Communique From Somewhere On Vacation

Being on holiday, as our British friends say, does not preclude a minor post from the road. The first leg of our trip south ended with a drive through the mountains of southern Oregon between Klamath Falls and Ashland. As we negotiated the hills and curves of Parker Mtn.jpgOregon Route 66 up and down Mount Parker, we had sunshine, hail, snow and wind, separately and all at once. The accompanying picture was made in less interesting weather. Around every bend was a spectacle, cliffs hanging over us, deep valleys in cloud and sunshine below us.
Ashland is famous for its Shakespeare Festival. In our family, it is equally famous for Chateaulin, one of the best French restaurants outside of France. As our dinner was winding down, we heard wafting in from an adjacent dining room a tenor saxophone accompanied by bass and piano. The tune was “Sweet Lorraine.” Inquiry disclosed that the players, all Ashlanders, play at Chateaulin every Tuesday evening. The tenor player is Fritz Hunnicutt, the pianist Ben Gault, the bassist Michael Barth – no relation to Benny of The Mastersounds. They played standards, with no one overreaching or underachieving. Simple, as Red Mitchell reminded us, isn’t easy. Before we had to move on, a 17-year-old singer named Calysta Rupert-Anderson did a couple of songs. She was fine, too. Jazz is where you find it, even in a small town (albeit a very hip small town) in the Siskiyou Mountains.

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    I like the landscape and the jazz serendipity! Here the Jazz season is hotting up(though there is always something going on in old London) with the Cheltenham Jazz Festival week after next. I shall be leaving UK end of June for the French festivals at Vienne, Antibes(or Umbria Itlay) and Nice. By the way the ‘old venerable’ jazz magazine Jazz Journal International is being resuscitated after the sad demise of Janet Cook the previous editor. Mark Gilbert, who used to work for the magazine some years ago, has taken the helm and looks forward to bringing it into the 21st century – this means the use of more up to date technology than an ancient typewriter and a fax machine. They are actually working on a website as well; this may already be visible in preparatory form.
    (Among his other areas of photographic expertise, Mr. Motion is noted for his pictures of jazz musicians. Evidence is visible at his web site. To go there, click on his name in the header of this comment. — DR)