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Mid-April to Mid-May at Bird & Beckett
Grant Levin kicks off this weekend, Friday 5:30-8pm.
Chris Amberger on bass and Mark Lee on drums.
Remarkable music in your neighborhood bookshop.
$5-20 donation suggested.
Friday late show - 8:45-11pm.
Knucklebean: The NEW Music of Eddie Marshall!

Drummer Eddie Marshall was a key player in the Bay Area's jazz world for decades. Each year since his death in 2011,
Eddie’s working band has reunited to play his compositions,
with his son, Alcide Marshall, in the drum chair. 

This year the group will be presenting a treasure trove of “new” gems, tunes Eddie left behind when he passed. The group has been decoding, reconstructing and rehearsing them, and is thrilled to present them to the public – some for the first time!

And what a band! Peck Allmond and Kenny Brooks made the move to NYC decades ago and play at the highest levels; Glen Pearson and Jeff Chambers are first call players in the Bay Area, lead their own groups and travel extensively. Alcide Marshall is solidly in the pocket and has the music in his genes!

$20-30 sliding scale       students $10-15

Tenor player
James Mahone
leads a quartet Saturday night

Grant Levin, piano
Aaron Cohn, bass
Hamir Atwal, drums

$20 cover. 
Lucille Lang Day
& poet/contributor
Joan Gelfand
host local contributors to this anthology of poetry exploring themes of the natural landscape in the anthropocene, an era defined by human activity as the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

Diane Frank, Ken Haas, 
CC Hart, Eileen Malone, 
Kathleen McClung, 
Evelyn Posamentier, 
Susan Terris, Arin Vasquez
Music at Large

Saxophonist, composer & poet Lewis Jordan

Sandi Poindexter
Karl Evangelista (guitar)
Erich Olen Hunt
(bass )
Jimmy Biala

Ladies & Gentlemen,
The Seducers!

Every Second Sunday at Bird & Beckett

The Very Best in
Classic, Outlaw and Honky Tonk
Country Music!

Mitch Polzak, lead guitar and vocals
Hank Maninger, bass guitar and vocals
Joe Goldmark, pedal steel guitar
Kenny Owen, drums

$10-20 cover charge


Ronald Sauer, poet
Agneta Falk, poet
celebrated emissaries from North Beach

read works surreal and incisive

this is the artistic and insightful spirit
that defines San Francisco for much of the cultured world

an open mic follows

Monday, April 15th at 7 pm


and then??

So much more to come... April concludes with nine shows between Thursday the 18th and Sunday the 28th!

On the 18th, straight from an appearance at the annual extravaganza called Viva Las Vegas, it's the rockabilly quartet
Harlem River Noise in an acoustic mode, reprising the swampy Memphis sound of the 50s and quite a bit more!

On the 19th, in the early show at 5:30, 
jazz guitarist Scott Foster fronts a trio with saxophonist Tom Griesser and bassist Scott Chapek. Sublime pleasure guaranteed.

On the 19th, in the late show at 9pm, acclaimed
New York trumpet player Kenny Warren fronts a quartet with San Francisco jazz stars Raffi Garabedian on tenor sax, Miles Wick on bass and Jon Arkin on drums.

Saturday night, the 20th, from 7:30-10pm, we'll present
the Dave Parker Septet, wailing on compositions by Mingus, Dolphy, lots of hard hitters, and unveiling three pieces commissioned by the band from Los Angeles-based composer JAB! This band is heavy in the lower frequencies, as befits a unit led by a hard-driving bass player... Charles Hamilton plays trombone, Jerry Logas plays baritone sax, Hal Richards pulls from a grab bag of reeds, Henry Hung is on trumpet, Karl Evangelista's on guitar and Pepe Jacobo handles the drums!

And on the 21st (Sunday afternoon at 4:30pm), vocalist
Sandy Cressman is here with her fabulous combo, Homenagem Brasileira -- music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Ivan Lins, Dori Caymmi, Tom Jobim, Vinicius De Moraes, Djavan, Filó Machado, Milton Nascimento. Her band features Jeff Cressman on trombone, Murray Low on piano, David Belove on bass and Dillon Vado on drums. This will be an Easter Sunday you'll long remember!

Then, after a few days of just selling books, we'll present
author Peter Duffy on Thursday the 25th with his book about San Francisco legend Bill Bailey, whose fame long predates his San Francisco years.  The book is The Agitator: William Bailey and the First American Uprising Against Nazism, and it's grounded in the action taken by Bailey, a young Merchant Marine seaman, and some associates when the SS Bremen moored in New York Harbor in 1935. With a lavish party in full swing on board, Bill and the others snuck onto the ship and tore the Nazi flag from the ship's flagpole, igniting a brawl and a national controversy culminating in his stunning acquittal in a media-thronged trial that dominated the national headlines. There's much more to Bill Bailey's story, and many who knew him and shared his convictions and struggles will be on hand!

And then, back to the music!
The 230 Jones Street, Local 6 Literary Jazz Band plays jazz in the bookshop on Friday the 26th; Steven Lugener's acclaimed SLUGish Ensemble, a sextet, wails on Saturday the 27th; and on Sunday, the 28th, the Grant Levin Trio, with Giulio Xavier on bass and Jeff Minnieweather on drums, concludes a day that's marked by the annual Glen Park Festival. Just the tonic you'll need!


Want to support all this activity in your little bookshop? Donate to our nonprofit 501(c)3, the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project.

Click here for that!

It takes a lot more than $10 in the bucket at a show or picking up a new book to make it work, although those acts are crucially important. Many donate substantial amounts each year to Bird & Beckett to underwrite what we do, and we can't do it without that donor base. Join in to help make it work!!

In May, we celebrate 20 years 
serving Glen Park!


Mark your calendar now for our annual party in Jerry  Ferraz's backyard on Mission Street on Saturday May 11th, and plan to head to the store afterwards to hear the Scott Amendola/Phillip Greenlief duo that same evening... The night before, Friday the 10th, you can hear a double bill with pianist Tammy Lynne Hall leading a trio at 5:30 and drummer Sylvia Cuenca leading a trio at 9:00... And the day after, Sunday the 12th, you'll get the blues duo called the Deep Basement Shakers followed by the Seducers!

Then, on the weekend of Friday, May 17th to Sunday, May 19th,  we'll seal the deal, with Scott Foster presiding over an all-star sextet on Friday evening, Ben Goldberg fronting Invisible Guy on Saturday, May 18th and Grant Levin with a sublime trio on Sunday, May 19th!  

Founded in May 1999, we just keep on going, thanks to you!


If you're one of the big winner's in the Gold Rush economy of 2019 San Francisco, donate $2,500 and join the Jazz Philanthropists Union. Our major donors keep the landlord and accountants compensated, pay the licensing agencies, keep the staff from starving. 

If you're equally enthused, but live on more modest means, donate $10 a month, or $50 a year, or $100 once in awhile.  Legions of "small" donors are crucial to keeping us solvent. All help us pay decent wages to the musicians and poets for their work, though there's always a long way to go in that department!

Any amount you can offer helps secure Glen Park's position as San Francisco's cultural hub of jazz and literature, and rewards the cultural workers that make it so! 

Thanks to all of you who already put a share of your resources behind our efforts. We do this together.

Bird & Beckett Books & Records
653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

Tell a friend, "Meet me at Bird & Beckett!"

Close by Glen Park BART station
and served by the J-Church streetcar
and Muni lines 23, 44, 35 and 36

Take the Monterey Blvd exit from I-280 South, and hook to the right then bear left to enter the neighborhood on Diamond.

Or take the San Jose Blvd exit from I-280 North and make three hard rights to circle under the freeway and enter the neighborhood on Bosworth.

Or just hoof it over from the Mission,
Noe Valley or the Sunnyside!

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