For the Jazz Fan: A Free Screening at the LACMA

Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 pm the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will be screening “Playboy Jazz on Film” in the Bing Theater free of charge.

The Playboy Jazz Festival evening of jazz on film returns once again. So, whether you’re a long admiring fan, or someone who may have heard a lot of this music when growing up, but didn’t know exactly what it was, now is your chance to get a better understanding of the only music that is a purely American creation.

Film Archivist Mark Cantor presents the program, which includes an eclectic mix of music, from big band to small combo, from bop to modern jazz. The many well-known and respected jazz artists included are Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong.

In addition, there will be a large number of world-premiere clips featuring performances never before seen in public, including the earliest film appearances by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and Thelonious Monk.

Admission is free but tickets are required, so in order to gain entrance you must stop by the museum box office any time after twelve, noon on the day of the event to pick up a ticket. Tickets must be presented at the door of the Bing Theater by 7:20 p.m. After this time, entrance to the theater is on a first come, first serve basis.

Hey, it’s free! And in a super cool venue. So what have you got to lose, other than some of your lack of culture.

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