Chicago, the summer of ‘59, just across from the South Side famous for its 20's and 30's jazz scene stands the Chicago Stadium. Venue for ……
"The Greatest Three Days In The History Of Jazz"
This was the first Playboy Jazz Festival. The first American indoor jazz festival, drawing more than 70,000 fans for five shows over three days between August 7th and 9th 1959.
The three-day event saw Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Oscar Peterson, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins and many more. It would be 20 years before Playboy would host another such festival.
At 1800, West Madison Street, the Chicago Stadium became venue for the first Playboy Jazz Festival.