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Keystone Korner presents: Pete Levin – “Iridium Live CD Release”

In a diverse music career spanning several decades, keyboardist/arranger Pete Levin has performed and recorded with hundreds of Jazz and Pop artists, receiving critical accolades for his work during a 15 year association with the legendary Gil Evans, and his 8 year stint with jazz icon Jimmy Giuffre.  Says Levin,

“What I got from Gil was the unshakable notion that playing music was to create from a place where there are no boundaries. If it can be imagined then it can be done.”

In April 2012 – Gil’s centennial year – a night at The Iridium became a spontaneous celebration as 3 horn players sat in with Pete’s organ trio. With a stage-full of Gil Evans alumni, the set list was discarded in favor of pieces remembered from Gil’s book, played in the dynamic, freewheeling spirit of the Gil Evans Orchestra of the 80’s.  The just-released recording from that night is being reprised on February 27th, 2013.


Wednesday, February 27th

Keystone Korner presents: Pete Levin — “Iridium Live CD Release”
Gil Evans Orchestra alumni celebrating Gil Evans.


  • Pete Levin — organ
  • Lew Soloff — trumpet
  • Alex Foster — sax
  • Howard Johnson — baritone sax
  • John Clark — french horn
  • Dave Stryker — guitar
  • Lenny White — drums

Sets: 8pm & 10pm
$30 music charge

@ The Iridium
1650 Broadway (at 51st St)
New York, NY
212 582 2121
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Jazz Impresario Todd Barkan Confirms Winter Lineup for New Keystone Korner Series at the Iridium

After launching with a sold-out tribute to Wes Montgomery in January, jazz impresario Todd Barkan has assembled a stellar and eclectic winter lineup for his new series, Todd Barkan Presents Keystone Korner Nights at The Iridium. Barkan, one of the world’s most celebrated jazz concert and record producers, will present 100 shows at The Iridium in 2013 based on the adventurous spirit of his legendary San Francisco jazz club Keystone Korner, site of countless historic recordings by artists including Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Grover Washington, Jr., and Bill Evans among others. Check out a clip from opening night here, and see below for upcoming shows in the new series:

  • February 17 – The powerhouse quartet of Dezron Douglas, Cyrus Chestnut, Neal Smith, and Sean Jones (along with some very special guests) present a high energy night of Keystone swing.
  • February 20 – The O’Farrill Family Band featuring Arturo O’Farrill, Adam O’Farrill, Zack O’Farrill, Livio Almeida & Boris Kozlov celebrate the Zoho Records launch of their new album, ‘Sensing Flight.’
  • February 25 – Iridium favorite Bucky Pizzarelli presents a night of guitar acrobatics with the Bucky Pizzarelli All Stars.
  • February 27Pete Levin returns with his quintet, featuring Lew Soloff, Howard Johnson, Lenny White, & John Clark, to mark the release of his new live album recorded at the club last year and released on the venue’s own audiophile label, IridiumLive.
  • March 1-3 – The Nicholas Payton XXX with Lenny White and Vicente Archer hit The Iridium to celebrate the release of their new album.
  • March 13-16Brazilian Jazz All-Stars – Jazz Samba & Jobim: Hear the joyous and deeply lyrical sound of Jazz Samba by some of the premier Brazilian jazz players in the world, including Romero Lubambo, Claudio Roditi, Duduka DaFonseca, Helio Alves, Maucha Adnet, and Hans Glawischnig.
  • March 17 – The internationally renowned Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, the number one Cuban jazz drummer in the world, takes his high-intensity Latin jazz excursions into uncharted territory with the Italuba Quartet.
  • April 3Sherrie Maricle & The Diva Jazz Orchestra, the phenomenal and hard-swinging all-women jazz big band, kick off their 30th Anniversary with an explosive night at the Iridium.

Stay tuned for more info and additional shows in the series.

The Iridium
1650 Broadway (51st)
New York, NY

For a complete calendar of events at the Iridium, visit:

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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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Keystone Korner International LLC

Todd BarkanAfter 12 inspiring and very productive years at Jazz at Lincoln Center, I have opened up a brand new exciting chapter in 50+ years of journey to the unforeheard: Keystone Korner International LLC, dedicated to expanding new audiences for great jazz adventures on a regular basis all over the world….

Hope you are all safe and sound after the storm, and after the election. Prayers for the still suffering and stranded.

As we count our blessings after the rain, I realize just how great an honor and privilege it has been to work full time for Jazz at Lincoln Center for the past twelve years, and I look forward to contributing in any way I can to JALC in the years to come, as well as continuing to serve this music we all love so much with the fullest emotional courage of my heart and soul.

I’m proud to have played an important and essential role in helping to make Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola both the most respected jazz club in New York City and a great success beloved all over the world.

We’re all inspired by the fact that Jazz at Lincoln Center will continue its phenomenal artistic advocacy and its very solid and growing global success in many extraordinary ways for a very long time to come, and I’m excited to be entering a new productive chapter in my 50+ years of service to jazz and the full spectrum of its musicians and audiences.

Keystone Korner International will be dedicated to growing the audiences for great jazz groups and virtuosos worldwide.

Take care of the music, and the music will take care of you…
All my love, respect, and gratitude, always.

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NYU Steinhardt/Blue Note Jazz Series: Todd Barkan in Conversation with Dave Schroeder

Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz ClubFrom the Barnes & Noble event page:

“Author Discussion
For over 40 years, Todd Barkan has distinguished himself as one of the world’s outstanding jazz concert and record producers. He joins our host Dave Schroeder as part of our ongoing Jazz Series.”

This event takes place on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 4pm.

Barnes & Noble
86th & Lexington Ave
150 East 86th Street
New York, NY 10028
Tel: 212-369-2180

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