Category Archives: Todd Barkan

“We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told”

We Knew What We Had The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told
I am very proud and happy to be introducing and sharing a magical Pittsburgh Jazz Documentary, “We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told,” at a free-admission Listening Party at the Varis Leichtman Studio at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Friday, February 8th, beginning at 7 pm. The film explores the unique cultural streams that came together in the 1800s and 1900s to create the special Pittsburgh community that nurtured so many iconic jazz innovators such as Earl Fatha Hines, Mary Lou Williams, Ray Brown, Billy Strayhorn, Ahmad Jamal, Billy Eckstine, Roy Eldridge, Kenny Clarke, Erroll Garner, Art Blakey, Roy Eldridge, George Benson, and Stanley Turrentine.

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MY MOOD IS YOU on HighNote Records has been nominated for a Grammy as BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM

Freddy Cole My Mood Is You
Freddy Cole and I are very excited that the 20th Album we have worked on together, MY MOOD IS YOU on HighNote Records has been nominated for a Grammy as BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM. The Grammy Ceremonies are coming up this Sunday, February 10, at 8 pm:

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Todd Barkan Wins 2018 Telly Award

The Telly Awards 2018

Todd Barkan has won a 2018 TELLY AWARD at the 39th Annual Telly Awards “Honoring Excellence In Video and Television Across All Screens” for helping to curate the music for the outstanding Pittsburgh Jazz Documentary “We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told,” which has been very widely shown nationally on PBS this year.

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With My Heroes

Jazz House Kids Workshop
Todd Barkan is very proud and happy to be on the same faculty with two of my all-time heroes, grandmaster drummer/educators Billy Hart and Alvester Garnett, for the JAZZ HOUSE KIDS SUMMER WORKSHOP at Montclair State University for the first 2 weeks of August.

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“My Jazz Life” — Todd Barkan talks about his career on Sirius XM Real Jazz Channel 67 on Thursday, April 12th

There will be a special “My Jazz Life,” 3-hour broadcast on Sirius XM Real Jazz Channel 67 on Thursday, April 12th by Todd Barkan talking about his career in our music and playing cds he has produced in his 54-year career stretching from the Keystone Korner through Jazz at Lincoln Center to recently being named as a 2018 NEA Jazz Master along with Dianne Reeves, Pat Metheny, and Joanne Brackeen.

Todd Barkan’s “My Jazz Life” broadcast on Sirius/XM Real Jazz will be aired twice: from 3-6 pm on Thursday afternoon, April 12th, and then re-broadcast from midnight to 3 am on Monday morning, April 13th.

2018 NEA Jazz Masters Todd Barkan, Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, and Dianne Reeves will all be featured in an All Star NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert, on Monday, April 16th, beginning at 8 pm at the Kennedy Center, featuring performances by Eddie Palmieri, Christian McBride, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Angelique Kidjo, Helen Sung, Terri Lyne Carrington, Antonio Sanchez, Pasquale Grasso, Sullivan Fortner, Dan Wilson and many others.

This concert will be live-streamed from Kennedy Center via
www.arts.gov and broadcast by WBGO and Sirius/XM Real Jazz.

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