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!

Tammy Lynne Hall Duo with Mads Tolling on Friday, July 17
Karl Evangelista/Rei Scampavia Duo (Music of Alice Coltrane) on Sunday, July 19

Friday, July 17th at 7:30pm
Rest in Peace, John Lewis
the art of the duo
Tammy Lynne Hall, piano

Mads Tolling, violin
watch it here

Sunday, July 19th at 7:30pm
The Music of Alice Coltrane
duo explorations by Grex
Karl Evangelista, guitar

Rei Scampavia, keyboards
watch it here


We cannot yet host in-store audiences for our events, and thus your donations are crucial and hugely appreciated so that we may adequately compensate the artists for their talents and their labors.

Suggested “cover charge” for our music live streams:
$20 for duos / $25 for trios
for book events and talks, we suggest $10-20
~~~sliding scale $0 to $100~~~

pay what you can but please don’t fail to pay something!

drop a check or cash by the shop, or
use Paypal at this link: https://tinyurl.com/Donate-B-and-B
or use the Venmo app, sending your funds to @birdandbeckett

Why patronize Bird & Beckett’s live stream?
And why not just drop in and drop out without dropping a dime?

Because, friends, these professional musicians, with decades in the business,
are representative of the high caliber jazz that San Francisco presents to the world with great pride!

And because these professional musicians are playing for wages–not tips, the door or a percentage of the bar–in a time when gigs have mostly disappeared and gig income has been hit hard.

The guaranteed wage for Bird & Beckett’s live stream performances is $150 to $200 per musician depending on the number of musicians on stage; those guarantees are augmented to the extent your cover charge at our live stream events make possible.

We love you madly, and we greatly appreciate your support of San Francisco’s shared and diverse culture, where the performer, the audience and the venue each brings something uniquely valuable to the table and where each is richly rewarded.

It should be noted that Bird & Beckett is allied in our efforts with other fine organizations interested in stabilizing and improving the wages and working conditions of the City’s jazz players:

–     Jazz in the Neighborhood (“JitN”), an organization dedicated to raising the compensation and working standards of jazz musicians and music teachers all around the Bay Area, while encouraging the growth of a broad and nuanced landscape of venues;

–     Grants for the Arts (“GFTA”), a city agency charged with insuring the health and richness of San Francisco’s artistic culture by supporting artists and arts organizations alike to ensure their long-term stability and growth; and the

–     Independent Musicians Alliance (the “IMA”), a solidarity organization for gigging musicians and music teachers that promotes transparency, equity and proper levels of remuneration in their professional engagements. 

These three organizations provide crucial support for the efforts of Bird & Beckett and its nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the “BBCLP”).

The BBCLP seeks and puts to use your recurring and one-time donations to to pay fair wages, to pay music licensing fees and operating costs, and to keep the jazz & literary flame burning. https://tinyurl.com/Donate-B-and-B

It’s all happening all the time at Bird & Beckett!

Bird & Beckett is located on Chenery Street in San Francisco’s Glen Park, hard by the amazing Glen Canyon nature preserve nestled in 60 acres of the San Miguel hills on the southern slope of Twin Peaks. Proud to be enjoying a twenty-year tenure as San Francisco’s southernmost literary and jazz joint! Founded May 1999.


To take our SURVEY, click here, and help the BBCLP get to know you better! As Duke Ellington always said, we love you madly...

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.

The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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The Independent Musicians Alliance

Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.


Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site

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