Already starting to prepare special jazz video lectures and jazz film compilations for the CRYSTAL (15TH) ANNIVERSARY OF THE JAZZ CRUISE from JANUARY 17-24, 2016.

15 years ago The Jazz Cruise became the first, and it remains the only, full ship charter dedicated to “straight ahead” jazz. During that span of time, the cruise has become one of the most important events in the jazz world, uniting jazz lovers and artists from all over the world for a week at sea celebrating the music, people and history of this beloved genre.

The lineup for The Jazz Cruise ’16, our Crystal Anniversary Sailing, was announced on February 6, 2015 and the cruise is already 60% sold out. The energy generated by the fabulous sailing in January, 2015, together with the excitement surrounding the announcement of the new lineup, have combined to accelerate the customary sales process.

Now is the time to book a cabin on The Jazz Cruise ’16.

The Jazz Cruise was created for jazz lovers by jazz lovers.  Each day is filled with set music performances, jam sessions, special music events and up-close-and-personal interviews, all in the luxurious setting of a first class cruise ship sailing the blue waters of the Caribbean in January, far away from the cold, sleet and snow.  The music venues are intimate, professionally set up for the best sound, seating and sight lines that we can produce.  Perhaps the most fascinating difference between a customary jazz performance and those on the cruise is the interactive nature of the experience and the ability of our guests to talk and converse with the musicians.  The 1,900 or so guests have full access to the 100+ musicians which allows for greater learning, appreciation and excitement.  The Jazz Cruise also creates performances and formats unlike other concerts or festivals which result in truly unique performances and pairings.  And, at any time during the cruise, you can take a break from the music and enjoy the food, excursions, amenities and comfort of a Holland America Line Signature cruise ship.  Now you know why this cruise sells out year after year after year and why Guests continue to sail for many years.



Kenny Barron Trio, Dianne Reeves, Charles McPherson, Christian McBride Trio, Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Lovano, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Cohen Family, Houston Person, Freddy Cole, Wycliffe Gordon, John Pizzarelli, and many more!

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Very honored and happy to be the subject of a feature interview in the special 80th Anniversary Issue of the legendary JAZZ HOT Magazine just published online from Paris:

On dit toujours que les chats ont neuf vies. Dans le cas de Todd Barkan, il les a vécues en même temps, comme musicien, propriétaire et gérant de clubs et comme producteur. Chez lui, les destins se croisent et ramènent toujours au jazz, avec quelques figures tutélaires, comme Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dexter Gordon, Grover Washington. On dit toujours que les musiciens et les artistes vivent pour leur art et uniquement pour leur art. On oublie souvent ceux qui, tout aussi passionnés, font en sorte que leur art soit partagé par le plus grand nombre.

Il est difficile de résumer la carrière de Todd Barkan (né en 1946 à Lincoln, dans le Nebraska) tant chacune de ses incarnations ont joué un rôle critique dans l’histoire de ces dernières décennies. En 1972, Todd Barkan ouvre le Keystone Korner à San Francisco qui, jusqu’en 1983, personnifie un jazz de culture, un jazz comme art vivant et un jazz comme art de vivre. Les très nombreux enregistrements de concerts en témoignent, qu’il s’agisse d’Art Blakey, Red Garland, Dexter Gordon, Mary Lou Williams ou de Jaki Byard, Art Pepper, Chet Baker, Bill Evans, Freddie Hubbard, parmi tant d’autres.

L’autre club qu’il a rendu célèbre est le Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola de Jazz at Lincoln Center à New York, qu’il anima de 2001 à 2012. Soucieux de présenter jeunes talents et musiciens historiques, il a créé à cet effet le Generation Jazz Festival et présentait Sonny Fortune avec Sharel Cassity ou Johnny Mandel avec le Diva Jazz Orchestra. Il est depuis 2014 en charge de la direction artistique de Arts Garage, en Floride, et s’occupe de la programmation de festivals (Sea of Jazz Festival, Jazz Cruise). Au fil des années, il a aussi développé un goût et une virtuosité pour la production. Actif depuis la fin des années 1970, il a aujourd’hui dépassé le millier de disques produits, aussi bien pour les labels américains que japonais et européens, comme Fantasy/Milestone, Columbia, Sunnyside, Concord, Blue Note Records, Alfa, Venus, Videoarts Music, Meldac, Teichiku, etc.

En plus des concerts enregistrés au Keystone Korner, il a produit des disques de Freddy Cole, Kenny Burrell, Grover Washington, Jr., Monty Alexander, Cyrus Chestnut, Randy Weston, Steve Kuhn, Eric Alexander, Nicki Parrott, Tommy Flanagan, Cedar Walton, Sonny Stitt, Roland Hanna, Harold Mabern, Little Jimmy Scott, Jimmy Cobb, Archie Shepp, Tete Montoliu, Sheila Jordan, John Hicks, Barry Harris, Eddie Henderson, Mal Waldron, Bobby Hutcherson, parmi beaucoup d’autres.

« Take care of the music, and the music will take care of you » (Prenez soin de la musique et la musique prendra soin de vous) a toujours été sa devise…

Propos recueillis par Mathieu Perez / Photos Salvatore Corso et Brian McMillen


To read the entire interview in JAZZ HOT:
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Todd Barkan Wins Grammy as Producer of Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year!

Todd Barkan was honored and happy to win a Grammy on February 8th as Producer of the Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year for “OFFENSE OF THE DRUM” by ARTURO O’FARRILL & THE AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA (MOTEMA RECORDS) with Donald Harrison, Vijay Iyer, Edmar Castaneda,
Miguel Blanco, Jason Lindner, DJ Logic, et al.




Available on iTunes



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Keystone Korner recordings by JOAO GILBERTO and the STAN GETZ QUARTET

Very excited to be working on the final production touches to release wonderful and very important live-at-Keystone Korner recordings this year by JOAO GILBERTO and the STAN GETZ QUARTET:






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Mixing and Mastering LIFE GOES ON by Stevie Holland

Finishing the final mixes and mastering for a great new cd LIFE GOES ON by one of my favorite New York jazz singers, STEVIE HOLLAND with special guest NICHOLAS PAYTON and the phenomenal young jazz pianist RANDY INGRAM. You will be hearing this gloriously heartfelt and swinging cd on the radio!


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