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!

Miss your evenings in the bookshop?

Live streaming from Bird& Beckett Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30pm
right in your living room, but more than six feet away!

The live streams from Bird & Beckett all started in mid-March on Friday the 13th, when the towering saxophonist Michael Zilber brought his trio (Jason Lewis on drums and Tyler Harlow on bass) into the shop before a scant audience in the face of the exploding novel coronavirus crisis. Angela Bennett pioneered our broadcasting foray with these two tunes that ended the trio’s first set – Duke Ellington’s lovely “Sophisticated Lady” and a burning take on Cedar Walton’s “Bolivia.” Once you’ve taken that in, catch the video at this link from Friday, July 24th of a piano & bass duo performance by Javier Santiago and Giulio Cetto, engineered by Nico Mesa, who’s working assiduously to bring our technology up to the level it needs to be at to do some justice to the fantastic musicianship of San Francisco’s jazz community and the beauty of jazz itself.

Michael Zilber Trio – 3/13/2020

Michael Zilber Trio live at B&B Please feel free to use that donate button on our website to help us pay the band!

Posted by Bird & Beckett Books on Friday, March 13, 2020


Mounting fears forced the cancellation of Saturday night’s jazz club show, and then on Sunday Rebecca Kleinman on flutes and vocals was joined by guitarist Julio Lemos for two sets of Brazilian duets. By the next weekend, the Bay Area shelter-in-place edicts came down, and shows began to proceed with no in-store audience.

Friday, March 20th
5:30 to 8:00
Gaea Schell
John Wiitala Duo

was live streamed 
click here to view

more live streams followed, and more are to come!

Kai Lyons, Javier Santiago and Giulio Xavier Cetto played on Saturday
Joshua Raoul Brody and Joe Cunningham, Potrero Hillbillies both, with fellow hillbilly Christopher Gray in spirit, played Sunday. Wonderful results each time out! You can find the evidence on our facebook page (just search fb for bird & beckett books, and look for the “videos” link on the left sidebar).

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of upcoming streams, prepare to donate,
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these live stream concerts are all about helping the musicians
get through a period when their bookings
have dwindled to nothing.
And buoying your spirits.

watch for free, if your small funds
are necessary for other needs.
use this music to feed your soul.

donations from those who can afford them are crucial
and very much appreciated!

each musician receives a minimum $150 guarantee
and more as donations allow

Saturday, March 21st – 7:30-9:00pm
Kai Lyons, jazz guitar, solo and trio
click here for the archived live stream
donate here


Sunday, March 22nd – 4:30-6:30pm
Potrero Hillbillies
~~Joshua Brody ~~
~~Joe Cunningham~~

archived live streamed here
donate here

Coming up: Bastet (Justin Rock Trio) on Friday, March 27th at 5:30pm and The Gerald Beckett Trio, debuting his new cd, MOOD, on Saturday, March 28th. Sunday’s show tba.


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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.

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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