This program features the Tower of Babel Jazz Quintet at the Loosdrecht Jazz Festival as well as recordings from the 1960’s of the voice of the legendary Rita Reys (1924-2013). From the time of her award-winning performance, with her husband Pim Jacobs at the piano, at the Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival in 1960, she was known for the rest of her life as “Europe’s First Lady of Jazz”. She was given a Bird Award at the 1991 North Sea Jazz Festival and was the first Dutch jazz musician to perform at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
Produced and presented by David Swatling and Hans Mantel
This program was first broadcast July 17, 2004