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Playboy Jazz Festival Presents a Free Jazz Concert in Watts

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Seniors will celebrate the legendary big band sounds of swing when the Playboy Jazz Festival presents the Los Angeles Multi-School Jazz Band in a free, community concert at the Bradley Senior Center Friday, May 7th. The event will be held from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. in Phoenix Hall, located at 10950 South Central Avenue, across from the Bradley Senior Center.

Under the direction of Reggie Andrews, who established the group in 1991, the band will perform a medley of time-honored classics from the best of such big band legends as Duke Ellington and Count Basie, among others. The afternoon’s musical selections will include Ellington’s “Take The A Train,” Basie’s “One O’clock Jump,” Thelonious Monk’s “Straight, No Chaser” and Gerald Wilson’s “Viva Tirado.”

The acclaimed Los Angeles Multi-School Jazz Band is an ensemble of talented young musicians from local public and private schools including Alain Locke High School, Washington Preparatory High School, Westchester High School and Warren Lane Elementary School. Sponsored by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, band members receive intensive musical training, performance opportunities, scholarships and private in-school instruction. Student musicians and former Locke High School alumni ranging in age from 15 to 50 will perform together in the Los Angeles Multi-School Jazz Band this year. The Locke alumni (who graduated in the ‘70’s) recently formed a band and continue to perform together.

“The Bradley Senior Center in Watts has been the venue for some of the most enjoyable and gratifying activities on the Playboy Jazz Festival community events calendar virtually since the beginning. With great entertainment provided by some of the best young musicians in Los Angeles – and some of their professional “alumni” colleagues – a capacity audience of seniors and community friends takes to the floor to show that they’ve still ‘got that swing.’ This is one dance party we all look forward to each year,” said Bill Farley, the Jazz Festival’s Vice President, Marketing Events.

An annual event that has become a treasured neighborhood tradition, the concert is the second in Playboy’s free community event series. The event is presented in conjunction with this year’s upcoming 26th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival, to be held June 19th and 20th at the newly renovated Hollywood Bowl. The concert is also part of the Watts Labor Community Action Committee’s (WLCAC) expansion program and musical series.

Free parking for the Friday performance is provided by the Watts Labor Community Action Committee Center’s parking lot located at 10950 South Central Avenue. The WLCAC Bradley Senior Center will serve lunch to its participating senior citizens.

For more information regarding the community concerts or the Playboy Jazz Festival, call the Festival hotline at (310) 449-4070. For more information about the WLCAC Bradley Senior Center, contact Dennistine Lyle, Program Director, at (323) 563-5639.

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