Esteemed jazz archivist Mark Cantor will return to host the Playboy Jazz Festival’s annual acclaimed ‘Jazz on Film’ night, Wednesday June 8th at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held again this year in cooperation with Ebony Repertory Theatre at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (NHPAC) on Washington Boulevard.
Admission is free, although tickets are required. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis, beginning at noon on June 8th at the Holden box office. There is a limit of 4 tickets per person.
The evening will include a presentation of rarely seen film clips of vintage jazz performances featuring many of the most important artists who shaped the music over a period of almost a century. Film highlights will include a rare ballad medley by the John Coltrane Quartet, with the tenor sax giant joined by another master of the sax, Stan Getz, and a short homage to Los Angeles jazz master Buddy Collette, who passed away earlier this year.
Cantor will also show rare footage of the swinging allfemale orchestra of Ina Ray Hutton; interpretations from the “Great American Song Book” by such diverse talents as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra; and the Benny Goodman Trio, with Gene Krupa and Teddy Wilson, representing the first integrated jazz group to play regularly in public performances.
Classic moments from performances by the legendary Dave Brubeck and the Count Basie Big Band in full swing will also be shown.
‘Jazz on Film’ is part of Playboy's free community event series held in conjunction with this year’s annual Playboy Jazz Festival, set for, Saturday and Sunday, June 11th and 12th at the world famous Hollywood Bowl. Playboy Magazine and jazz have had a close association since the first issue of the magazine was published in December 1953, so it should come as no surprise that ‘Playboy Jazz on Film’ is the longest running program of its kind worldwide. The program moved to its present location last year. Formerly the site of a popular Los Angeles playhouse, Ebony Repertory Theatre is the resident company and operator of the NHPAC. Located in Mid-City, where the city’s top jazz clubs previously thrived during Los Angeles’ golden era of jazz in the 50’s and 60’s, Washington Boulevard between La Brea and Crenshaw was home to such legendary venues as The Parisian Room, The It Club, and the Hillcrest Club, where many of the greatest names in jazz played on a regular basis.
“Once again, we are thrilled to be aligned with such an important cultural event such as the Playboy Jazz Festival and with an historian of Mark’s caliber,” says Wren T. Brown, founder of Ebony Repertory Theatre. “The Mid- City community embraced the ‘Playboy Jazz on Film’ night with great enthusiasm. The overwhelmingly positive response to last year’s presentation left our audience yearning for more.”
“We’re looking forward to these seldom seen clips from the halcyon days of jazz. The Festival’s ‘Jazz on Film’ night represents another opportunity for the diverse communities of Los Angeles to come together to celebrate our artistic legacy and realize what a small city we really are.”
Playboy Jazz Festival President Richard Rosenzweig says, “The Playboy Jazz Festival is proud to present an exceptional event and rare glimpse into the history of jazz at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, especially considering the historical significance of the theatre’s unique location. The community’s involvement in the arts combined with Mark Cantor’s excellent program makes for an unforgettable evening and a special celebration of our city’s legacy of jazz.”
The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center is located at 4718 W. Washington Blvd. Lot parking is conveniently located one block east of the theatre on Washington and Vineyard Avenue. For more information about the Playboy Jazz Festival and its free events, please visit www.playboyjazzfestival.com.
For ticket information for ‘Jazz on Film’ visit the website or call the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center at (323) 964-9766.
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