From The SF Chronicle
Fiona Carswell enjoys art books and graphic novels at Bird & Beckett.Credit: Michelle Gachet / The Chronicle
It is an ordinary Friday night on the edge of winter in Glen Park, an out-of-the-way neighborhood on the BART line to Daly City, and Don Prell’s quartet is playing the bookstore.
Prell is an old guy, and he’s playing a jazz version of an old standard. He’s on bass. He smiles to himself and closes his eyes, lost in the music. There are maybe 40 people in the audience, sitting on folding chairs, sipping wine. They are surrounded by books. Books on shelves, books stacked in small piles.
The band is the SeaBop Ensemble, and the bookstore is Bird & Beckett, named for Charlie Parker, the musician, and Samuel Beckett, the writer. “We like it here,” Prell said. “We get to play our music and we feel like we are respected here.”
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