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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2018: The Year in Jazz

Read "2018: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

Meet Nora Sheehan Schaaf

Read "Meet Nora Sheehan Schaaf" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

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Nora Sheehan Schaaf, along with her husband, Homer, has been going out to hear live jazz ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Kuumbwa And The Magic of Monday Night

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Monday nights, otherwise a down time for many music venues, have been magic for the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in jny: Santa Cruz, CA. Kuumbwa's most prominent shows occur, oddly, on off-calendar Monday nights or midweek, featuring headliners before or after their engagements nearby in jny: San Francisco and jny: Oakland and who are touring up or ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Keystone Korner 45th Anniversary Celebration

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Keystone Korner 45th Anniversary Celebration
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
Half Moon Bay, CA
July 7-8, 2017

Fabled jazz venue Keystone Korner commemorated its 45th year anniversary in spectacular style during the first week of July 2017. Producer Todd Barkan not only assembled a superb cast of original Keystone stalwarts and young ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2018 Class of NEA Jazz Masters

National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2018 Class of NEA Jazz Masters

Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, Dianne Reeves, and Todd Barkan now join the ranks of the nation’s highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters. The 2018 NEA Jazz Master recipients were announced this evening at a DC Jazz Festival concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, where Metheny also ...

To Commemorate Keystone Korner's 45th Anniversary, Producer Todd Barkan Hosts 3 All-star Bay Area Shows July 7-8

To Commemorate Keystone Korner's 45th Anniversary, Producer Todd Barkan Hosts 3 All-star Bay Area Shows July 7-8

The great pianist/composer Mary Lou Williams referred to Keystone Korner as “the Birdland of the Seventies.” Art Blakey, Miles Davis, and Stan Getz all agreed that Keystone Korner was “the best jazz club in the world.” Producer and former Keystone proprietor Todd Barkan feels strongly that “the club most definitely had a transformational effect on the ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Joey DeFrancesco at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

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As the New York August heat blazed onto the streets on Saturday night (August 13th), Joey DeFrancesco and his trio rocketed into Dizzy's with their own burning repertoire. The B-3 wizard played four selections from his new HighNote CD Trip Mode and had an audience which included Bill Charlap, Paquito D'Rivera, and Todd Barkan roaring with ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ RACONTEURS

Todd Barkan: Early days of Keystone Korner

Read "Todd Barkan: Early days of Keystone Korner" reviewed by Todd Barkan

In the summer of 1972, at the age of 25, I was working by day as a Customs Broker for the venerable jny: San Francisco firm of Hoyt, Shepston & Sciaroni, and by night as a jazz pianist and arranger for an Afro Cuban jazz band called Kwane and the Kwandito's, which played a lot of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Red Garland: Swingin’ on the Korner: Live at Keystone Korner

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It's often been written about many (sometimes less deserving) artists, but in his case it's genuinely true: Pianist Red Garland played on too many classic jazz albums--especially in bop quintets led by Miles Davis and John Coltrane--to fully count. Swingin' on the Korner, a 1977 trio date with bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Philly Joe Jones ...