653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

[email protected]

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!

Friday, April 9 – 7:30 p.m.
live streamed jazz from the bookshop
Smith Dobson Vibraphone Quartet

Smith Dobson V, vibraphone
Jeffrey Burr, guitar
Eric Markowitz, bass
Tony Johnson, drums

Two sets of jazz standards and originals,
live streamed on YouTube and Facebook.
No audiences in the shop just yet.

$20 suggested donation / pay what your economics allow at this link.

Smith Dobson on a vibes date at Bird & Beckett in 2015 (Richard Sears, piano; John Wiitala, bass; Evan Hughes, drums). Click here to read more.

Steeped in music at a young age — the son of a renowned jazz pianist and one of our favorite jazz vocalists — Smith is a multi-instrumentalist. His talents on vibes, sax and drums have been developed to a high degree over many years. A couple of years ago, he added the stand-up bass; and during the covidian era, he’s been working on the guitar.

It’s not that he has a mania for playing them all at once, though. Tonight, he’ll have three of the Bay Area’s top jazz talents covering the guitar, bass and drums.

It’s just that his creative hunger is not something he can easily tamp down. Did we mention that besides jazz, which he was playing professionally from age 14, he’s had significant forays into rock (Grand Lodge, with Michael Parsons and Tony Sales back in the early aughts) and singer/songwriter territory (recently in a duo with Justin Rock). He’s also a painter and a writer. Some people have all the fun.

Tonight, we’ll have all that jazz!

As at any self-respecting jazz club, you’re asked to pay a cover charge tonight, though the bar is closed so you’ll have to bring your own beverages, adult or otherwise, to your couch or wherever you’re watching this one. That alone will save you some bucks.

$20 is a fair cover for a quartet, don’t you think? We use the money to pay the musicians a “guaranteed fair wage” and to keep the lights on. The first $600 you donate (collectively) goes to the musicians.

After that, we take a share for the club.
And after that… the band gets 80% of every additional dollar you contribute.

Seem fair? Then run for your wallet and extract some dough to push through the paypal, venmo or cash app pipeline. If you prefer, you can stop in at the store with cash or a check, or use the postal service. For online payment, you’ll see instructions in the lower right corner of your video screen. Can’t miss it!

Don’t miss this opportunity to support the culture that supports us all!

Thanks to all of our individual donors and to the City’s Grants for the Arts for helping us keep the music and poetry flowing for these past two decades!

Live on Bird & Beckett’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
$20 suggested donation / pay what your economics allow at this link.
Absolutely no one turned away for lack of funds!
Strapped or flush, we all need this music.

Send your contribution
by PayPal to [email protected],
by Venmo to @birdandbeckett,
or by the Cash app $BirdBeckett.

Or pledge your contribution by email. You can mail us a check or drop by the shop with cash or a check in the coming days.



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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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