Todd Barkan named 2018 NEA Jazz Master

Very thankful. I’m very moved and honored by this recognition from my peers to be included with heroes Dianne Reeves, Pat Metheny, and​ ​Joanne Brackeen as one of the four 2018 NEA​ ​Jazz Masters. It’s been a lifelong blessing to have personally worked​ with​ most of the NEA Jazz​ ​Masters since I began this unlikely journey in our music in the mid 1960s. A real privilege beyond​ ​words to be able to provide ​an​ opportunity and space to these indispensable artists to swing and create together. As Bobby Hutcherson told me quite a few times, and even wrote on the wall of the Keystone Korner:​ “True love asks nothing in return.” –Todd Barkan

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One Response to Todd Barkan named 2018 NEA Jazz Master

  1. Congrats Todd Barkin!!! – Well deserved. so many good memories photographing, listening to amazing music and meeting so many jazz greats. Bright Moments…

    Geoffrey Hiller

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