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Weekend of June 22-24 & June 29-July 1

June 29-July 1

6/29 – Friday – jazz in the bookshop Special Fifth Friday Booking! Mad & Eddie Duran Eddie Duran, born in San Francisco in 1925, had become one of the top jazz guitarists on the local scene by the late 1940s.  He got the call to play in Charlie Parker’s band at the Say When Club on Bush Street in 1952, sharing the bandstand with Chet Baker and Lawrence Marable, and has played and recorded with dozens of major figures along the way — including Stan Getz, Cal Tjader, George Shearing, Earl “Fatha” Hines and Jon Hendricks.  For four years through 1980 he was in Benny Goodman’s band — check out this link to a video of Eddie, bassist Al Obidinski and drummer John Markham onstage with Benny at Tokyo’s Budokan Hall, in a trio performance of Prelude to a Kiss while Benny and pianist Teddy Wilson look on.  Mad Duran, Eddie’s wife and partner on the bandstand for the past 18 years, is a powerful tenor sax player; together, they’ve long been a top draw on the Northern California jazz scene, and we’re more than proud to present them on the Bird & Beckett bandstand!

6/30 – Saturday – CLOSED TODAY!  on family business!

7/1 – Sunday – 2pm – Poets Step Up to the Plate Baseball poems, classic & original David Frankel & Dan Liberthson + you on the open mic come out and celebrate the National Pastime on the run up to the 4th!

7/1 – Sunday – 4:30 to 6:30 pm which way west? Sunday Concert Series The Buena Vista Jazz Band Happy Birthday, Louis Armstrong!  A trad jazz extravaganza! Andrew Storar, trumpet; John Hunt, trombone; Don Neely, clarinet; Duncan James, guitar; Si Perkoff, piano; Michael Kenny, bass; Greg Gotelli, drums.


June 22-24

Friday – 5:30 to 8:00 pm
jazz in the
— The Chuck Peterson Quintet
with Howard Dudune (reeds),
Dean Reilly (bass), Tony Johnson (drums)

and special guest Brad Buethe (guitar)

Saturday – shortened store hours, noon to 5 pm
shop for books!

Sunday – 2pm
poets/writers read their work
— Loren Bell & Sharon Doubiago
The things they carried:
fathers bringing home the wars

Two fine writers, Sharon Doubiago and Loren Bell, find common ground in their work in many ways– and will read pieces reflecting the effect of military service on their own fathers, and the way their experiences shaped the personal arc of their post-war lives.

Sunday – 4:30 to 6:30 pm
which way west? Sunday concert series
— Jinx Jones & the Jazzabilly All Stars
Nashville tinged jazz, with a splash of surf
from a local guitar hero and his hardy band of hitmakers

“Jinx Jones has built a rep as a hot-sh*t rockabilly guitarist – he has backed guitar hero Roy Buchanan (a mentor), soul music legend Solomon Burke, and Chuck Berry.  The music will be in the country, surf, and rockabilly veins, and some jazz will also show up.   Hear us play a chicken-fried version of Thelonious Monk’s “Well You Needn’t.” says bassist Kurt Rebak.  Jinx & his boys might also throw in anything from Merle Haggard to “Misirlou” to The Who to Wipeout!  Not to be missed on this sunny Sunday summer afternoon.

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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