Pete Douglas: 1929 - 2014

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His stubborn commitment to keeping his doors open to live music was a gift to the SF Bay Area.
Prentice “Pete" Douglas , founder of the legendary Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society and owner of the Douglas Beach House in Half Moon Bay California passed yesterday, July 12th. He was 85.

For more than 50 years Douglas brought to the Bach some of the finest jazz musicians ever to grace any jazz stage in the world like Shirley Horn
Shirley Horn
Shirley Horn
1934 - 2005
piano
, Horace Silver
Horace Silver
Horace Silver
1928 - 2014
piano
, Michel Petrucciani
Michel Petrucciani
Michel Petrucciani
b.1962
piano
, Woody Herman
Woody Herman
Woody Herman
1913 - 1987
band/orchestra
, Zoot Sims
Zoot Sims
Zoot Sims
1925 - 1985
sax, tenor
, Shelly Manne
Shelly Manne
Shelly Manne
1920 - 1984
drums
and so many more in recent times. Douglas was proud that Downbeat Magazine had listed the Bach for three years running as one of the top 150 jazz venues in the world.

Pete Douglas will certainly be missed by the thousands who have passed through those doors and gazed out from the windows overlooking the rolling Pacific Ocean at the edge of Monterey Bay.


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