653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

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Open to walk-in trade and browsing
Tuesday to Sunday
noon to six


Live Streams every weekend!
Refresh your browser
to catch a show in progress!
Visit our Facebook page or
YouTube channel!

But nothing beats being in the room
with the music & the musicians!

Sunday, August 7 – 5pm
Tomorrow’s Jazz Now!
Young Players Test the Traditions
CMC 7-Piece Combo

The first Sunday of each month, Bird & Beckett is proud and pleased to host a jazz combo comprising students from a local music school, college or high school opening the program, followed by a student-oriented jam session led by the Akira Tana Trio.

At 5pm we present another ensemble of musicians from San Francisco’s wonderful Community Music Center, this one coached by trumpeter Max Miller-Loran and developed at the CMC’s Richmond District campus. Drummer Jeff Pera is on board for the date.  The jam session that follows from 6-8pm is open to student players from any direction!

Community Music Center Jazz Ensemble
Max Miller-Loran, trumpet
Robert Goodwin, alto sax
Elizabeth DeCarli, tenor sax
Louis Ahtty, piano
Fumio Wada, guitar
Ellen Rosenthal, bass
with special guest Jeff Pera, drums

A stellar trio under the direction of drummer Akira Tana,
with Keith Saunders on piano and Eric Markowitz on bass,
hosts the jam session that follows until 8pm.

Free admission – donations appreciated!
Call the shop at 415-586-3733 for more information.

All students aspiring to a career in jazz — including those who are learning on the bandstands and public squares — are encouraged to turn out for the jam session that concludes each outing. No advance sign up required, but feel free to call the shop for information — 415-586-3733. Ask for Eric.

You can take it all in on our Facebook page or YouTube channel, but there’s nothing like being in the room! Still, if it’s impossible to come out, you’ll enjoy the stream. Donations appreciated per the information on the screen!

Bird & Beckett relies on a generous donor base to meet the expenses of mounting our ambitious live music schedule. Professional musicians working at Bird & Beckett receive a guaranteed fair wage that’s not dependent on audience revenues. Donations are what continue make that possible. $50 or $100 a year from our individual donors is very helpful. Major donors are, of course, very much necessary — and recurring donations set up on PayPal go a long way! Thank you for doing your part to make all this possible.

Co-produced and underwritten by Jazz in the Neighborhood and Bird & Beckett, the students in the combos receive a small stipend and the professional musicians receive a guaranteed fair wage. Your contributions are much appreciated. Your ears as well!

Educators! Call us if you want to bring a combo to our stage! We’re all ears here!

Patrons of the arts & philanthropists! Each of these sessions costs Jazz in the Neighborhood and Bird & Beckett $600+ to produce (that’s just the cost of the student stipend and the guarantee for the trio). You can help us meet those costs and serve the yearnings of the youth for a future in which jazz is more than just a dream of lost opportunity. Give us a call and lend your support!


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The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project

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.

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