Rare vintage performance clips of legendary jazz musicians will be shown for free at the annual Jazz on Film event of the Playboy Jazz Festival, as part of the festival’s six-week free community event series. Jazz on Film, presented by archivist Mark Cantor, showcases footage and clips from telecasts, feature films and live concerts.
Cantor creates a distinct collective of footage for the festival each year out of his personal collection of more than 4,000 separate performances that he’s been collecting for about 40 years.
This year, artists appearing in the footage include the likes of Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, Chet Baker (pictured), Thelonious Monk and Benny Goodman.
This year, the event will take place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the Bing Theatre on Thursday June 5 at 7:30 p.m. Though the event is free, tickets are required and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets will be available on June 5th at noon at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ticket office, located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Cantor’s archives have been presented as part of the Playboy Jazz Festival annually for more than 20 years, he said. Jazz on Film remains the longest ongoing program of its kind in the world, according to a news release.