Reader comments on recent features:
In response to Richard Scheinin's May 12 story "Here are jazz's 12 most important musicians"
I have been an ardent jazz fan for more years then I care to remember and take issue with your No. 12 William Parker recommendation.
My wife and I attended his 2013 performance at Bing Concert Hall, trying to interpret the music of Ellington. It was the worst performance by any jazz player I have ever experienced. People started leaving before intermission, during intermission and after he resumed the concert, prompting a comment by him he thought was funny. The whole affair was embarrassing. The dissonance of the music was jarring, no melody, no nothing, just an outburst of strange sounds. Needless to say we would never again attend any of his performances.
In response to Richard Scheinin's May 15 review of Christian Tetzlaff's performance with the San Francisco Symphony
Best piece of writing I have seen in ages. I attended the symphony this evening, my first. Thanks for lending it literary expression.