Bach reopening

Barbara Douglas Riching addresses the audience at the May 31 grand reopening concert featuring the Peter Erskine Trio with Bob Sheppard on sax.

Over recent months, the gray cap and pipe belonging to late Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society founder Prentice “Pete” Douglas adorned the storied venue's windowsill.

An abandoned beer joint when Douglas arrived in the early 1950s, the building became a place where rapt audiences heard jazz played by top artists in oceanfront intimacy. It was also where, after Douglas' July 2014 passing, top jazz names paid tribute to Douglas by playing the music he loved.

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