Todd Barkan on Meeting Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Todd Barkan: I met Rahsaan Roland Kirk when I was on a bus in Columbus, Ohio. I was nine years old.
Todd Barkan: I used to spend hundreds of hours with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, going to record stores and reading the liner notes for albums … from the time I met him until the time that he passed away in 1977.
We would spend a whole day just listening to alto saxophone players. Then we would spend another day listening to tenor saxophone players. Then to stride piano players. He just said, “Let’s listen to this; let’s listen to that.” I mean, to have that kind of guidance as a young person, and he became like a mentor to me.