“Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club”

We are pleased to announce the release of a new book, by Kathy Sloane, about Keystone Korner; the jazz club of which Todd Barkan was owner and Artistic Director.

Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz ClubDuring the 1970s, when jazz clubs all over America were folding under the onslaught of rock and roll and disco, San Francisco’s Keystone Korner was an oasis for jazz musicians and patrons. Tucked next to a police station in the city’s North Beach area, the Keystone became known as one of the most important jazz spots in the United States. It was so beloved by musicians that superstars McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, and Elvin Jones played a benefit concert just so the club could buy a liquor license. In this book, more than 100 black and white photographs, a collage of oral histories, and a marvelous CD of recordings from the club chronicle the Keystone experience.

The book is available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all good bookstores.

The official Book Launch took place on October 19th, 2011 at the City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, CA. Todd Barkan was, of course, in attendance!


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4 Responses to “Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club”

  1. Brian McMillen says:

    My comment is, Kathy Sloane should be named as the author/editor of this book.

    • Todd Barkan says:

      Brian, Kathy Sloane is indeed listed as the author/editor of this great book in all the press releases and almost all the internet
      mentions. I will ask the guy who helps with my blog to make sure that Kathy’s name is added to the basic text of this post
      also. All my love and respect and eternal brighter moments always, Todd

  2. Jeff Walters says:

    Bright Moments Todd…
    Spent most of 1981 studying in the best jazz venue in the world before moving to NYC.
    I always visit the neighborhood whenever I’m in SFO.
    Miss Miles on the wall in the alley.

  3. Doug Zielke says:

    Hi Todd!
    Just rec’d this wonderful book. Next time I see you in NYC at Dizzys, I want an autograph!!

    Warmest Regards,
    Doug Zielke
    Vancouver, BC

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