Pia Beck


The legendary Dutch pianist Pia Beck owned the famous Blue Note Bar, which was situated in the Pasaje Begoña (now Pasaje Gil Vicente).

This popular basement club's centrepiece was two grand pianos, one of which became a bar top: Pia would often entertain her clients on the other. She also had a resident quartet made up of musicians she brought over from Holland; although the line-up would change constantly, for it is said that the Pia rarely paid her musicians. 

Pia Beck, one of the first artists of the time to admit her homosexuality, moved to Churriana, just outside of Torremolinos, with her life partner in1965. She died of a heart attack in 2009. Jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson, described her as "The greatest jazz pianist in the world."

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