Todd Barkan on Booking The Keystone Korner
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IN 1972, TODD BARKAN BOUGHT THE KEYSTONE KORNER—A BLUESY ROCK CLUB IN SAN FRANCISCO. AT JUST 25-YEARS-OLD, HE TURNED THE BAR INTO A WEST COAST JAZZ MECCA—FAMOUS FOR BEING EXPERIMENTAL AND OPEN TO ALL.
TODD BARKAN [ADD?]
Todd Barkan: I felt very fortunate to have adventuresome booking policies where we could have the Dexter Gordon Quartet and the Bobby Hutcherson Quintet and the Max Roach Quartet. And then, I could just put up on the marquis, “Max, Dex, Hutch,” and, you know, I had three bands playing nonstop from 8:00 at night until 2:00 in the morning. Or, if I wanted to put Earl “Fatha” Hines with Oregon, I could do that, and I had two totally different audiences coming together, and it worked out remarkably well.
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It was a real blessing to use the Keystone Korner kind of as an open canvas to paint many pictures and create many kinds of interesting combinations.