I've been a bit slow to report this sad news; there's been too much going on this month. The great bass player, Niels-Henning Orsted-Pedersen died in his native Copenhagen on 1st May at the much too young age of 58. He recorded prolifically and played with all the greats: saxophonists Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Roland Kirk and Dexter Gordon; trumpeters Chet Baker and the pianist Bill Evans. From 1984 until 1987 he toured as a member of the Oscar Peterson trio. I saw him in London once in that period although I don't remember where, -the Capital Jazz Festival or Ronnie Scott's club perhaps. He will be mourned but not forgotten.