653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

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Tuesday to Sunday
noon to six


Live Streams every weekend!
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But nothing beats being in the room
with the music & the musicians!

November 9th to 12th
Ben Esposito, Eric Shifrin, Marina Albero…
Trevor Watts / Jamie Harris / Karl Evangelista / Lisa Mezzacappa…INSECT LIFE: Ben Goldberg, Ben Davis, Gerald Cleaver, Raffi Garabedian & Danny Lubin-Laden… Howard Wiley, Luis Peralta & Isaac Coyle (with Ben Esposito)… Garry Williams & Carl Herder (with Eric Shifrin)… Josh Setala & Billy Edwards (with Marina Albero)… plus, The Seducers!

An immense amount of amazing jazz
the weekend of 11/9-12,
a packed roster of fantastic,
well-traveled musicians of all ages,
and a honky tonk band beyond compare
to wrap it all up in a glittering package!

Kicking it all off on Thursday, 11/9 at 7:30pm, the young drummer Ben Esposito brings the esteemed saxophonist Howard Wiley, the sharp & fantastic young bassist Isaac Coyle and the amazing emerging pianist Luis Peralta. You might want to call for a reservation for this one… 415-586-3733. Bring twenty for the cover and something to sip. Jazz is thirsty work! Under 21? Bring soda pop! Students, pay what you can afford. Five or ten bucks will do it for you, and you can use venmo. What’s not to like about that? For most of our shows, a twenty dollar bill is the starting point, sometimes a bit more for larger ensembles,


Two shows Friday, November 10th
one at 6pm and one at 8:30pm

Friday 11/10 at 6pm, Easyfingers Eric Shifrin brings the In Crowd,
with Carl Herder on bass and Garry Williams on drums!
Two hours of happy hour!
It’s a reprise and a reprieve
from the dreariness of existence.
You need it! But can you afford it???

click on the photo above to hear Eric’s last In Crowd outing with these fine musicians, with Rick Brown on ‘bone!

Pay what you can, and byob! A twenty is nice if you’ve got a job. Less is ok if you don’t, or if you’re paid the poor wages that are typical for your average gigging musician who doesn’t belong to the union!

There’s power in a union!
Never forget that!

And there’s power in an audience!
Keep in mind, if you will, that the more you contribute,
the easier it is for Bird & Beckett to guarantee a fair wage.

Bring friends, ’cause there’s power in numbers, too!
Let’s get those numbers up!

Friday, Come for Eric, stay for Marina. One great pianist deserves another!

Drummer Josh Setala, out of Seattle and finishing up this year at the SF Conservatory of Music in its Roots, Jazz & American Music (RJAM) B.Mus. program, brings his dream trio for the late show, 8:30-10pm, Friday the 10th, with Barcelona’s Marina Albero, now queen of Seattle jazz, and Santa Cruz’s long tall Billy Edwards!

Dig this: Marina finds a piano in the San Francisco environs

Marina was born in Barcelona and toured as a child on stages all around the world with her family, picking up whatever instrument they needed her to play, performing Iberian and early music, creating new shows wherever they went. She studied in Barcelona’s Conservatory (El Bruc) and later in La Havana (ISA), where she finished her classical piano studies with the great professor and pianist Mrs. Teresa Junco. She’s never stopped exploring, delving into jazz, flamenco, early music, Andalusie, classical Indian, Latin son & Latin jazz.

Josh Setala leads the Dream Trio, Friday November 10th at 8:30pm


Saturday night, November 11th – 7:30pm
Saxophonist Trevor Watts and percussionist Jamie Harris
travel from London to perform with the Bay Area’s
Karl Evangelista, guitar, and Lisa Mezzacappa, bass.

Karl Evangelista’s years-long project “Apura” has brought together giants of the avant garde including the South African drummer Louis Moholo Moholo as well as New York’s Andrew Cyrille, the Bay Area’s Francis Wong and others, creating a free and urgent People’s Music. Trevor Watts, a giant of the London free improvisation musical galaxy, participated in Karl’s Apura quartet recording with Moholo Moholo that took place in London in October 2018, and has collaborated with Jamie Harris for 25 years, since Harris was a young pup. Read more here.

$20 cover; students and working musicians, pay what you can. Reservations: 415-586-3733.



Sunday, 11/12 at 8pm

Drummer Gerald Cleaver drives INSECT LIFE Sunday night, 11/12/23 – 7:30-9:30pm. $20 cover (cash or venmo at the door, please). Reservations, call 415-586-3733. Ben Davis, cello; Ben Goldberg, clarinet; Raffi Garabedian, tenor saxophone; Danny Lubin-Laden, trombone; Gerald Cleaver, drums.

and earlier that same
                 Sunday afternoon…
America’s favorite honky tonk band


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