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!
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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 30 – 7:30 p.m.
Sylvia Cuenca / Essiet Essiet Quartet
live streamed jazz from the bookshop!

Drummer Sylvia Cuenca and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet join forces with Andrew Speight, alto saxophone, and Matt Clark, piano.

Mad Duran, Al Molina, Eddie Duran, Sylvia Cuenca, Essiet Essiet, 2012. photo by Angela Bennett

Born and raised in San Jose, Sylvia Cuenca was hired in her teenage years by the late great guitarist Eddie Duran for her first professional gig at Pearl’s Jazz Joint, when Pearl’s was an after-hours club in the basement of the Great Eastern Restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Sylvia headed for New York at age 21, where she established a notable career that has included four years in the Joe Henderson Quartet and eleven years in trumpeter Clark Terry’s band, along with countless engagements with the likes of Eddie Henderson, Billy Taylor, Helen Merrill, George Cables, Jon Faddis and other such jazz luminaries.

Essiet Okon Essiet came of age in Portland; he worked in Europe in the early 1980s with Famoudou Don Moye and in 1983 moved to New York City, playing with Abdullah Ibrahim and Art Blakey in the early years (he was with Blakey and the Jazz Messengers for the five years prior to Blakey’s passing). Along the way he’s worked with George Adams, Kenny Barron,  Kurt Elling, Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard, Victor Jones, Cedar Walton and Bobby Watson, to name just a few.

Sylvia and Essiet first performed at Bird & Beckett in 2012, in a sextet celebrating Eddie Duran’s 80th birthday, with trumpeter Al Molina and saxophonist Mad Duran. We’ve been pleased to welcome both Sylvia and Essiet back many times since, when family and touring bring them west.


View our live streams on our
YouTube channel and our Facebook page.
No audiences in the shop just yet.

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or pay what your economics allow
at this link




We are extremely grateful to the many individuals
in the community who donate to our nonprofit
Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the “BBCLP”)
to help us build up the general fund from which
we augment audience donations when necessary.

Monthly donations are particularly helpful.

Donate to the BBCLP at this link to further our work!

Any questions?
Email [email protected] or call us at 415-586-3733!

We also thank and gratefully acknowledge
the City & County of San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts
for operating support of the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project!


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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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The Independent Musicians Alliance

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