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  1. Keystone Korner's 45th Anniversary To Be Marked July 7-8 By 3 Bay Area Shows Hosted by Former Keystone Proprietor Todd Barkan Charles McPherson, Gary Bartz, Azar Lawrence Among Those in the All-Star Lineup Set for Performances in Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, & San Francisco May 26, 2017 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 jazz scene of its day. The consistent inspiration and intensity of the classic live recordings made there continue to provide a living legacy we can all be proud of." On Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8, Barkan will host an all-star Bay Area Celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the iconic North Beach jazz club Keystone Korner in Santa Cruz (Kuumbwa Jazz Center), Half Moon Bay (Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society), and San Francisco (Pier 23 Café). Charles McPherson, Gary Bartz (pictured left), Azar Lawrence, Benito Gonzalez, Mel Martin, Denny Zeitlin, Ray Drummond, Kenneth Nash, Juini Booth, Calvin Keys, singer Kenny Washington, Akira Tana, and Atsuko Hashimoto are among the artists who will be featured during the three performances. Photographers Brian McMillen, Tom Copi, and Kathy Sloane are preparing a special Keystone Korner slide show to be enjoyed at all three venues. "Keystone Korner was a place that I really liked to play, especially because it was a real jazz club operated by a clubowner who actually loved the music," remembers the legendary saxophonist Charles McPherson (right). "It makes all the difference in the world in terms of setting the proper tone, vibe, and intimate and relaxed relationship between the musicians and the audience." McPherson worked regularly at the Keystone during its storied eleven-year run (1972-1983) and headlined its final week from July 6-11, 1983, along with the George Cables Trio. "It's all about remarkable crossings," reflects bassist Ray Drummond, who played an integral role in opening the new North Beach jazz club on July 7-8, 1972, as an anchor of the Michael White Quartet with Ed Kelly and Kenneth Nash. "I met Susan, my wife of over 44 years, there. Keystone Korner was -- much like Bradley's back in New York City -- an absolutely indispensable part of the true jazz community. All kinds of musicians from all over the world looked forward to playing there. A very magical time and place, a big part of my life in this music." As a 25-year-old piano player, Todd Barkan (left) tried in late June 1972 to get a gig at the original Keystone Korner for the Latin jazz band he was working with at the time, Kwane & The Kwan-ditos. Then-clubowner Freddy Herrera told him that "I really don't think your group will work for this room, but I am trying to sell this little joint and buy a much bigger rock venue in Berkeley. Why don't you buy this place so you can hire your own band?" Barkan recalls that "I only had a little over $8,000 to my name at that time, but, to make a long story much shorter, I wound up buying the club for $5,000 down plus $400 a month until the total of $12,500 plus interest was paid off. It cost another $750 to transfer the beer license to my name. Two major benefit concerts at the Oakland Paramount Theater later -- first with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, and Elvin Jones, then with the bands of George Benson and Grover Washington, Jr. -- and we managed to buy a hard liquor license and a little full-service kitchen with which we could well serve all ages of jazz lovers." From its humble origins as a rock 'n' blues bar serving keg beer next to a police station, Keystone Korner became a home away from home for a full spectrum of creative jazz players ranging from Bobby Hutcherson, Woody Shaw, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Randy Weston, Miles Davis, Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, George Benson, Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt, Jack DeJohnette, McCoy Tyner, Azar Lawrence, Illinois Jacquet, Betty Carter, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Pat Martino, Jimmy Smith, Eddie Harris, Joe Henderson, Mongo Santamaria, Les McCann, Grover Washington Jr., Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, Phil Woods, George Coleman, Billy Higgins, Esther Phillips, Tete Montoliu, Flora Purim & Airto, and Toots Thielemans, to Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Gary Bartz & NTU Troop, Tony Williams Lifetime, John Abercrombie, Lonnie Liston Smith, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders, Henry Threadgill, Arthur Blythe, Sun Ra, and The Art Ensemble of Chicago. "The fact that I was able to share so many bright moments with the Bay Area's jazz community is one of the most wonderful blessings of my life in this music," Barkan continues. "I could not any more deeply appreciate the generous opportunity that Tim Jackson, Barbara Douglas Richling, and Flicka McGurrin and all the participating artists are providing for me to try and share a bit more with one of the best audiences that ever graced our music." Friday, July 7, 7:00 pm, Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz 831-427-2227 Tickets: $30/35 Saturday, July 8, 2:00 pm, Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Drive, Half Moon Bay 650-726-4143 Advance: Adults $45/35, Students $25 (25 & under with ID) Door: Adults $50, Students $30 Saturday, July 8, 7:00-11:00 pm, Pier 23 Cafe On the Embarcadero at the foot of Greenwich, San Francisco 415-362-5125 No advance tickets / $10 cover charge Keystone Korner Slide Show with "Rhythm-a-ning" performed at Keystone (1976) by Dexter Gordon, Max Roach, Bobby Hutcherson, & George Cables. Interview with Todd Barkan by Sylvia Levine Leitch for JazzTimes.
  2. Bill Frisell: guitar | Thomas Morgan: double bass “It's in the more naked, completely vulnerable environs of the duo—where the need for musical trust is, perhaps, at its most crucial—that the profound chemistry shared by these two thoroughly synchronized players becomes even clearer…Frisell proves that it's possible to bring together original music, country music, jazz standards and more in an unfettered duet setting. At the end of the day, categories matters not; genres matter not; sources matter not… (He) has released an album that brings so many of his personal touchstones together while, at the same time, bringing its diverse program together into a unified whole… With Small Town, Frisell has clearly found another ideal musical foil to add to his growing cadre of musicians with whom he collaborates on a regular basis. Intimate, beautiful and deep, while at the same time knotty, witty and curiously skewed, Small Town delivers, in many ways, on the promise of In Line's five duo tracks 35 years on, with a live set that proves great music isn't just where you find it; it's everywhere.” -John Kelman,, 4 ½ stars TOUR DATES June 23 - Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Jazz Festival June 24 - Toronto, ON @ Toronto Jazz Festival June 25 – Rochester, NY @ Rochester Jazz Festival June 27 - New Haven, CT @ Firehouse 12 June 28 - Pawling, NY @ Darryl’s Place June 29 - Bay Shore, NY @ Boulton Center for the Performing Arts June 30 - Brooklyn, NY @ Roulette July 1 - Evanston, IL @ SPACE July 2 - Montreal, PQ @ Montreal Jazz Festival © 2017 ECM | ECM Records USA | 1755 Broadway, 3rd floor | New York NY 10011
  3. On this date...

    May 25, 1965 - Sonny Boy Williamson dies May 25, 1921 - Hal David born May 25, 1936 - Tom T. Hall born
  4. Happy Birthday Jim Alfredson?

    Happy Birthday Jim!
  5. Jason Miles - Kind of New 2: Blue is Paris

    I've never heard an album like this before. You will note that the press release says, "ten arrangements of producer/keyboardist's new composition." That is to say, it is one song played ten times. What it sounds like to me, just listening casually, is that the rhythm section's work is repeated ten times, supporting different instruments or vocals on each track. I like the tracks, but toward the end I start to get tired of hearing items repeated.
  6. Brett Gold New York Jazz Orchestra - Dreaming Big

    You're welcome bbr! I think it is fair to call this an unusual recording. The sound of the instruments is very smooth and relaxing, but many of the solos are somewhat "out there."
  7. Steve, I bought the DVD of that just a couple of weeks ago. It's a longtime favorite of mine. The only other movie of hers that I remember making a splash at the time was The Horizontal Lieutenant with Jim Hutton. I like that one as well.
  8. Lon, that's good to know. So that another Universal label I hadn't heard about. Thanks!
  9. Take a look at this. Is Timeless now in the bootleg business? One reviewer calls this a limited edition Korean product. Legit? What do you think? Blue Note Jazz (box)
  10. On this date...

    May 23, 1966 - The Beatles release Paperback Writer May 23, 1969 - The Who release Tommy May 23, 1910 - Artie Shaw born May 23, 1920 - Helen O'Connell born May 23, 1921 - Humphrey Lyttelton born May 23, 1928 - Rosemary Clooney born May 23, 1974 - Jewel born May 23, 1994 - Joe Pass dies
  11. Steve, what was the Paula Prentiss film you were referring to?
  12. Roger Moore 1927 - 2017 R.I.P

    In 1980, the UHF station in Pittsburgh showed Maverick every weekday night. This was the first time I had the opportunity to see it as an adult, and I was surprised to find that I thought he was very good as Beau Maverick. In 1960, a Seattle TV station showed his syndicated Ivanhoe show every Friday night at 6:00 pm, and I never missed it! I remember that it was sponsored by Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat. A couple of years ago I read his autobiography My Word is My Bond, which I can recommend. RIP Roger Moore!
  13. 2017 #CFL hot stove league

    After 28 years, Carm Carteri is out as the Riders' radio analyst. He will be replaced by Luc Mullinder.
  14. 1st Annual LuluFest In Austin, Texas To Be Presented Saturday, June 3 By Ritenuto Foundations, Inc. In Collaboration with The St. Edward's University Music Department & Festival Founder/Artistic Director Peggy Stern Women Bandleaders, Including Helen Sung, Ingrid Jensen, Albanie Falletta, Susanna Sharpe, & Peggy Stern, Are the Focus of LuluFest May 22, 2017 Pianist/composer Peggy Stern is passionate about creating opportunities for women bandleaders to present their music. In 2004, she founded the Wall Street Jazz Festival, which was held for 12 consecutive years in Kingston, New York, for exactly that purpose. After relocating to Austin, Texas in the spring of 2013, Stern was inspired to continue the festival's concept in Austin's forward-thinking community. Her new brainchild, the first annual LuluFest, is a women-led band festival that will premiere on Saturday, June 3, with concerts from 5 to 10pm and workshops scheduled throughout the day. The festival, presented by Ritenuto Foundation, Inc., in collaboration with the St. Edward's University Music Department and founder/artistic director Peggy Stern, will feature a broad spectrum of music -- from jazz to Western swing to Latin and Brazilian. The concert series will be held on Saturday, June 3, from 5:00 to 10:00 pm, at the Jones Auditorium in the Ragsdale Center at St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Avenue, Austin. The focus of LuluFest will be women bandleaders, both seasoned and up-and-coming, who have committed their lives to music. "These festivals are my attempt to even things out, between men and women bandleaders," says Stern. "Obviously we have a long way to go, but having women in charge of the music they are presenting helps to change the tone of the jazz culture, for future (and present) composers and leaders." The evening concert schedule is as follows: 5pm: Albanie Falletta Trio, featuring Masumi Jones 6pm: Susanna Sharpe Brazilian Quartet 7pm: Ingrid Jensen Quartet 8pm: Helen Sung Trio 9pm: Estrella Salsa, featuring Peggy Stern, Suzi Stern (no relation), Joey Colarusso, Ingrid Jensen, Daniel Durham, Mike Longoria Daytime workshops will be instrument specific: Piano (Helen Sung); Trumpet (Ingrid Jensen); Vocals (Suzi Stern); Drums (Masumi Jones). From 12 to 1:30pm, the workshops will take place in St. Edward's University's Carriage House, and from 2 to 3:30pm, a master class will be held in the Jones Auditorium. Workshop passes can be bought separately at $30 for adults and $15 for students, or interested musicians can buy a festival pass for $50 that grant access to both the workshops and concerts. More information about the artists, the concept of the Festival, and fees and directions can be found at This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Pianist/composer and native Philadelphian Peggy Stern lived, worked, and taught in New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Seattle, and toured widely throughout Europe, the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan, before relocating to Austin in 2013. Her music has a particularly broad ethnic base -- in addition to European and American classical music, it draws from Brazilian, African, Jewish, Irish, Cuban, and traditional jazz influences. Joining the vibrant music scene in her new home city, she intends to create a new (for her) musical genre, which she calls Cowboy Jazz. Peggy has recorded and/or toured with such musicians as Lee Konitz, Diane Schuur, David "Fathead" Newman, Gary Peacock, Gene Bertoncini, Bud Shank, Thomas Chapin, Machito, Gerry Mulligan, and Emily Remler, to name a few. Among the many women bandleaders whom she booked to appear at her Wall Street Jazz Festival were Sheila Jordan, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Jay Clayton, Dena DeRose, Su Terry, Claire Daly, Jamie Baum, Teri Roiger, Roberta Piket, Virginia Mayhew, Laura Dubin, Sheryl Bailey, Allison Miller, Marilyn Crispell, Jenny Scheinman, Natalie Cressman, and her own Estrella Salsa. Peggy Stern's most recent recording is Z Octet (2016, Estrella Productions). "It has been 16 years since Peggy Stern last applied her piano, composing and arranging talents to a mid-sized ensemble. Z Octet was worth waiting for . . . . Stern's writing weaves piano, clarinet, cello, trombone, flute, bass and drums into rich and often surprising textures. . . . The CD ends with an unlisted bonus track that makes enchanting use of cello, trombone and flute. The whole album is a bonus." -- Doug Ramsey, Rifftides "This is Duke Ellington's brilliance, Maria Schneider's local color, and Miles Davis' diamond hard seriousness all melded and tempered by a singular mind and talent into a cogent and familiar musical statement." -- C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz "Peggy Stern has taken from her experiences playing in the bands of Eddie Henderson, Machito and Lee Konitz to weave a very special tapestry of indefinable music that bobs and weaves like a boxer named Ali." -- Mike Greenblatt, Classicalite "This is music possessed of great explosions, bristling rhythms, dynamic contrasts starkly illuminated, and with unrelenting dramatic thrust. It is a record to die for." -- Raul da Gama, Jazz da Gama Photography: Brenda Ladd Web Sites:,
  15. Frank Sinatra - The Box Set Series - $10.22 prime or $5.25 + 3.99