Jazz Impresario to Present Shows at Iridium

Friends and Colleagues,

I’ll be personally hosting Keystone Korner Nights at the Iridium beginning on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013, 8 & 10pm, with “Celebrating Wes Montgomery” featuring Jimmy Cobb, drums; Ray Drummond*, bass; Harold Mabern, piano; Lew Soloff, trumpet; Eric Alexander, tenor saxophone; Peter Bernstein, guitar; and special guests.

The Iridium
51st & Broadway
New York, NY

Hope to see you there!

Brighter moments, Todd Barkan

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* An historically interesting fact is that the phenomenal jazz virtuoso bassist/composer Ray Drummond actually performed for the first week of the Keystone Korner Jazz Club beginning July 14, 1972, in San Francisco with violinist Michael White,  pianist Ed Kelly,
drummaster Kenneth Nash.

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As mentioned in a New York Times article by James C. McKinley, Jr:

One of the most celebrated jazz impresarios in the country is starting over, booking a new series of concerts at Iridium in Midtown Manhattan after stepping down from his longtime post at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The promoter, Todd Barkan, first rose to prominence in the 1970s as the club owner who built Keystone Korner in San Francisco into one of the country’s best jazz stages, a psychedelic club where historic recordings were made by artists like Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner and Bill Evans. In 2000 Wynton Marsalis recruited Mr. Barkan to oversee programming at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, one of three performance spaces in Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Read the complete article.

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4 Responses to Jazz Impresario to Present Shows at Iridium

  1. ken pace says:

    Looking forward to your new series at the Iridium.
    Would love to see Steve Grossman come back to NYC for a week. He’s one of the greats. Don’t get to see or hear enough from him. I believe he lives in Italy now.
    Looking forward to the New Year.

  2. Bob Arthurs says:

    Dear Todd. Congratulations on the Iridium gig. All the best. Will you only be booking established acts, or is there some hope for the rest of us out here in jazzland?
    – Bob Arthurs

  3. Jeff Kaliss says:

    We miss the life you left here in San Francisco, Todd, and congratulate you on the new life you’re starting up on that other coast.

  4. Carol Morgan says:

    Wonderful show last night. Thanks so much, Todd, and again, congratulation!

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