Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Bird & Beckett Books and Records
653 Chenery St.
San Francisco CA 94131  
(415) 586-3733

A bookshop/performance venue in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood.

Besides operating as a new/used generalist's bookshop with a small but sweet selection of vintage jazz vinyl and recent cds by local artists, the shop's allied Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (BBCLP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization charged with the mission to present, document and archive the creative work of significant living writers and musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, for a neighborhood audience and future generations. Established in 2007 to take over responsibility for an ever expanding slate of cultural programming at the bookshop (est. 1999), the BBCLP presents four live concert series each week (Fridays through Sundays), a twice monthly poetry series on Mondays, and many other cultural programs. The BBCLP also publishes AMERARCANA, an annual literary review, now in its fifth issue.

Bird & Beckett Books & Records is located at 653 Chenery Street between Diamond and Castro in San Francisco’s Glen Park neighborhood at the southern foot of Twin Peaks. 1-1/2 blocks from the Glen Park BART station (one stop past the 24th/Mission station) and is served by MUNI lines 23, 36, 44, 52 & J-Church.

By car, take the Monterey exit off I-280 South, or the Bosworth exit off I-280 North.

Upcoming Events:
Friday, June 22 2018 9:00 PM
The Pipes

Darren Johnston, trumpet
Cory Wright, reeds
Stephen Lugerner, reeds  More...

Thursday, July 5 2018 7:30 PM
Lisa Mezzacappa Six : COSMICOMICS 2018 
Bookstore Residency!

New music for jazz sextet inspired by Italo Calvino’s stories on the origins of the universe - developed in a series of salon performances at Bird & Beckett this year

Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Mark Clifford, vibes
Tim Perkis, electronics
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jordan Glenn, drums

Bookstore Residency & Work-in-Progress Salons
Thursdays at 7:30pm //$5-$10 Suggested Donation
July 5
Sept 13

Concert Finale
Sat Nov 3 7:30pm //$20 Suggested Donation

Bay Area bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa visits with her sextet for a five-concert residency this year, to develop a new suite of music inspired by Italo Calvino’s extraordinary Cosmicomics stories. Over a series of Thursday evening salons, she and her band will explore new musical material drawn from Calvino’s supremely imaginative musings on the origins of the universe, and the invisible forces at work in the cosmos. The salon series, which runs from April through September, concludes with a premiere of the complete work on Saturday November 3. 

Mezzacappa’s sensibility as a composer embraces the full panorama of jazz sound and feeling, from bluesy grooves to abstract soundscapes, playful collective improvisation and richly layered melodies that blend electric and acoustic textures. Her last suite of music for this ensemble, avantNOIR, was drawn from crime novels by Hammett and Auster - and earned a 4 1/2 star review in Downbeat Magazine last year. 

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