POETS! every 1st & 3rd Monday
Monday, November 19th – 7-9 pm
Jack Hirschman + Kitty Costello
followed by an open mic

Jack Hirschman, San Francisco's 4th poet laureate, between devorah major and Diane di Prima, and one of the most productive poets to have held that position, is one of our favorite people in the world and a magnificent and prolific poet. He's also … [Read more...]

Friday, November 23rd – 5:30-8:00 pm
The 230 Jones Street, Local 6 Literary Jazz Band
jazz in the bookshop every Friday since 2002

Talk about your San Francisco jazz... On the fourth Friday of each month, our weekly "jazz in the bookshop" series features The 230 Jones Street, Local 6 Literary Jazz Band — a swinging, bop-oriented quintet that bears a direct line of descent from … [Read more...]

Saturday, November 24th – 7:30–10:00 pm
New Squatoolas
$20 cover charge; $10 for students, musicians, low income
jazz club! when lights are low…

The Jazz Philanthropists Union presents... at jazz club! when lights are low... The New Squatoolas play good-time jazz drenched in the traditions of New Orleans! Jim Peterson, sax Scott Foster, guitar Joe Kyle, Jr., bass Larry Vann, drums … [Read more...]

Sunday, November 25th – 4:30-6:30 pm
The Cottontails
which way west? Sunday concert series
$10-20 suggested donation

The Cottontails jump, jive & wail through two sets of rollicking jazz, blues and R&B drawing on music from the 1920s through the 1940s. Karina Denike, vocals Michael McIntosh, piano Tom Griesser, tenor saxophone & clarinet Joe Kyle, … [Read more...]

Sunday, November 25th – 2:30-4 pm
Walker Talks!

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Monday, November 26th – 7:00-9:00 pm
Molotov Mouth poetry

Josiah Luis Aldrete, a founding member of the Molotov Mouths Outspoken Word Troupe, joins forces with fellow poet Tongo Eisen-Martin, to call the troupe to assembly at Bird & Beckett for an evening of incendiary expression! The Molotov Mouths … [Read more...]

Friday, November 30th – 5:30-8:00 pm
Gaea Schell Latin Quartet
jazz in the bookshop, every Friday since October 2002
$10-20 suggested donation

Gaea Schell, piano, flute & vocal Dan Neville, vibes David Pinto, bass Carlos Ramirez, congas   As drummer Albert 'Tootie' Heath has said, Gaea "plays the heck out of the piano with them small hands." Read more … [Read more...]

Friday, November 30th – 8:30-10:30 pm – the late show!
Geechi Taylor Quartet
 

$20 cover charge; $10 for students/musicians/low income. Trumpeter Geechi Taylor is a cornerstone of the Bay Area jazz scene. He's bringing a fine quartet into Bird & Beckett tonight for your pleasure. photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez, … [Read more...]

Saturday, December 1st – 3:30-4:30 pm
Brett Karner Holiday Concert
donations appreciated

Brett Karner - trumpet Xander Johns - baritone saxophone Jackson Contugno - tenor saxophone Spencer Hoefert - guitar Cris Carrera - bass Robert Chapa - drums Top talent from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's "Roots, Jazz and American … [Read more...]

Saturday, December 1st – 7:30–10:00 pm
Grant Levin Quartet
featuring Lori Bell, flute
$20 cover charge; $10 for students, musicians, low income
jazz club! when lights are low… every Saturday night

The Jazz Philanthropists Union presents... Pianist Grant Levin leads a quartet featuring the flutist Lori Bell, up from San Diego for the date! Bell is an award-winning flutist "of admirable depth and broad musical sympathies whose recordings and … [Read more...]

Sunday, December 2nd – 4:30-6:30 pm
Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood
which way west? Sunday concert series
$10-20 suggested donation

Wendy Burch Steel and Redwood play a unique cross-section of genres incorporating all the good and sweet aspects of folk, old-time, country, bluegrass and blues. Bluegrass icon Laurie Lewis produced, played and sang on Wendy’s debut CD, “Open Wings” … [Read more...]

Thursday, December 6th – 7:30-9:30 pm
CCSF Jazz Club Party! All are invited

City Jazz is made up of musicians who've played for decades as well as musicians who are new to jazz. The group has 3 vocalists, 2 pianists, 5 horns, a small string section, and a rhythm section that includes fretless electric bass. They'll be … [Read more...]

Friday, December 7th – 5:30-8:00 pm
Lyle Link Quartet
jazz in the bookshop, every Friday since October 2002

Lyle Link, saxophone Dahveed Behroozi, piano Jeff Denson, bass Dillon Vado, drums … [Read more...]

Saturday, December 8th – 7:30–10:00 pm
 RJAM Jazz Collective
$20 cover charge; $10 for students, musicians, low income
jazz club! when lights are low… every Saturday night

The Jazz Philanthropists Union presents... Jayden Clark (Tenor Sax) Brett Karner (Trumpet) Spencer Hoefert (Guitar) Cris Carrera (Bass) Julian Archer (Drums) Jazz standards plus original work by each of the members, all students in the San Francisco … [Read more...]

Sunday, December 9th – 4:30-6:30 pm
Buena Vista Jazz Band – trad jazz holiday
which way west? Sunday concert series
$10-20 suggested donation

A holiday season tradition at Bird & Beckett, we welcome the return of this nine-piece trad jazz all-star outfit, featuring Andrew Storar- trumpet, John Hunt - trombone, Don Neely- clarinet, Si Perkoff - piano, Duncan James -guitar, Al Obidinski, … [Read more...]

Sunday, December 9th – 7:30-10:00 pm
Take a Wacky Walk with the Seducers
Classic, Outlaw & Honky Tonk Country Music
$10-20 suggested donation
$5 for students/musicians/fixed income

Joe Goldmark, pedal steel guitar Mitch Polzak, lead guitar and vocals Hank Maninger, bass guitar and vocals Kenny Owen, drums … [Read more...]

Monday, December 10th – 7:00-9:30 pm
RJAM JAM SESSION! (Monthly every 2nd Monday)
Students from the SFCM Roots, Jazz & American Music
Program hosts young Bay Area talent

2nd year! Students in the SF Conservatory of Music's "Roots, Jazz & American Music" BMUS degree program host their peers from Bay Area colleges and high schools. No cover charge. Donations to support the bookshop that supports the students are … [Read more...]

Book club every 2nd Wednesday at 7pm
open to all

The book club convenes on Wednesday, December 12th at 7pm to discuss Andrew Sean Greer's Pulitzer Prize-winning comic novel, Less.  Greer is living back in San Francisco after a few years in Italy running a writers' workshop. His first novel, The … [Read more...]