Jazz at Lincoln Center’s JazzStories Podcast continues with an episode featuring Todd Barkan. From the announcement:
“In San Francisco…I had a jazz group of my own… and I went to a beer bar on Vallejo Street. And I said I want to really get my band in here. I can do fantastic promotion. I’ll print up all these posters. I said I’ll have this place packed. The owner, Freddie, says ‘I hate jazz, it doesn’t sell. But I’m opening up a big rock club in Berkeley. Why don’t you just buy this hole in the wall and you can present yourself?’…And all of a sudden…I wasn’t even 26 and I was the owner of a new jazz club and that was July of 1972.”
“Take care of the music and the music will take care of you.” That’s the signature line of Todd Barkan, producer and jazz presenter for more than three decades at Milestone Records, San Francisco’s Keystone Korner and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Senior producer Steve Rathe talked with Barkan about finding jazz with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, running a club, working with Jerry Garcia, Miles Davis and much more.