Bird and Beckett, besides being one of San Francisco’s leading bookstores, is among the best places in the city to catch live jazz. The Chenery Street store has been showcasing some of the region’s top artists for years in a series of Friday evening and Sunday afternoon performances.
Bird and Beckett is building on those series’ success with the new Saturday night Jazz Club. You can check out the vibe for yourself May 23 when pianist Michael Parsons performs with an ensemble featuring Jay Sanders, Charles Thomas and Vinnie Rodriguez.
So what specifically is the Jazz Club? The idea is that when you join ($75) you receive a discounted admission price on performances (an $8-$15 sliding scale). You also will be recognized as a Jazz Philanthropist and be counted among “the key players in promoting Bay Area jazz and launching our fine musicians into both national prominence and day-to-day solvency.” Eric Whittington said this in an e-mail to me:
Grant Levin will be in charge (music director) of the second Saturday of the month and Michael Parsons will take on the fourth Saturdays. Each show will feature top local players in a well-conceived couple of sets. Eventually we'll likely make it every Saturday but initially we'll go with this twice-a-month schedule.
Sounds like Bird and Beckett is making yet another vital contribution to the Bay Area jazz scene.
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