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Keystone Korner Baltimore Grand Opening on April 30th

The Keystone Korner Baltimore at 1350 Lancaster Street in Harbor East in Baltimore will have its Grand Opening on International Jazz Day, Tuesday, April 30th, 2019, with the Ron Carter Trio with Russell Malone and Donald Vega. Showtimes at 7 & 9 pm, and we are are happy and proud to share with you a preview of our Grand Opening Poster being published next week.

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Looking forward to seeing you there soon, Todd Barkan

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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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New book of memoirs about both Keystone Korner


Working very hard to finish my new book of memoirs about both Keystone Korner and my first 50 years trying to make the world safer for bebop, including 12 innovative years at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and as the producer of 800 jazz recordings for companies in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. while presenting the music we all love all over the world since 1964.




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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.



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:
– Lou sings the blues:


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


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.


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.


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 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)

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

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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.

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