Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society Reopens May 31

Bach Dancing & dynamite Society

World-Renowned Bay Area Jazz Club Announces
New Management and a New Look

Half Moon Bay, Calif.; April 14, 2015: Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society (BDDS), the famous ocean side jazz, classical and world music venue, today announced its grand reopening with a 2015 Summer Series beginning May 31, 2015. GRAMMY Award-winning drummer Peter Erskine and his trio plus special guest saxophonist Bob Sheppard, will launch the series at the Douglas Beach House, where the BDDS presents its music. Additionally, the venue has announced the formation of a new board of trustees, along with new operational management.

The Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society recently closed after the founder and owner of the renowned jazz club, Pete Douglas, passed away in July of 2014. Pete’s middle daughter, Barbara Douglas Riching, will succeed him as president of the society. “My father created an incredibly special venue and it would be impossible for me to not continue his legacy,” said Riching. “There is no way I could ever replace him or the special spirit that he brought to the house, but we are extremely excited to begin a new era." Riching will carry on her father's vision of presenting jazz in a chamber-like setting, where both the musicians and audience can share an intimate experience. Says Riching, "We will continue to focus primarily on straight-ahead jazz, but similar to my dad’s approach, will occasionally feature classical and other forms of music."

BDDS is excited to announce a new member to its board of trustees, Tim Jackson, the Artistic Director of the Monterey Jazz Festival and Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. Mr. Jackson has already provided invaluable assistance with the Bach's artistic direction having been a longtime friend of the Douglas family. He first met Pete Douglas back in the 1970s and considered Pete a mentor. “I am extremely glad to be a part of ensuring that the legacy of Pete Douglas continues, and that this wonderful venue continues to offer its best for both audiences and musicians,” said Jackson.

The Summer Series at the Douglas Beach House will begin with the Peter Erskine Trio with Bob Sheppard on May 31, followed by the Benny Green Trio on June 7; the Dafnis Prieto Sextet on June 14; and the Marcus Shelby Orchestra featuring Tiffany Austin on June 28.

Keeping the noted decor front and center, and with great respect for the Pacific Ocean at its doorstep, the Douglas Beach House will also undergo renovations for this new chapter, and in advance of the full fall/winter series expected to launch in September 2015. All concerts will begin at the Bach's traditional time of 4:30pm on Sunday afternoons.

Another new member of the management team is the venue’s incoming Managing Director Claudia Polley, who is a graduate of the Juilliard School and is well-experienced in the performance and production arenas of the music industry. She comes to BDDS having worked as a management consultant to nonprofit cultural institutions, most recently at the Jazz Heritage Center in San Francisco.

The daughters of Pete Douglas—Linda Tichenor, Virginia Castillo, and Barbara Douglas Riching—have worked closely together to make this happen. The Douglas Beach House will continue to be owned by the daughters. “I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of my sisters for helping to make this happen. Despite the challenges, we never really wavered from ensuring that our dad’s legacy was preserved,” said Riching.

Contact: Claudia Polley
311 Mirada Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
650.726.4143 or 415.828.7462 (m)

About the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

The Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society (the Bach) is a legendary ocean front live music club on California's ;San Mateo County coast in Half Moon Bay. A nonprofit organization, it has presented regular Sunday afternoon world-class jazz, classical, and world music since 1964 at the Douglas Beach House.

Musicians who have played at the Bach include such luminaries as Betty Carter, Bill Evans, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Art Blakey, Etta James, Milt Jackson, and Eliane Elias, to name just a few. In addition to jazz, such notables in the classical music world as the Kronos Quartet and Mariano Cordoba played at the venue. The Bach is listed as one of the 163 “Great Jazz Venues” in DownBeat magazine.
;All performances are open to the public and are partially supported by members and contributors.

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