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Join us in promoting a living wage for performing artists in this wealthy and sophisticated city! Think it through, and express your opinions to your district supervisor! A healthy arts culture requires public subsidy. To us, it seems as simple as … [Read more...]

Thursday, September 21st – 7:30 pm
Saxophonist Greg Abate
on tour! – $15 cover charge

Listen to this track, and come down to the show! "Take the Crowell Train" - written for saxophonist and Bay Area educator Ken Crowell. It burns! Greg Abate, a multi-instrumentalist and an alto player in the tradition of Phil Woods, is a road … [Read more...]

Friday, September 22nd – 5:30-8 pm
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 — once known as The Chuck Peterson Quintet — five musicians whose history on the … [Read more...]

Saturday, September 23rd – 7:30 pm
Jeff Hamilton Jazz!
$15 cover charge

Jeff Hamilton plays piano! A trio with Clint Baker on trumpet and Robert Young on reeds. There are at least two drummers named Jeff Hamilton in the world of exquisite music... the big band (Clayton/Hamilton) drummer and this one. And don't we … [Read more...]

Sunday, September 24th – 2:30-4 pm
Walker Talks! on the lasting significance of Alan Watts

Alan Watts, born near London in 1915, was drawn to Buddhism at a young age, and published his first book in 1936 at age 21, The Spirit of Zen: A Way of Life, Work and Art in the Far East. Though he later came to view that book as somewhat naive and … [Read more...]

Sunday, September 24th – 4:30-6:30 pm
Tin Cup Serenade
tragic songs of hope

In these tumultuous times, we need Tin Cup Serenade's tragic songs of hope more than ever. Rolf Wilkinson writes the tunes, by and large, sings them and plays guitar, Larry Leight plays trombone and Safa Shokrai plays bass. Nashville Music News … [Read more...]

. . . 2, 3, 4! duo, trio, quartet… pianist Grant Levin
2nd, 3rd & 4th Sunday evenings, every month

Sunday, September 24th – 7:30 pm – $15 cover charge
The Grant Levin Quartet

Best damn jazz piano player ever, in your own back yard! Tatum? Mary Lou Williams? Herbie Nichols? Meet your young colleague from the North Coast, San Francisco's finest... We're not joking! You're missing out if you're not clued in, so take … [Read more...]

Tuesday, September 26th – 7:30 pm
Screening and party for the
Best 48 Hour Film Project Ever!
Chronos Cowboy!

Tony Litwak and his merry band of sharpshooters capture 50 years of San Francisco joy, culture and temperate weather in just 6 minutes! Watch your neighborhood bookstore become a full-on movie star! Baddest Greek Chorus Ever! Best Cowboy Time … [Read more...]

Friday, September 29th – 5:30-8 pm
John Calloway Quartet
plays jazz in the bookshop
 

The Jazz Commissioner is on the job! Latin jazz specialist John Calloway brings in a quartet that's representative of the Bay Area's best and brightest -- Jordan Samuels on guitar, Alex Farrell on bass and Brian Andres on drums. Latin, … [Read more...]

Saturday, September 30th – 7:30-10:00 pm
Seventh Avenu
jazz club! when lights are low…

 Graham Bruce writes and arranges for this seven-piece jazz juggernaut, with a book of original music thick as a brick! Mad Duran, alto, soprano, flute Dave Schrader, tenor, soprano Ruth Ahlers, bari Steve Weaver, trombone Dan Neville, … [Read more...]

Sunday, October 1st – 2-3 pm
Eveline Kanes & MaryLee McNeal
poetry reading

Spindlermühle ((Czechoslovakia), 1930s So clear that night and still, only the sound of the horse’s hooves on packed snow and the sleigh’s bells broke the silence, our breaths mingled with the horse’s steam as we huddled under a heavy … [Read more...]

Sunday, October 1st – 4:30-6:30 pm
Charles Thomas Trio
which way west? Sunday concert series
 

Bassist Charles Thomas covers jazz, R&B, funk, classical and many points in the musical spectrum, but it’s clearly jazz that absorbs him most fully. No better way to spend your Sunday afternoon than to be at Bird & Beckett soaking up the … [Read more...]

Sunday, October 1st – 7:30-9:30 pm
The Seducers
Classic, Outlaw & Honky Tonk Country Music

Joe Goldmark, pedal steel, leads a country music supergroup, with Mitch Polzak on lead guitar and vocals, Hank Maninger on bass guitar and vocals, and Kenny Owen, the Haiku Cowboy, on drums. Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams and a fistful … [Read more...]

POETS! every 1st & 3rd Monday
Monday, October 2nd – 7-9 pm
JB Frame and Dee Allen
followed by an open mic
Jerry Ferraz, m.c.

Two poets who matter. It's a bloody, inhuman mess out there, and it bears thinking about. And speaking. JB Frame and Dee Allen read their work. An open mic follows. Jerry Ferraz hosts.   … [Read more...]

Mark your calendar!
Monday, October 9th – 7:30-10:00 pm
RJAM Jazz Jam!
Every 2nd Monday!

Second Mondays, Bird & Beckett hosts a jam session for the inaugural class of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's brand new jazz BMUS (Bachelor of Music) degree program. The first date, in September, was a phenomenal delight. And so it … [Read more...]

Mark your calendar!
Sunday, October 15th – 4:30-6:30 pm
Lewis Jordan – Music at Large

Lewis Jordan: saxophones, poet David Boyce: saxophones Ian Carey: trumpet Karl Evangelista: electric guitar Ollen Erich Hunt: bass Jimmy Biala: drums/percussion The new CD from Music at Large, this is where i came in, gathers together these … [Read more...]

Sunday, October 22nd – 4:30-6:30 pm
Five Spot Jazz Quintet featuring Mike Greensill

Bird & Beckett presents a first class quintet comprising seasoned players Charlie McCarthy on tenor sax and flute, Joe Cohen on tenor sax, Mike Greensill on piano, John Clark on bass and Jack Dorsey on drums, all superb musicians and long-time … [Read more...]

Ongoing through October 15th in Galley Ex Libris
Time Landscape: Paintings and a reading by J Grabowski

Time Landscape is J Grabowski's first release of writing coupled with drawings - reflecting his day to day notebook process that he has continued for over a decade; making work on the go, wherever he is; bringing the studio to the place. The book was … [Read more...]