653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood
Due to the current intensity of the pandemic
we are now open six days a week
Tuesdays to Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.
Browsing is now limited to one to two patrons at a time.
Orders are gratefully accepted by email, phone or in person,
and pickup at the door is encouraged; delivery is also possible.
Stay tuned for the next B&B benefit party in Jerry Ferraz's backyard! Here's some video of the last one!
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 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
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).
keep an eye on our site for details
of upcoming streams, prepare to donate,
and consider signing up on our email list for our newsletter
donate to support the musicians
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
Sunday, March 22nd – 4:30-6:30pm
~~Joshua Brody ~~
archived live streamed 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.
Available Now at Bird & Beckett
Hot off the press from your neighborhood bookshop just in time for the lame duck period. 75 million voters, and counting, have rejected fascism and lies. 70 million haven’t yet made that commitment. Bully Goat’s Bluff might change a few of their minds.
Fits nicely in an invitation envelope for mailing. Fits in a pocket as well.
~~ Poetry as philosophy to plumb the deeper truths of these times ~~
$15 and worth every penny
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Jerry Ferraz is a keystone of
the Bird & Beckett cultural edifice, built by you through your decades-long love and support.
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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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