NEA Jazz Master Todd Barkan and Michelin-starred chef Robert
Wiedmaier have joined forces to relaunch Keystone Korner, the
legendary San Francisco (and later) Tokyo club that set the
standard for jazz performance in the '70s, '80s, and '90s.
The impresario, a NEA Jazz Master and the former programming
director of Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and
the chef, proprietor of 11 restaurants in Washington, D.C.,
Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey, will be bringing together
world-class music and top-flight cuisine in Baltimore's booming
The venture marks the first large-scale jazz club in the region
since the demise of the beloved Ethel's Place and Blues Alley
Baltimore in the late '80s.
Keystone Korner Baltimore will officially open on April 30, to
coincide with International Jazz Day, with three nights of
performances by the Ron Carter Trio featuring Russell Malone and
Donald Vega. The former Miles Davis bassist will be celebrating his
82nd birthday at the club.
Over the coming months, the venue will also host some of jazz's
most recognized and important artists, including Kenny Garrett,
Duduka Da Fonseca, Joey DeFrancesco, The Cookers, Sean Jones, Kenny
Barron, Steve Turre, Rene Marie, Gary Bartz, Monty Alexander,
Christian McBride, and more.