Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.
This is the twenty-fourth year of the festival, by all objective standards an entertaining, influential, top-talent all weekend long extravaganza. (…And if you want to read interesting articles subscribe to the New Yorker.)
The program opened with the LA Multi-School Jazz Band. While they played I was walking up the hill from Franklin. Then came this singer, Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Band. They were swing-y and great. Next up was the Charles Mingus 80th Birthday Tribute Big Band that was very good in that straight-away way.