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Jazzed About Ventura

July 25, 1999

Regarding "Water Taxi! Water Taxi!" (Weekend Escape, July 4): Author Diana Marcum makes a statement that has me wondering if she really went to Ventura and spent a night at the Bella Maggiore Inn: "There wasn't any readily discernible night life," she wrote.

In fact, one of Southern California's best and oldest jazz clubs (since 1987) can be found across the street from the Bella Maggiore: the 66 California, which has hosted groups led by the likes of Henry Franklin, Teddy Edwards, Jane Getz and Buddy Collette. And the Bombay Bar & Grill music club is just half a block from the inn.

I only name the nightclubs that are just a short walk from the Bella Maggiore, but there are many more in the Ventura/Channel Islands Harbor area.

PHIL PASTRAS

Los Angeles

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