What makes a legend? It is a word that is easily misused. But
even those of us who wish to use it sparingly, can safely use it
for Rita Reys. She can rightly be called a living
legend. The singer, who is an octogenarian already, can look back
on a colorful life that took a clear direction at an early stage.
She has been honored with the title'Europe's First Lady Of Jazz'
because ofher incomparable talent. And last year she was awarded
the Order of the Dutch Lion, a royal honor. For many years now,
Rita Reys has been accompanied by the trio of 'pianist hors
concours' Peter Beets. Beets (1971) now sits in a
place that was previously occupied by masters such as Pim Jacobs,
Horace Silver, Louis van Dijk and Lex Jaspers.With veteran Ruud
Jacobs on bass and drummer Joost Patocka, the Peter Beets Trio will
form the best accompanying ensemble for this grand lady singer.