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