Thursday, August 28, 2014

Todd Barkan Selected to Lead Music Programming at Arts Garage - The WORLD is coming to Delray Beach...

The Creative City Collaborative Welcomes Todd Barkan,
 Former Artistic Administrator 
Jazz at Lincoln Center, as New Programming Director of Arts Garage
Legendary Jazz Promoter to Bring World-Class Performers
to Arts Garage and Pompano Beach
The Creative City Collaborative is thrilled to announce that Todd Barkan will be the new Programming Director for Arts Garage and special series and festivals in Pompano Beach. Barkan is one the most respected talents in the jazz world and has served as both the Artistic Administrator at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Programming Director of Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. His storied career has made him a legend in the business and the Wall Street Journal says, “He’s a jazz-world celebrity—one whose fame is largely based on making other people famous.” Barkan has already begun booking internationally renowned jazz artists at Arts Garage beginning in September with British sensation Polly Gibbons, who is making her North American debut. For more information,
“We pride ourselves on attracting top talent both on stage and off.  The addition of Todd Barkan solidifies this vision on both of these fronts,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of the Creative City Collaborative. “Todd brings decades of enormous experience to the CCC.  We are confident that his involvement will intensify the transformation of the South Florida arts scene and make this region a top cultural destination.”
“I can think of no better way to be celebrating my 50th year of presenting world class music than by joining the wonderful, hardworking team at Creative City Collaborative as the new Programming Director of Arts Garage, where I will be also be working on special events and festivals in Pompano Beach,” said Barkan. “I feel very honored and blessed in becoming a member of such a wonderful artistic family, and look forward to many years of very creatively productive work that will benefit the communities we serve in countless positive and uplifting ways.”
Known for his quote, ”Take care of the music, and the music will take care of you,” the Ohio native’s first jazz concerts were with luminaries such as The Modern Jazz Quartet, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis. Barkan, a professional pianist, was also a savvy entrepreneur, parlaying his only $8000 into ownership of San Francisco’s Keystone Korner. Here, he developed the club into one of the most important jazz presenters in the world from 1972-1983, offering constantly innovative and creative programming during the entire run.
During that span, he also began actively producing jazz recordings, managing and booking artists, and programming all the artists at Keystone Korner and for European and Asian jazz festivals.  Artists as diverse as Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Jimmy Witherspoon, Stan Getz, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Mary Lou Williams, Dexter Gordon, and George Benson called the Keystone Korner, “the best jazz club in the world.”  
From 1990-1994, Barkan established and programmed the Keystone Korner Tokyo in Japan, and continued a very busy production schedule for Fantasy/Milestone and several Japanese companies.
“I feel very fortunate to have produced over 800 recordings, which have been acknowledged with multiple Grammy awards in the U.S. and Gold Disc Records in Japan,” noted Barkan, who has produced for artists including Grover Washington, Jr., Freddy Cole, Tommy Flanagan, Chico O’Farrill, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, Jimmy Scott, and Bebo Valdes.
After serving as President/Artistic Director of 32 Records in New York City through 2000, Barkan was tapped by Wynton Marsalis to become the Artistic Administrator at Jazz at Lincoln Center in January 2001, and from 2004-20012 served as Programming Director of Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, where he facilitated DCCC artistic programming, publicity, and promotion to help build the club into a successful magnet for jazz fans from all over the world.
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