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1992 PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL SIX-WEEK SERIES OF FREE EVENTS SET TO BEGIN ON MAY 8

 1992 PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL SIX-WEEK SERIES
 OF FREE EVENTS SET TO BEGIN ON MAY 8


'Playboy Jazz and Food Festival' and 'Jazz Gets "Malled"' New for '92
 WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday, May 8, the 14th Annual Playboy Jazz festival will begin its six-week-long traditional series of free pre-festival community events that will continue through Friday, June 12. The free series will include 12 events: an exciting jazz and food festival at West Hollywood Park, an outdoor jazz concert in the San Fernando Valley, a big band jazz competition in Hermosa Beach, a rare jazz film documentary anthology in West Hollywood, an afternoon shopping spree concert in Baldwin Hills, a jazz cruise departing from Marina del Rey aboard the luxury yacht California Hornblower, four in-school jazz concerts/clinics/workshops, a senior citizens concert in south central Los Angeles and a noontime downtown concert at the steps of Los Angeles City Hall.
 On Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, this year's lineup will introduce two exciting new community activities to the roster of yearly traditional favorites. On Saturday, Playboy will present "Jazz Gets 'Malled'" at Tom Bradley Court in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. On Sunday, "Playboy Jazz and Food Festival" will present a special jazz and food extravaganza in West Hollywood Park. The food event will be presented by Leslie Weil and her organization, The Festival Group. Featured will be 20 food and beverage stations offering modestly priced gourmet selections throughout the day.
 The month-long series of free pre-festival community events is designed to make the festival accessible to the Southern California community, provide a service to the public-at-large and promote a greater understanding and awareness of America's oldest musical artform, jazz.
 The following is a list of the scheduled events. Additional information will be announced at a later date.
 Friday, May 8:
 "Watts Senior Citizens' Concert"
 A lunchtime concert presented for senior citizens featuring the Locke High School Jazz Band, under the direction of John Davis, with special guests to be announced at a later date. This concert is the longest-running of all the Playboy free events. Watts Labor Action Community Center, 10956 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.
 Month of May:
 Playboy Jazz Festival and IAOJA Present "Jazz Goes to School"
 Co-presented for the first time in 1990 by the Playboy Jazz Festival and IAOJA (The International Association of Jazz Appreciation), the program received high praise from students, teachers and parents alike. "Jazz Goes to School" was created by the Playboy Jazz Festival in 1984 to generate a greater understanding of jazz among students. The program once again will bring in-school mini jazz concerts and clinic/workshops to four Los Angeles County schools, and will involve several past Playboy Jazz Festival and "Jazz Goes to School" performers.
 May 8: Inglewood High School -- Louis Taylor Quintet
 May 21: Lincoln High School -- Tony Lujan Quintet
 May 22: Gompers Jr. High School -- B Sharp Quartet
 May 28: Grant Elementary School -- Red Holloway Quintet
 Sunday, May 17:
 "Playboy Jazz Festival Valley College Concert"
 For the sixth consecutive year, fans will once again enjoy a very special concert presented at Los Angeles Valley College, Monarch Quad. This explosive triple bill will feature two hot keyboardists, Bobby Lyle and Billy Mitchell, plus the vocal stylings of Greg Walker. Picnic lunches, blankets and low beach chairs are welcomed. Sorry, no glass containers or alcoholic beverages are permitted on the campus grounds. Plenty of free parking. 5800 Fulton Ave. (at Burbank Boulevard) in Van Nuys. 2 p.m. Free.
 Sunday, May 24:
 "Playboy Jazz Cruise"
 Presented for the first time by the Playboy Jazz Festival and Hornblower Dining Yachts in 1989, this event has been brought back for a fourth consecutive time. The 183-foot luxury yacht, California Hornblower, patterned after a classic steamship of the early 1900s, will depart from Marina del Rey with a guest list of 1,000 jazz fans. There will be dancing to the big band sounds of Ann Patterson's Maiden Voyage on the Clerestory mid-deck. On the Main Deck, fans can enjoy the hot sounds of chart-busting Freddie Ravel. The Captain's Lounge will feature the fascinating solo sounds of the Yamaha Discklavier "performing" the latest in high technology player piano melodies. Cocktails and dining service will be available on board for purchase. No glass containers, carry-on food or alcoholic beverages are allowed. Tickets will be distributed through radio promotions on KACE-FM, KLON-FM and KCRW-FM. No dockside tickets will be available. 13755 Fiji Way (at Fisherman's Village) in Marina del Rey, 5-8 p.m. Free.
 Monday, May 25: New Talent Competition
 "Playboy Jazz Festival Salutes the Winners of the Western States
 Jazz Festival"
 Playboy Jazz Festival will showcase three of the winning groups from the Western States Jazz Festival -- Hemet High School, Fullerton College and Cal State University, Fullerton will perform on Memorial Day at the annual Fiesta de las Artes on Pier Avenue (intersection of Pier and Hermosa Beach avenues), Hermosa Beach. Noon. Free. (Hemet High School will also open the Sunday, June 14, Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.)
 Saturday, June 6: New Event
 "Jazz Gets Malled"
 This will be the first year the Playboy Jazz Festival will showcase talent at a shopping center. Featured artist will be pianist Billy Mitchell. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of shopping, dining and music at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Tom Bradley Court. Plenty of free parking in the shopping plaza. 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles. 1 p.m. Free.
 Sunday, June 7: New Event
 "Playboy Jazz and Food Festival in West Hollywood"
 The city of West Hollywood will have its own exciting new family jazz event premiering at West Hollywood Park. Three outstanding jazz groups will be featured on this triple bill. Legendary vocal stylist Linda Hopkins, Latin jazz great Poncho Sanchez, and the jazzy fusion all-female band Blazing Readheads will share center stage for a dynamic afternoon of explosive jazz sounds. Leslie Weil and her organization, The Festival Group, will present 20 food and beverage stations adjacent to the stage offering a cornucopia of cuisines from restaurants in the Los Angeles area. Featured will be 20 food and beverage stations including Coca Cola, Paradise Tropical Tea, Crystal Geyser, The Grill, La Famiglia, Daily Grill, King's Cafe, Jacopo, Louise's, Savories, Benvenuto, Perkins, and many more. Food and beverage selections will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. "Tastes" and beverages range from $1-5. West Hollywood Park is located at 647 N. San Vicente, directly across from the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. (Parking is available at the Pacific Design Center for $1.50. Enter lot on San Vicente.) Music will begin at 2 p.m. Free admission.
 Friday, June 12:
 "Jazz at City Hall"
 This traditional downtown noontime concert will take place for the 14th consecutive year on the steps of the Los Angeles City Hall. This year's featured group will be Manteca, a hot Latin jazz group from Canada, performing on the steps of City Hall. Manteca will also perform on the Playboy Jazz Festival's Saturday, June 13 lineup. Noon. Free.
 Friday, June 12:
 "Jazz on Film with Mark Cantor Co-Sponsored by AFI Fest"
 Film archivist Mark Cantor returns with another new program in this successful series of jazz-related documentary-style films in 16mm sound. Rare clips and films spotlighting some of the greatest names in jazz will be featured including Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Carter, Max Roach, Stephane Grappelli, Mel Torme, Count Basie, Cannonball Adderley, and Lightin' Hopkins along with some surprise presentations. Center Green Theatre at the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., 2nd floor Green building, West Hollywood, 8 p.m. Free. (Parking is available for $1.50 after 5 p.m. Enter lot on San Vicente.)
 The 1992 Playboy Jazz Festival and its associated free pre-festival community events series are a presentation of Playboy Jazz Festivals (a division of the Playboy Entertainment Group Inc.) and are produced by Festival Productions Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Regina Davis of the Playboy Jazz Festival, 310-659-4080, ext. 370/ CO: 1992 Playboy Jazz Festival ST: California IN: ENT SU:


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