Top of page

Happy Birthday, Peter Ind!

Share this post:

Peter Ind with Larry Appelbaum at the Library of Congress in 2009.

British bassist Peter Ind turns 90 today, and we have fond memories of his visit to the Performing Arts Reading Room in 2009. Ind is an important jazz double bassist and record producer who studied with Tim Bell and James Merrett and became a professional musician in 1947. I was anxious to talk to him about his recordings with Lennie Tristano, with whom he played the very first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954. We discussed his work in the house band on the Queen Mary, which first brought him to New York to study with Tristano, and his record label Wave, which he began in 1961 and for which he recorded sessions by Gerry Mulligan, Booker Little, Warne Marsh, Kenny Barron and his own groups. We also talked about his time as the owner of a jazz club, the fabled Bass Clef in London.

Ind and his wife Sue were gracious enough to present to us for the collection three books Peter had written: Jazz Visions – Lennie Tristano and His Legacy (2005), The Environment and Cosmic Metabolism – Looking at the Stars and Thinking about the Earth (2007), and Painting the Energy of Nature (2008).

Add a Comment

This blog is governed by the general rules of respectful civil discourse. You are fully responsible for everything that you post. The content of all comments is released into the public domain unless clearly stated otherwise. The Library of Congress does not control the content posted. Nevertheless, the Library of Congress may monitor any user-generated content as it chooses and reserves the right to remove content for any reason whatever, without consent. Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. We further reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove a user's privilege to post content on the Library site. Read our Comment and Posting Policy.

Required fields are indicated with an * asterisk.