Pete Douglas ran 50 years + of house concerts at his Douglas Beach House in the small coastal town of Half Moon Bay on the outboard side of the San Francisco peninsula. Pete early on founded a social get together called the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, famously popular around the area. Douglas was hard bitten with his own music vision, and was his own local jazz music movement. The story is told of Pete, working as a parole officer, seeing a young man on a minor charge. The young man brought his tenor sax into the house with him because the car wouldn’t lock. After inquiring, Pete said, “You’re not a criminal. Come and play at my house concert,” and the man went on to a music career !
A long list of performers will testify that Pete was a strong-minded, straightforward man, dedicated to the quality of music. He was a unique personality that drove the scene and the events. Many people are now paying tribute to Pete’s contribution to life during his time.
Come join Chris Cortez hosting the Pete Douglas memorial review Sunday 23 November at 8 am on the I’m Talkin’ Jazz program.