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Keystone Korner Baltimore Highlights Successful Opening and Upcoming Headliners

See What’s Cookin’ at Keystone Korner Baltimore
Upcoming May Headliners Include
Joey DeFrancesco, The Cookers, Cyrus Chestnut,
Buster Williams, Lenny White, Raul Midón, Sean Jones,
and Kenny Barron with Regina Carter Among Others
NEA Jazz Master Todd Barkan and Michelin-starred chef Robert Wiedmaier relaunched the first large-scale jazz club in the region since the late ’80s, Keystone Korner, on April 30 coinciding with International Jazz Day. The legendary San Francisco (and later Tokyo) club set the standard for jazz performance back in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.
Keystone Korner Baltimore is unique due to not only it’s world-class live performances, but also it’s world-class kitchen of Michelin-starred chef, Robert Weidmaier. A proprieter of 10 restaurants in Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Atlantic City, the classically trained Weidmaier has crafted a delicious and memorable “retro refined Americana” menu featuring throwback dishes such as an iceberg wedge salad, deviled eggs, and shrimp ‘n’ grits.
“We believe in good cookin’ at the Keystone. Both on and off the bandstand, we celebrate some of the most swinging and beautiful music in the world harmonizing perfectly and in total synch with the incomparable cuisine of Chef Robert Wiedmaier” states Barkan.
The club opening headliner, the Ron Carter Trio, was a major success with sold-out performances all three nights. An impressive upcoming performance schedule is set for the rest of May, hosting some of the world’s most recognized and important artist’s including Joey DeFrancesco, The Cookers, Cyrus Chestnut, Buster Williams, Lenny White, Kenny Barron and Regina Carter, among others. The full performance schedule is listed below.
In the midst of a national tour, organist Joey DeFrancesco stops by for a two-night gig on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 at Keystone Korner alongside his trio mates saxophonist Victor North and drummer Khary Shaheed. The trio celebrates the release of DeFrancesco’s latest record In The Key of the Universe available now on Mack Avenue Records. The Cookers, the all-star septet featuring jazz veterans Billy Harper, Donald Harrison, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart, summon up an aggressive mid ’60s spirit with a five-night run at the club starting Wednesday, May 15 through Sunday, May 19. The group released their latest record, The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart,in 2016 on Smoke Sessions Records.
Performing on Wednesday, May 22 through Sunday, May 26, is the soulfully swinging pianist Cyrus Chestnut joining the legendary rhythm section of bassist Buster Williams and drummer Lenny White with special guest alto-saxophonist Antonio Hart (from 5/24 to 5/26 only). A dynamic double bill duo featuring vocalist/guitarist Raul Midón and trumpeter Sean Jones’ brand new Dizzy Spellz band combines forces for a two-night gig of unforgettable music on Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29. Midón’s most recent record If You Really Want was released in September of 2018 on Mack Avenue Music Group’s imprint Artistry Music. Jones has released eight records under Mack Avenue Records, including his latest album Sean Jones: Live from the Jazz Bistro, which was released in 2017. Lastly, closing out the month of May is jazz master pianist Kenny Barron featuring his trio mates, bassist Kyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Justin Faulkner, with world-renowned violinist Regina Carter joining the group.
Ticket prices range from $15 to $45 with performances at 7:00PM and 9:00PM Sunday through Thursday, and at 7:30PM and 9:30PM on Fridays and Saturdays. Doors open at 4:00PM and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. There are two seating options for each performance: premium seating is closest to the stage with the most direct views of the live performances, and general admission seating is farther from the stage but with the same excellent sound. Tickets are available online now.
Barkan is committed to dynamic pricing for the room, which will hold upwards of 200 patrons. He said he plans to keep ticket prices competitive — and setting aside affordable seats at every performance for students — will make this art form he has committed his life to available to as many people as possible.
“Our mission at Keystone Korner in San Francisco from 1972 to 1983 was to provide the best music in the world for the most affordable prices in the most loving environment,” says Barkan, “and that is still our fundamental goal in 2019 at Keystone Korner Baltimore. Here, we have the added blessing of joining forces with chef Robert Wiedmaier and his talented team, which ensures that the food and libations will be as inspiring and reasonably-priced as the phenomenal music.”
Upcoming Performance Schedule
** indicates newly added performances or personnel changes
May 9 | Bill Charlap (solo)
May 10 | Bill Charlap & Jon Faddis
May 11 & 12 | Joey DeFrancesco Trio
May 13 | Hot Club of Baltimore
May 14 | Lafayette Gilchrist w. Sonic Trip Masters
** May 15 – 19 | The Cookers w. Billy Harper, Eddie Hendereson, Sean Jones, Donald Harrison,
David Weiss, Stanley Cowell (May 15 – 16 only),
George Cables (May 17 – 19 only), Cecil McBee, and Billy Hart
** May 20 | Brandon Woody’s Upendo Live
May 21 | Matthew Whitaker Quartet
May 22 – 26 | Cyrus Chestnut w. Buster Williams and Lenny White
(special guest Antonio Hart from May 24 – 26 only)
** May 27 | The Benny Russell Big Band
May 28 & 29 | DOUBLE BILL: Raul Midón & Sean Jones “Dizzy Spellz”
May 30 – June 2 | Kenny Barron Quartet w. Regina Carter,
Kiyoshi Kitagawa, and Justin Faulkner
June 3 | The Baltimore Jazz Collective
June 4 | Todd Marcus Quintet
June 5 | Mike LeDonne’s Groover Quartet w. Eric Alexander,
Buster Williams, and Joe Farnsworth
June 6 – 9 | Steve Turre Sextet w. James Carter & Vincent Herring
“Bright Moments — The Music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk”
June 10 | The Baltimore Jazz Collective
June 13 | Oleg Butman & Natalia Smirnova Quartet w. Gary Thomas & Matthew Dwonszyk
June 14 – 16 | John Pizzarelli — Centennially Yours, Celebrating Nat King Cole
June 17 | The Azar Lawrence Experience
June 18 | Mike Kuhl Unity Project
June 20 – 23 | Freddy Cole Quartet w. Lionel Cole
June 24 | The Baltimore Jazz Collective
June 25 – 26 | Janis Siegel Trio w. John DiMartino
June 27 – 30 | Eddie Palmieri Sextet
July 1 | The Baltimore Jazz Collective
July 18 – 21 | Dr. Monty Alexander, CD w. JJ Shakur & Jason Brown
July 25 – 28 | Gary Bartz Quartet
August 1 – 4 | Roy Ayers Ubiquity
September 13 – 15 | Christian McBride’s New Jawn
September 26 – 29 | James Carter Organ Trio