bookshop
Every Friday Evening

It’s the first Friday of the month, and that means it’s time for Don Prell’s SeaBop Ensemble!  Next Friday (the second Friday of the month) we host The Jimmy Ryan Quintet. Bird & Beckett’s Friday jazz sessions have been going on since 2002 and show no signs of slowing down…

For each SeaBop date, Don Prell assembles the band from a retinue of top-knotch musicians steeped in the bebop and west coast jazz that we love so well…  For Sept. 2nd, Don has concocted a SeaBop trio configuration of guitar, piano and bass — no drums or horns — with Scott Foster, guitar; Michael Parsons, piano; and Don himself on bass.

Don always puts a lot of effort into conceiving and rehearsing the particular configuration of musicians/instrumentation and the set list itself.  We’ll be excited to hear the unique weave of these three musicians and instruments, and the compositions they’ll explore.

Don took up the bass as a teen in Los Angeles in the ’50s and has been dedicated to jazz ever since.  His early career included a stint as bassist with the Bud Shank Quintet, which traveled internationally– including concerts in Europe and South Africa with vocalist Peggy Lee.  He also put in 30 years with the San Francisco Symphony.  These days, it’s all about jazz…

On September 9th, come early for The Jimmy Ryan Quintet– music starts at 5:30 pm and you don’t want to miss a note of it! Jimmy’s band includes Henry Hung, trumpet; Danny Grewen, trombone; Scott Foster, guitar; Bishu Chatterjee, bass and Jimmy on drums. 

It’s a great scene right up to the 8:00 pm quittin’ time.  Then head over to the taqueria and finish things off right! 

Treat yourself to a terrific evening of live music in a very, very convivial atmosphere.  Why, it might even move you to buy a book!  (Don’t resist that urge! It keeps the bookshop in business so that we can continue to propagate the culture that feeds your soul.)


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The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project

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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