OP And Queen Elizabeth

Here's a story from the BBC: (July 1) Queen unveils statue of Canadian jazz great Peterson The Queen has unveiled a life-size bronze statue of Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson during the latest stage of her visit to the country.She was joined by the musician's family for the ceremony at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. During his life, Peterson recorded with jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Parker. He played for the Queen a few years before his death in 2007.The Queen and … [Read more...]

Correspondence: On “Take Five” (Illustrated)

Rifftides reader John Fielding writes from Australia: I am currently reading and enjoying your book about Paul Desmond. I am a lifelong DB and PD follower after seeing them play in Brisbane, Australia, in 1960. Congratulations on a great contribution to jazz history and the stories and colors of the era of the 50's. Amazing that 'Take Five' has been so widely recorded. I thought you might be interested to know that I recently heard 'Take Five' on a stay in Beijing. There is a very popular … [Read more...]