Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club

October 30, 2020
Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club

The award-winning photographer's pictorial history of the famousSan Francisco Jazz club featuring oral histories and more than 100images—"A treasure" (SF Weekly).In the words of Wynton Marsalis, "Keystone Korner wasthe quintessential jazz club . . . a happy home to people of allpersuasions." During the 1970s, when jazz clubs acrossAmerica were folding under the onslaught of rock and roll anddisco, San Francisco's Keystone Korner was an oasis for jazzlisteners and musicians. Tucked away in the city's North Beacharea, the Keystone became one of the most important jazz spots inthe United States. It was so beloved by musicians that superstarsMcCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, and Elvin Jones played abenefit concert to raise money for its liquor license.In this book, award-winning photographer Kathy Sloane sharesmore than 100 black and white photographs documenting the musiciansand regulars, the spontaneous moments and ephemeral scene of thislegendary club. Together with these images, she has compiled afascinating collage of first-hand oral histories that chronicle theKeystone experience. "From the antics of the photo-laden backroomto the underground hype of Ora Harris' Keystone Kitchen, Sloane andfellow editor Sascha Feinstein leave no stone unturned. Theyexamine the backstories of some of Keystone's most lovablecharacters . . . a delightful sensory overload" (Downbeat).