Monthly Archives: March 2013

Introducing the 54 Below WBGO Jazz Series

Please come and swing with us as we begin an exciting new jazz series on Tuesday, April 2nd, at 54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, just west of Broadway, at 7 pm & 9 pm.  This is a very beautiful and great sounding venue for our music, and I am deeply honored and proud to be hosting and curating this 54 Below WBGO Jazz Series.

The telephone number for reservations is (646) 476-3551 and advance tickets can be secured at &

We look forward to seeing you there on Tuesday where the music and the environment groove together.  Please check our lineup below, and also stay tuned for a lot more bright moments to come!

–Todd Barkan


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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 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.

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