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Upcoming in September & October 2013

Dearest Friends and Colleagues in Swing,

As the summer cooly crystallizes magically into hotter beats and even deeper grooves of a whole lotta swinging going down Broadway and up Eighth Avenue for some special Keystone Korner Nights at The Iridium and the extraordinary WBGO Jazz Series at 54 Below in September and October and beyond…

First, we take a little historical pause for the perspective of a couple of vintage late 1970s posters from the legendary Keystone Korner Jazz Club in North Beach in San Francisco, and note the reasonable $8.50 ticket prices ($15.00 for New Year’s Eve with a one-drink minimum with Freddie Hubbard coming in to blow us into the New Year, and Another Spring….

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And now for our continued Bright Moments in the Manhattan Metropolis that our dear Friend and Grand Master Cedar Walton used to fondly call “Fund City,” we are trying to keep the prices as reasonable and accessible as possible: $25 for Keystone Korner Nights at The Iridium and $25/$35 for the WBGO Jazz Series on Tuesday nights.

One of our favorite “house bands” was the Woody Shaw/Bobby Hutcherson Quintet, always a “journey to the unforeheard.”

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There is whole lotta swingin’ going on Broadway in September and October 2013 at our Keystone Korner Nights at The Iridium and WBGO Jazz Series at 54 Below. The creative river is still flowing, while the journey to the unforeheard continues….

  • Sunday, September 8th, 8 & 10pm at The Iridium
    Keystone Korner Nights/Todd Barkan Presents
    Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers
  • Tuesday, September 10th, 7pm
    WBGO Jazz Series at 54 Below
    Brianna Thomas Quartet
    with Marcus Printup & Ulysses Owens
  • Wednesday, September 11th, 8 & 10pm at The Iridium
    Keystone Korner Nights/Todd Barkan Presents
    Sharel Cassity with Cyrus Chestnut, Freddie Hendrix, Dezron Douglas & EJ Strickland
  • Tuesday, September 17th, 7 & 9pm
    WBGO Jazz Series at 54 Below
    Joe Locke Group with Special Guest
    Vocalist Kenny Washington
    Celebrating Release of New Motema CD “Lay Down My Heart: Ballads & Blues
  • Sunday, September 22nd, 8 & 10pm at The Iridium
    Keystone Korner Nights/ Todd Barkan Presents
    Ryan Cohan Septet
    Celebrating Release of New Motema CD “The River”
  • Tuesday, September 24th, 7 & 9pm
    WBGO Jazz Series at 54 Below
    Igor Butman & Moscow State Jazz Orchestra
    with Special Guest Vocalist Allan Harris
  • Sunday, September 29th, 8 & 10pm at The Iridium
    Keystone Korner Nights / Todd Barkan Presents
    Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours
  • Tuesday, October 1st, 7pm
    WBGO Jazz Series at 54 Below
    Celebrating Cedar Walton: David Williams, Willie Jones III & Friends
    with Javon Jackson & David Hazeltine with Special Guests
    David Williams, bass; Willie Jones III, drums; Javon Jackson, tenor saxophone; David Hazeltine, piano; plus special guests.
  • Tuesday, October 8th, 7pm
    WBGO Jazz Series at 54 Below
    Sharel Cassity Quintet With Cyrus Chestnut,
    Freddie Hendrix, Dezron Douglas &
    EJ Strickland
    Sharel Cassity, alto & soprano saxophones; Freddie Hendrix, trumpet; Cyrus Chestnut, piano; Dezron Douglas, bass; EJ Strickland, drums
  • Tuesday, October 15th, 7pm
    WBGO Jazz Series at 54 Below
    The Joy of Sax with Houston Person & Ken Peplowski
    Houston Person and Ken Peplowski, tenor saxophones; Ehud Asherie, piano; Joel Forbes, bass; Willie Jones III, drums
  • Tuesday, October 22nd, 7pm
    WBGO Jazz Series at 54 Below
    Ian Shaw & Friends: Joni Mitchell at 70
  • Tuesday, October 29th, 7pm
    WBGO Jazz Series at 54 Below
    The Cookers
    with Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart

    Billy Harper, tenor saxophone; Gary Bartz, alto saxophone; Terell Stafford, trumpet; David Weiss, trumpet; George Cables, piano; Cecil McBee, bass; Billy Hart, drums

More details about all of these events can be found on our Events page.

Take care of the music, and the music will take care of you.

Stay warm, be cool, and swing safely,
Todd Barkan

Go, Yankees!

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Upcoming Events

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We’re excited about the Keystone Korner Nights at the Iridium in the next few weeks, all sets at 8 & 10 pm (res 212.582.2121):

20130425_1Brianna Thomas Quartet with Marcus Printup, Sunday, April 21st

I first heard this phenomenal young jazz singer several years ago “after hours’ in Manhattan, and the overwhelmingly good feeling I got had the same voltage as the first times I heard Sarah Vaughan or Nina Simone. And I still get those same spine tingles.

I’ve never experienced any more deeply soulful or naturally hard-swinging young jazz singer than BRIANNA THOMAS, who will be headlining our Keystone Korner Night on SUNDAY, APRIL 2lst with extra special guest trumpeter MARCUS PRINTUP of the JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA and pianist ALLYN JOHNSON, bassist YASUSHI NAKAMURA, and drummer JOHN DAVIS.

“Brianna Thomas may well be the best straight-ahead jazz singer of her generation.”– Will Friedwald, WALL STREET JOURNAL

 

20130425_2Abe Ovadia Quartet: Celebrating John Coltrane, Sunday, April 28

Powerfully lyrical guitarist Abe Ovadia explores the inner and outer frontiers of some the most heartfully expansive music of our age with ANTHONY POCETTI, piano; MICHAEL FEINBERG, bass; and SHAREEF TAHER, drums.
http://www.abeovadia.com

 

 

20130425_3Christian Sands Trio, Wednesday, May 1st

Please also check out our favorite young jazz pianist on the planet, CHRISTIAN SANDS (one of the premier proteges of the great BILLY TAYLOR with a strong voice of his own on the piano), and his TRIO w/ MARK WHITFIELD, JR. on drums, and JOSHUA CRUMBLY on bass, on WEDNESDAY, MAY 1.

 

Plus these other extra special bright moments
in swing we will be celebrating until the end of May:

20130425_4Lou Donaldson Quartet, Friday-Sunday, May 10-12

The Legendary NEA JazzMaster and alto saxophonist supreme LOU DONALDSON brings his funky QUARTET for three Keystone Korner Nights with AKIKO TSURUGA, Hammond B-3 Organ; RANDY JOHNSTON, guitar; FUKUSHI TAINAKA, drums.

 

 

– Some burnin’ bebop: http://youtu.be/682ddza0z2I
– Lou sings the blues: http://youtu.be/VUui_YgnlyM

 

20130425_5Michael Carvin Experience, Wednesday, May 15th

One of the Giants of Jazz Drumming and one of the foremost Jazz Educators of our time, MICHAEL CARVIN, who played with fellow grandmasters BOBBY HUTCHERSON and JACKIE MCLEAN at the KEYSTONE KORNER in the 1970s, brings his powerful, swinging QUARTET, the MICHAEL CARVIN EXPERIENCE into the IRIDIUM on WEDNESDAY, MAY 15th.
MICHAEL CARVIN, drums, leader; KEITH LOFTIS, tenor saxophone; YAYOI IKAWA, piano; JANSEN CINCO, bass
http://www.michaelcarvin.com

 

20130425_6Neal Smith Quintet with Billy Pierce, Steve Nelson, Renee Rosnes, and Dezron Douglas, Sunday, May 26th

Another essential voice and artist in modern jazz drumming, the wonderful NEAL SMITH leads his ALL STAR QUINTET with vibraphonist STEVE NELSON, pianist RENEE ROSNES, tenor saxophonist BILLY PIERCE, and bassist DEZRON DOUGLAS, who come swinging into the IRIDIUM on SUNDAY, MAY 26th.
http://www.nealsmithjazz.com

 

20130425_7Marcus Strickland Quartet with Ben Williams, EJ Strickland & David Bryant, Wednesday, May 29th

One of the most essential creative forces and sources in modern jazz saxophone as a composer, jazz virtuoso, and young master saxophonist, MARCUS STRICKLAND, has quietly established himself as a major player in the music worldwide. Here he is joined by three of his main partners-in-time: bassist BEN WILLIAMS, drummer EJ STRICKLAND & pianist DAVID BRYANT.
www.marcusstrickland.com

 

Please come swing with us at the Iridium, Broadway and 51st, for Keystone Korner Nights at the Iridium, and for all the exciting music playing at this great club, and you can get advance tickets at www.ticketweb.com and very easily make reservations at 212.582.2121. Most importantly, keep dancing to the songs in your hearts. Stay warm and be cool.

Brighter moments, Todd Barkan / Keystone Korner Nights at the Iridium(51st & Broadway) http://nyti.ms/146DnJv

Take care of the music, and the music will take care of you……..

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Keystone Korner Nights presents: Brazilian Jazz All Stars/Jazz Samba & Jobim

Wednesday, March 13 to Sunday, March 17, 2013 — Sets at 8pm & 10pm

 

Brazilian Jazz All Stars/Jazz Samba & Jobim

  • Duduka da Fonseca – Drums & Musical Direction
  • Romero Lubambo – Guitar (13th – 15th)
  • Claudio Roditi – Trumpet & Flugelhorn
  • Helio Alves – Piano
  • Maucha Adnet – Voice
  • Hans Glawishnig – Bass
  • Vic Juris – Guitar (16th & 17th)

Appearing at:
The Iridium
1650 Broadway (at W51st St)
New York, NY 10019

Buy Tickets Online at www.TicketWeb.com or make reservations at +1 (212) 582-2121

Duduka is a fantastic drummer, he has worked with me and I love the way he plays.”
— Antonio Carlos Jobim, Rio de Janeiro, Spring 94

Guitarist Romero Lubambo may be the best practitioner of his craft in the world today… [his] facility, creativity and energy are in a class all their own.
— Jazziz

“‘Master musician’ is the term that comes to mind when discussing trumpeter, flugelhornist and composer Claudio Roditi
—Zan Stewart, Star-Ledger

[Alves has] subtlety, musicianship an extraordinary improvisational facility..” “…outstanding capabilities as a melodic improviser…
— Robert L. Doerschuk, DownBeat Magazine

Maucha and I have travelled the world with the Banda Nova since 1984. She is a marvellous singer. Her voice is deep, rich, mysterious. It makes me long for the Brazilian forest.
Maucha is intelligent and comes from a very musical family. She is a good girl, wonderful woman, a great artist.
Kiss from your fan,
Antonio Carlos Jobim

When the bassist (Hans Glawischnig) emerges from the shadows with his solo, it’s so well framed and bursting with color you find yourself wishing he’d ride out the track with it, though he’s smart enough not to. ‘Jahira’ is a textbook lesson in how to make so little feel like so much.
— Jeff Tamarkin, Jazztimes

Two outstanding qualities characterize Vic Juris’ playing. One is his embodiment of the jazz tradition, while always stretching his scope and reaching for new possibilities and concepts.
— Victor L. Schermer, All About Jazz

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Todd Barkan: Taking Care of The Music

WBGO’s Josh Jackson talks to impresario Todd Barkan about the Keystone Korner, a new concert series at Iridium, and a Tommy Flanagan/Jaki Byard recording – The Magic of 2 (Resonance).

Link: Todd Barkan: Taking Care of The Music

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Todd Barkan’s Keystone Korner Nights at Iridium featured in New York Times

Summoning a West Coast Spirit

by Nate Chinen. Published: 28th February, 2013 | link

Todd Barkan, who once ran Keystone Korner, the fabled San Francisco jazz club, at Iridium’s first Keystone Korner Nights show in January.  (Photo: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)

Todd Barkan, who once ran Keystone Korner, the fabled San Francisco jazz club, at Iridium’s first Keystone Korner Nights show in January. (Photo: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)

There was no outward sign of transition at the Iridium in January, as Jimmy Cobb smoothly powered an all-star band from his perch behind the drums. But the mood among the capacity crowd was both festive and knowing. Mr. Cobb and crew weren’t just remembering the great jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. They were also inaugurating Keystone Korner Nights, the Iridium’s new jazz series, booked by Todd Barkan.

Named after Keystone Korner, the fabled San Francisco club that Mr. Barkan ran from 1972 until it closed just over a decade later, the series held the promise of a reboot for the Iridium, which has been unfocused with its jazz offerings in recent years. It also signaled a new chapter for Mr. Barkan, 66, who last fall resigned as programming director for Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the in-house nightclub of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

It has all amounted to a subtle shift in the Manhattan jazz club firmament, one probably felt most acutely by the many patrons who had grown accustomed to Mr. Barkan’s garrulous bonhomie at Dizzy’s Club, since it opened in 2004 on the fifth floor of the Time Warner Center. The Iridium, hunkered beneath Ellen’s Stardust Diner, a tourist trap on Broadway at 51st Street, seemed to present another challenge for him: it’s a first-tier club that has too often embraced a spirit of brazen commercialism, which isn’t really Mr. Barkan’s style.

Read full article on NYTimes.com

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