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Playboy Jazz Celebrates 25 Years of Good Music

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By Taylor Jordan

The 25th annual Playboy Jazz Festival offered only a few surprises. Legends and master artists -- Dave Brubeck, Roy Haynes, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Dave Holland, Al Jarreau, L.A.’s Home Grown All-Stars and the eighth version of Cos of Good Music -- still swing, stimulate and soothe, even after decades of energizing, culturally creative and trend-setting musicianship.

7th Annual Open Sky Music Festival Features “Blues at the Lake”

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Big Bear

Summertime is ushered in on the mountaintop with live blues, spicy barbecue and mild breezes. High above the June gloom, the 7th Annual Open Sky Music Festival in Big Bear Lake takes place on Saturday, June 21, 2003. Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased by phone with a major credit card through the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce (909) 866-4607 and at the Tail of the Whale Lakeside Lounge (909) 866-5514.

Playboy Jazz Celebrates 25 Years of Good Music

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Live and celluloid celebrations of jazz will highlight the Playboy Jazz Festival events this week.

Jody Sings

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R&B artist Jody Watley (“Don’t You Want Me,” “Looking For a New Love,”) sets the state on fire at the “Philadelphia Soul Explosion” Benefit Concert, an intimate event held recently in Los Angeles at The Mint.

Hard Bop Legend Roy Haynes to Keep Time in Cerritos

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By Taylor Jordan

Roy Haynes, who would also become a legend in his own time, enjoyed a musical education that most instrumentalists even today could only dream of, wistfully. The days, nights and years Haynes spent in the drum chair for seminal jazz pioneer Charlie “Bird” Parker from the late 1940s to the early 1950s were enviable for musicians at the time.

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