The late “King of Swing” Dal Richards will get a Vancouver street named in his honour thanks to a motion that passed unanimously in a City Council meeting.
City Councillor Melissa De Genova put forth the motion yesterday to honour the local jazz musician after he passed away at the age of 97 in December.
Motion passed unanimously 2 recognize Dal Richards’ life + legacy in #Vancouver Dal Richards Street or plaza coming soon!
— Melissa De Genova (@MelissaDeGenova) January 19, 2016
“He certainly was instrumental in Vancouver as a musician in the genre of big band and swing, and he made a number of contributions to our city’s arts, culture, and music,” De Genova told Vancity Buzz on January 18.
De Genova said it doesn’t have to be a street – she’s open to the idea of constructing and naming an entertainment plaza after Richards as well. She said it was one of his wishes prior to his death.
When asked about a timeline and location, De Genova said she doesn’t have one in mind and will let the city determine both of those aspects of the motion.
“I’d like to make sure [his family] is involved and that whatever places are considered and chosen really do speak to having some connection to Dal Richards,” she said.
De Genova was a family friend of Richards – he even sang at her wedding.