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Friday, March 24th – 5:30-8 pm
230 Jones Street Jazz Band
jazz and bebop 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 — professional musicians whose history on the local jazz scene dates back 60 … [Read more...]

Saturday, March 25th – 4-6 pm
Grant Levin Duo
with bassist Giulio Cetto

Pianist Levin and bassist Cetto have been developing a rich collaboration over the past several months, growing deeper with each outing. Grant's twice-monthly duo dates -- every second and fourth Saturday afternoon -- offer the pianist an … [Read more...]

Saturday, March 25th – 7:30-10 pm
jazz club! when lights are low…
Smith Dobson Quartet Plays the music of Charlie Parker

Smith Dobson Quintet plays the music of Charlie Parker, surely the most influential musician in modern jazz history-- and the "Bird" in Bird & Beckett.  Smith Dobson, sax Erik Jekabson, trumpet Keith Saunders, piano John Wiitala, bass Evan … [Read more...]

Sunday, March 26th – 2:30-4 pm
Walker Talks!
Kerouac and Lamantia: A Poetics of the Inner Self

Walker Brents III gives a talk at Bird & Beckett on the last Sunday of each month... always a fascinating excursion through topics literary, philosophical and otherwise. … [Read more...]

Sunday, March 26th – 4:30-6:30 pm
Macy Blackman & Bing Nathan
play songs of Irma Thomas & Allan Toussaint
which way west? Sunday concert series

  Cool little duo - Macy Blackman on piano and Bing Nathan on bass - doing some massively wonderful music by the King & Queen of New Orleans Soul. Macy and his full band just put out a new cd of this material. You're in for a … [Read more...]

Thursday, March 30th – 7:30-9:30 pm
Eric Shifrin & the In Crowd

Randy Lee Odell and Bing Nathan will be here!  You should be, too. Randy will play drums and Bing will play bass, alongside Easifingers Eric Shifrin on the piano... You just need to bring your ears, your enthusiasm and some cash for the … [Read more...]

Friday, March 31st – 5:30-8 pm
Dave Parker Quintet
jazz and bebop in the bookshop
every Friday since 2002

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Saturday, April 1st – 7:30-10pm
Mean to Me
jazz club! when lights are low… every Saturday night

Mean to Me resurrects classic jazz of the 1920s through '40s--sometimes twisted by the more modern stylings of Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, and Ahmad Jamal--and an eclectic variety of soul-jazz and latin-jazz. This mix reflects the interests … [Read more...]

Sunday, April 2nd – 4:30-6:30 pm
which way west?
Sylva Cuenca Quartet

Lyle Link - tenor saxophone. Gaea Schell - piano. David Ewell - bass. Sylvia Cuenca - drums. "Thinking about playing some of my favorite Bobby Hutcherson tunes plus music from a variety of my other favorite composers," says … [Read more...]

Sunday, April 2nd – 7:30-9:30 pm
The Grant Levin Trio, featuring Sylvia Cuenca

  Grant Levin, piano Giulio Cetto, bass Sylvia Cuenca, drums   New York-based for the past decade and a half, Sylvia Cuenca was born and raised in San Jose and got her start in jazz in the Bay Area before making her way east, where … [Read more...]

David Murray / Kahil El’Zabar Duo!!
Wednesday, April 5th – 7:30 pm

Born in Oakland in 1955, David Murray came of age as a saxophonist under the profound influence of free jazz masters Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp and proceeded to become a major figure of avant garde jazz beginning in the mid-1970s. He is highly … [Read more...]

Thursday, April 6th – 7:30-9:30 pm
Meredith Edgar + Paul Griffiths & The Scofflaws
Randy Lee Odell presents… every last Thursday in B&B’s
canyon moonlight music series — occasional Thursday and Sunday nights

Paul Griffiths & Meredith Edgar... & the Scofflaws! Paul hails from Manchester England, playing regularly around the bay... his song "Headless Body in a Topless Bar" kind of says it all-- he goes where he wants to in his music and … [Read more...]

events Friday 4/7 to Monday 4/10…

Friday, the 7th, 5:30-8 pm: Don Prell's Seabop Ensemble jazz in the bookshop every Friday evening Saturday, the 8th, 4-6 pm: Grant Levin Duo duo performances every second and fourth Saturday afternoon Saturday, the 8th, 7:30-10 pm: Vocalist Julie … [Read more...]

“Letter Love” — CCSF calligraphy students exhibit in Gallery Ex Libris

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“Go Small” – The Scott Foster Trio recorded live at Bird & Beckett

Just $10, and exquisite! … [Read more...]

Because I Said So – Bad Mommies
recorded live at Bird & Beckett!

  19 exquisite tracks of ennui, despair and defiance, recorded live before a packed house at your neighborhood bookshop August 30, 2016, obliterating the summertime blues for one giddy night!   The kids are back in school now, and they … [Read more...]

Onward! David Meltzer, 1937-2016, R.I.P.

From Julie Rogers, David's wife, we received the following message this morning, December 31st:   Dear One,   Our Beloved David passed at 3:37 this morning very peacefully with us in our bed holding hands. He was calm after the terrible … [Read more...]