So I got out of town headed to SoCal just in time to avoid the Yukon Express. Part of my trip was a few days on the Pepperdine campus in Malibu. While the nights were cold and the days chilly, the campus was still beautiful, situated as it is in the Malibu foothills overlooking the Pacific. An incredible place for a university, too bad it costs a fucking fortune to attend (lots of Asian students, spending all that export money). A sunrise from above the campus...
So with cool but pleasant days, what better than to hike the ridge line to an overlook of the whole area.
(proof I made it)
From this point, there are views back to Santa Monica, over the ocean, and up to Zuma Point.
And, of course, gotta have a pic of the baseball stadium... go Waves!
Looking back from the point to the foothills, up highest is the College of Business and the Villa, a hotel for guests and visiting profs, as well as housing (lower) for the lucky few.
And, on the top, for the old telecom professional, the comm towers...
The weather would turn bad, but we got a couple cool sunsets.
Family and friends gathered for a memorial concert celebrating the life of Will Lovell. In particular, many of his musician friends played long into the night. The evening culminated in a reunion of SLAJO, performing two compositions Will Lovell had prepared for the band.
Around the new millennium, this city was blessed with an amazing jazz scene. Fueled primarily, but not exclusively, by a crop of young and creative musicians out of the University Jazz Studies program, combined with a revived popular appreciation of the genre, jazz became the hot music around town. In clubs like the Zanzibar, Monk's House of Jazz, the Urban Lounge, and others, these musicians formed a floating series of combos, and eventually a big band, to bring an exciting brand of jazz to its new and old fans. I was lucky enough to see, hear, and even record much of this music.
One musician in particular formed the backbone of many groups, the bassist Will Lovell III. He had the power, creativity, and especially the sensitivity to drive or to follow the other players as they propelled the music forward. Out of all the groups who performed during this era, perhaps the award winning combo John Henry and the big band SLAJO (Salt Lake Alternative Orchestra) were the most famous.
After about 10 years, this amazing local jazz scene slowly dissolved, as the musicians began leaving for advanced degrees elsewhere, and to seek fame and fortune in larger cities. Lovell himself, while playing and touring in country and rockabilly groups as well as jazz combos, would get his degree and move to Los Angeles. While there, one of his gigs was with Willis Clow in the guitar ensemble Wirechoir.
Lovell also began playing on cruise ships. And, unfortunately, this is where he met his end. We've just heard that Will Lovell drowned in a swimming accident while off a cruise ship in the Caribbean. This is a tremendous loss to all of us who knew him and enjoyed his music. I'll always appreciate the times I spent with him, drinking wine after a recording session at Joanne's new modern, or the afternoon at the first USC-Utah meeting in the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Below are links to a couple tunes I recorded that feature Will Lovell. The first is from his Senior Recital, the second is from his group One-Fifty-One at the Zanzibar.
Some final pics from PEI... I hope to return to the island again, it is a beautiful place and I've barely explored the island's many features.
Charlottetown, the main city, has a beautiful harbor area, along with a protective fort (interesting history to this place, worthy of more research).
Along the harbor is a cool convention center, and a little local art.
Of course the city is filled with old victorian houses and beautiful churches (see previous posts in this series).
This may seem odd (I wonder why), but I found interesting traffic signals. Since I'm color blind, horizontal lights, especially those with duplicate red lights, can mess me up a little. But look closely at this light... each color also has its own shape! Great idea for those of us who are color challenged.
And there's great reasons to return to Charlottetown:
Finally, a couple "arty" shots from around the island... First, of all things, a garage door, and then a cool old fishing shack in Georgetown.
That completes my pics from PEI. A wonder trip, a wonder place, and really fine people. Now if winter heating bills weren't $10,000/year....