Dal Richards, Woody & WoodieMonday, September 04, 2006
Rebecca is sad because she starts school tomorrow. PNE's waning days and the beginning of school seem to go hand in hand. I read a few weeks ago that Dal Richards was going to play at the PNE. I run into Mr. Richards (88) all the time (even at the opera) and he is always exquisitely dressed. He may be as elegant as Arthur Erickson (83). When I photographed Mr. Richards in December of 97, I asked him if the sax was his only instrument. He was delighted I had asked and he proudly showed me his clarinet. It didn't take me long today to go from Dal Richard's clarinet, to Woody Herman, who played one and from there to another woodie, the 48-year-old roller coaster at the PNE.