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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; Pap/Com edition (November 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253356911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253356918
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"From the antics of the photo-laden backroom to the underground hype of Ora Harris' Keystone Kitchen, Sloane and fellow editor Sascha Feinstein leave no stone unturned. They examine the backstories of some of Keystone's most lovable characters... [Keystone Korner] is a delightful sensory overload definitive of the Keystone experience." —Downbeat



"…[A] compelling book of photographs and oral-history interviews by Kathy Sloane...paints a vivid picture of the club and its social context in the post-hippie landscape of the Bay Area. What’s captured best in the recollections, and in Ms. Sloane’s atmospheric black-and-white photographs, is the warmth and informality of the place." —New York Times



"... a welcome and much-needed addition to the documentation of jazz in America." —Hank O'Neal, record producer, photographer, and author of The Ghosts of Harlem, among many other books



"[T]his fantastic book... chronicles the incredible years of Todd [Barkan's] ownership and management of the infamous Keystone Korner jazz club, dating from the early '70's to the early '80's, in San Francisco." —robertaonthearts.com/Jazz and CabaretCorner



"Keystone Korner is terrific as a window into a legendary jazz club in addition to serving as a coffee table book. It is a fabulos book that jazz lovers will treasure to enjoy the photographs and the story of a fabled room." —In a Blue Mood



"Kathy Sloane uses her photography in a way that brings people together rather than as an end in itself. That’s unique among photographers and might be her special gift. People trust their spirits with her and thus they allow her to see their beauty. She makes a record of that beauty in her photographs. That to me is holy work." —Julius Lester, author and photographer



"Kathy Sloane's oral and pictorial history... is a treasure." —SF Weekly



"Jazz these days is different. The close-knit sense of community between the players and audience is rare, but Kathy Sloane's photographs preserve the spirit of Keystone." —



"Oakland photographer Kathy Sloane has written a splendid history of the club, featuring interviews and more than 100 photographs of artists.... Keystone Korner closed in 1983, but Sloane's book re-creates it in vibrant detail." —Mercury News



"This book, on the basis of the text alone, merits a spot on the shelf alongside the classic oral jazz histories of Nat Hentoff and Studs Terkel." —All About Jazz



"Keystone Korner was the quintessential jazz club. With the down-home feeling of your favorite neighborhood watering hole and with the special spark of international artistic charisma that a knowledgeable jazz audience brings to any environment, the Keystone was a happy home to people of all persuasions." —Wynton Marsalis



"Like the Keystone Korner itself, Sloane's book is a labor of love and a testament to a memorable time and place. If you were lucky enough to have been there, you can relive it; if you missed it, you can go back in time and live in the heart, art and soul of a San Francisco institution that epitomized the music and feeling of jazz." —newbooksinjazz.com



"The book is a kaleidoscope of verbal and pictorial images by an articulate group of jazz players, club employees, and some who merely hung out for the listening.... Its raison d’etre is largely dependent on [Kathy Sloane's] striking images." —Duncan Schiedt, author, jazz historian, and photographer



"The intersection of Sloane's presence and the Keystone's reputation as a venue for both premier and up-and-coming musicians resulted in an extraordinary photographic record of many of jazz's leading lights in action." —Library Journal



"Open Kathy Sloane's new book, Keystone Korner, and you can smell the cigarette smoke. Put on the accompanying CD, and you can hear Bill Evans or Stan Getz playing this cramped room in North Beach 30 or 40 years ago." —San Francisco Chronicle



"The great success of Keystone Korner comes from the relationships between the waiters and bartenders, the musicians, the people who visit the club, the owners, and the managers. That success is evidenced by the intimate photographs and the memories captured in this book. In looking at these strikingly imaginative framed portraits, I can only imagine the sounds, the lighting and the emotions of the time. The text reads like ambient sound, which I believe makes this such a remarkable project." —Deborah Willis, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts



"A truly unique record of a unique jazz venue, in images and words. Kathy Sloane captures her subjects at just the right moment, her insights human as well as visual, illuminating the frank and vivid recollections of performers, staffers and patrons. Listen to the music as you view and read, and it's almost like being there, at one of the greatest jazz nightclubs there ever was." —Dan Morgenstern, author of Living With Jazz



"An essential read for anyone who's ever stepped foot in a jazz club." —Jazzwise Magazine



"Kathy Sloane’s book beautifully captures an important period in time reflecting local, and national cultural history. These images and interviews in Keystone Korner reflect a creative environment, and a rich musical heritage that might have been lost if not for Sloane’s passion and vision." —Lewis Watts, author of Harlem of the West

About the Author

Kathy Sloane has been a freelance photographer for 35 years and has exhibited her jazz images in San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles. In New York, she exhibited together with bassist/photographer Milt Hinton. A portfolio of her work was featured in Jazz Times, and five of her images appeared in Ken Burns's PBS miniseries, Jazz.


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Together, the photos and the interviews/recollections paint a good inside picture of the Keystone's era.
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For those who were fortunate enough to experience the Keystone's bright moments, this book will bring back lots of great memories.
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They were all well aware of the financial hurdles Todd Barkan was up against just to keep the club going.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 7, 2012
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Large (81/2" X 10") soft cover with an accompanying 71 minute CD. Artists featured on the disc are-Rahsaan Roland Kirk, McCoy Tyner, Woody Shaw, Dexter Gordon, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Cedar Walton, and Art Blakey. All the tracks have been previously issued, but if you're new to, or want to hear some fine jazz by these artists, the CD will be an eye-opener. All the tracks are well recorded-like the respective albums by these artists. The many (good quality) b&w photographs add depth and feeling to the text. Also included is a Discography of artists recorded at the club-very helpful for those new to all this, or fans wanting to hear more.

"the number one jazz club in the world today"-Stan Getz.
"God, the music was fantastic. The sound was great, the vibe was great, the music was live."-George Cables.
"you could sleep all night in the back of the office there."-Dave Liebman.

This good, unassuming book by Kathy Sloane-who photographed and interviewed the many people in the book-is an inside, fond look at one of the best jazz clubs on the West Coast, and possibly in the U.S. Sloane has interviewed a wide spectrum of folks-from many musicians, to writers, waitresses, the soundman, and record/jazz industry people. Included are musicians Eddie Henderson, Carl Burnett, Dave Liebman, Calvin Keys, Eddie Marshall, George Cables, Ronnie Mathews, and others. There's also insights by well known jazz producer Orrin Keepnews, and others with good insight/recollections of the club and it's people-both on and off stage. Together, the photos and the interviews/recollections paint a good inside picture of the Keystone's era.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Romero on April 14, 2012
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As a student of jazz at Cuesta College in 1976 I was member of the famous Cuesta Jazz Band under the direction of Warren Balfour. I applied for acceptance to Cal State Fullerton when at the time was home to some ten stage and jazz ensembles with many teaching pros on staff. A legitimate music school in it's own right in California no less. I also applied at San Francisco State University school of music which was primarily a piano/voice music department with little to no instrumental program. I choose the latter only because my brother offered to share his apartment in San Francisco with me, and he worked at the Keystone Korner in North Beach. Mark was jack of all trades at the club as were many who worked there but his main function was recording engineer in the booth each night. Many of the performers knew about what was going on each night but chose not to take issue with it. They were all well aware of the financial hurdles Todd Barkan was up against just to keep the club going. I spent many a night in the booth with Mark in absolute utopia listening to show after show of the world's greatest music and seeing it captured on primitive technology by today's standards. Those nights at the Keystone were magical in every way. It's nice to know that Kathy Sloane had the where with all to preserve this moment in jazz history. It was truly a moment in time that will never come again and to see it all again in "Portrait of a Jazz Club" is truly amazing. Mark passed away on March 18th 2012 after spending ten years on the road with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers as road manager. When Keystone Korner closed in the early 80s he departed to New York with Todd Barkan who became a jazz promoter for Jazz a Lincoln Center and Dizzy's in New York City.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DMT on December 8, 2011
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Some of the happiest times of my life were spent listening to music in the Keystone Korner. This book offers glimpses (written and photographic) of what went on behind the scenes there. While the photos bring back good memories, the quality of the photos is not very high. But the book is not expensive so one cannot expect art quality reproductions. A CD of music recorded at the club is included with the book so in fact the package is really inexpensive for all that you get. I feel real lucky to have been living in San Francisco in those day and to have the Keystone providing all that great music. This book is a great memento from those times.
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Through Kathy Sloan'es eyes and the musician's own words (as well as others who were central to the experience) we are able to enter the world of this legendary and now shuttered jazz club. Jazz is as much an experience as it is a musical art form, and fortunately Sloane was there and right in the middle of it all so that the history and resonance of those magical and intimate moments is not lost, but forever preserved between the pages of this great book.

This book is a valuable addition to the library of anyone who is passionately interested in America's greatest art form.
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For those who were fortunate enough to experience the Keystone's bright moments, this book will bring back lots of great memories. For those who love jazz, this book is full of jazz thoughts from our most creative artists as well as wonderful photos.
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