653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

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Stay tuned for the next B&B benefit party in Jerry Ferraz's backyard! Here's some video of the last one!


Thursday, July 11th – 7:30-9:30pm
Ray Skjelbred Trio

The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project in association with Jazz in the Neighborhood presents:

Ray Skjelbred, piano
Clint Baker, trumpet
Riley Baker, drums

A sublime stroll through the history of early jazz and the stride era.


Many have had good things to say about Ray:

He plays so good it scares me. – Jess Stacy

Tremendous ability and imagination – Turk Murphy

Ray’s playing is the ultimate illustration of jazz as the “sound of surprise.'” – Hal Smith

No money can pay your true value – Barbara Dane

What an honor, Ray! I listen to this cd (Pass the Jug) so often and it gets better each time. How could it go wrong with the genius of Ray Skjelbred.- Ida Melrose, daughter of “Kansas City” Frank Melrose

…the nearest to Art Hodes I’ve ever heard. – John G. Featherstone (Storyville Magazine)

In Ray Skjelbred we have another two-handed pianist whose inspirational melodic vision is partnered by a driving left-hand that needs no bass or drums to prop it up. – Clarrie Henley (Jersey Jazz)

You are really a great musician and authentic jazzman. – John Simmen, Swiss jazz critic.

I really appreciate the depth and soul of your playing. – Bill Carter

Like any good Chicagoan he always plays hard for right now… – Richard Hadlock

The sheer range of Skjelbred’s mastery is impressive, but his application of jazz taste and historic awareness (in context of the styles) is equally dazzling. – William J. Schaefer (Pass the Jug review, Mississippi Rag)


Our presentation of The Ray Skjelbred Trio is a Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund event, where each musician will receive a $150 guarantee for their work. The Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund is a project of Jazz in the Neighborhood, established with the aim of raising gigging musicians’ wage standards so they can afford to stay in this very expensive city and region.

$20 cover charge. Sliding scale available to musicians, students and the like.



"It is in doubt and not in faith that the salvation of the world is to be found. Faith is a delusion and a snare: a pitfall, a prison. It intimidates the intellect. With fear of eternal damnation religion crushes intellectual activity; with hero worship it destroys individuality; with hopes for the beyond it prevents the growth of ideals for the present. It makes of us a race of intellectual cowards; it changes but little if any our daily conduct toward each other. But doubt sets us free."

-- Job Harriman, 1902


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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