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Playboy’s Jazz On Film

Hugh Hefner has given mankind two wondrous gifts: the Centerfold and the Playboy Jazz Festival. And this year, as a prelude to the 24th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl June 15-16, Hef’s jazz film archivist Mark Cantor presents Jazz On Film at the Bing Theatre in the L.A. County Museum of Art on Thur., June 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Cantor has been collecting filmed musical performances for the last thirty years. The bulk of that time has been spent working in conjunction with Playboy and their ongoing Jazz On Film series. “This year’s program will be quite special with footage from the theater orchestras of the late 1920s, to Freddie Hubbard on tour in the ’60s,” says Cantor. Much of the footage is extremely rare and has never been screened before. Highlights include clips of the John Coltrane Quartet, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Art Tatum, Hazel Scott and Leo Watson and the Five Spirits of Rhythm.

The screening is free, but tickets are required and will be available at 12 p.m. on the day of the show at the L.A. County Museum of Art ticket office next to the theater. For more information, visit

For more information about the Playboy Jazz Festival, call its hotline at (310) 449-4070 or visit

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