Drummer Tony Johnson’s 230 Jones Street Band kicks off the weekend at 5:30pm Friday the 28th, with Bob Kenmotsu, saxophone; Si Perkoff, piano; and Chuck Bennett, long-time veterans of the San Francisco and New York jazz scenes. $20 donation appreciated, byob.
Find your happy hour at Bird & Beckett every Friday right up to 8pm, then grab a taco at La Corneta or a beer at Glen Park Station and return at 9pm for the late set.
Friday, 9-10:30pm: “Those who drink the water must remember those who dug the well.â€ Guitarist and LifeForce Jazz Recording Artist and Producer Brother Khalil Abdullah returns to Bird & Beckett for a night of gratitude and remembrance; a night of celebrating and honoring the roots of this beautiful music called jazz. Br Khalil is joined by an incredible band featuring Murray Low on piano, Mark Heshima Williams on bass, and Deszon Claiborne on drums. Come groove with us as they explore standards and originals steeped in the blues! $20 cash cover, byob.
Saturday, from 7:30-9:30pm, trumpeter Bill Ortiz brings an all-star quintet. A San Francisco native, Bill was in Batachanga in the 1980s, Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble in the 1990s, Santana from 2000 to 2016 and much more. Since graduating high school in the mid-1970s, he’s worked with everyone from Tito Puente to Steve Winwood, from Johnny “Guitar” Watson to Cecil Taylor, from Cachao to Wayne Shorter, from Buddy Guy to John McLaughlin. The list goes on and on. All you need to know is his tone, his attack and his soulful immersion in the music he plays. Tonight, his quintet includes Howard Wiley on sax, Matt Clark on piano, Marcus Shelby on bass and Sylvia Cuenca on drums. $25 cash cover, byob.
Sunday at 5pm, it’s our last-Sunday-of-the-month jam session open to all serious jazz musicians, conducted by the relaxed and good humored drummer Vince Lateano, who’s been a mainstay of the San Francisco jazz scene since the mid-1960s, notably during his long stint as the house drummer at Jazz at Pearl’s in North Beach. When Vince is on the kit, the music swings. Ben Stolorow is on piano, with Michael Zisman on bass. $20 donation appreciated to help us pay the trio. No charge to play in the jam session.
Finishing out the weekend and marching to the beat of a different drummer, reed players Ben Goldberg and Sheldon Brown join forces once again at 8pm Sunday, continuing a quarter century of improvisation and witty dives into originals as well as the music of Thelonious Monk, Herbie Nichols and other genius abstract tunesmiths. John Wiitala is on bass, with Tim Bulkley on drums. $20 cash cover, byob.
Come down to Bird & Beckett for a show this weekend, with a twenty for the band and whatever you want to sip.
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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