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Keystone Korner : portrait of a jazz club /
photographs and interviews by Kathy Sloane ; edited by Sascha Feinstein and Kathy Sloane.
imprint
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2012.
description
xxxvi, 221 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 34 in.)
ISBN
0253356911 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780253356918 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2012.
isbn
0253356911 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780253356918 (pbk. : alk. paper)
general note
For disc notes and contents, see p. 217-221.
Includes compact disc.
Includes discography (p. 215-216).
local note
Music Library: Accompanying compact disc available at Circulation Desk.
catalogue key
8236754
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2011-11-01:
Give us a visual understanding of jazz-Cawthra from the 1930s through the 1960s and Sloane through the 1970s. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
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...[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.
"...[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
An essential read for anyone who's ever stepped foot in a jazz club.
"An essential read for anyone who's ever stepped foot in a jazz club." -Jazzwise Magazine
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.
"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
"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, Director, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University, Author, Living With Jazz
... a welcome and much-needed addition to the documentation of jazz in America.
"... 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
"...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
"...a welcome and much-needed addition to the documentation of jazz in America." -- Nat Hentoff, record producer, photographer, and author of The Ghosts of Harlem, among many other books
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.
"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
"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
"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." -
"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." -kalwnews.org
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.
"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
"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, University of California Santa Cruz, Harlem of the West
Kathy Sloane's oral and pictorial history... is a treasure.
"Kathy Sloane's oral and pictorial history... is a treasure." -- SF Weekly
"Kathy Sloane's oral and pictorial history... is a treasure." -SF Weekly
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.
"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 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
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.
"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
"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." -inabluemood.blogspot.com
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.
"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. Musicians loved playing there.... The Keystone was one of those rare places enjoyed by angels and demons alike. What more could you ask for? I loved it and miss it." -- Wynton Marsalis, Musician
"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
"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, Musician
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.
"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
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.
"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
"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." -mercurynews.com
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.
"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
"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 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.
"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 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 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.
"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
"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
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.
"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
"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." -- libraryjournal.com
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.
"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
"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." -allaboutjazz.com
[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.
"[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
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During the 1970s, when jazz clubs all over America were folding under the onslaught of rock and roll and disco, San Francisco's Keystone Korner was an oasis for jazz musicians and patrons. Tucked next to a police station in the city's North Beach area, the Keystone became known as one of the most important jazz spots in the United States. It was so beloved by musicians that superstars McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, and Elvin Jones played a benefit concert just so the club could buy a liquor license. In this book, more than 100 black and white photographs, a collage of oral histories, and a marvelous CD of recordings from the club chronicle the Keystone experience.

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