Free Playboy Jazz Festival

Written by The Jazz Gypsy

The kick-off for the 32nd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival scheduled for June 12 and 13th at the Hollywood Bowl will begin with a free concert featuring Grammy winning pianist Bill Cunliffe and his Septet and Johnny Crawford and His Orchestra. The event will be held on Sunday, May 2nd from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Beverly Hills Civic Center Plaza, located at 450 North Rexford Drive, between Santa Monica Boulevard and Burton Way

Cunliffe, who will open the show, continues to attract nationwide attention for his lyrical style and groundbreaking compositions, has toured and played with many jazz greats, including Frank Sinatra, The Buddy Rich Big Band, Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman, James Moody, and many others. Together, Cunliffe and his Septet will echo the sounds of big band with a celebration of saxophonist Oliver Nelson: The Blues and the Abstract Truth.

Johnny Crawford and His Orchestra will recall the musical elegance of another time, with their authentic arrangements of popular songs and music from the �20�s and �30�s.

This afternoon promises to be a lively afternoon of upbeat jazz entertainment at the Civic Center�s attractive outdoor performing arts venue.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Glass containers, alcoholic beverages and audio/video recorders are not permitted. Two free hours of parking are available at the Civic Center parking structure, adjacent to the Beverly Hills Public Library.

For more information regarding the community concert series or the Playboy Jazz Festival, call the hotline at 310-450-1173 or visit .