Todd Barkan

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  • Fine Arts

  • New York City, NY

Born in a home full of jazz, the voices of the masters captivated Todd’s imagination as a small child, and encouraged him to pursue music. Todd was deeply immersed as a child, learning piano and starting jazz lessons at age 6. A self-described “jazz fanatic” by the time he was 8, listening to the jazz masters shaped the course of Todd’s life. From 1972-1983, Todd owned and ran the Keystone Korner, one of the “the finest jazz clubs in the Bay area.” Barkan is known for his catchphrase, “Take care of the music and the music will take care of you.” After owning the Keystone Korner for 10 years, Barkan moved to New York City, where he produced hundreds of records, became the director of programming for Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and continued to promote live jazz. In 2018, the National Endowment for the Arts honored Barkan for his lifelong contributions to jazz. The NEA Jazz Master fellowship is the nation’s highest honor for jazz musicians.