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All You Need To Know About This Jazz Festival

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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.

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The Playboy All-stars (Vol 3/A)

The First Playboy Jazz Festival introduced by Mort Sahl - (5m 16s)


Track 01 - Count Basie - Blues In Hoss Flat - (3m 11s)


Track 02 - Coleman Hawkins - Body and Soul - (6m 04s)


Track 03 - Shelly Manne - My Manne Shelley - (3m 34s)


Track 04 - Stan Getz - Bronx Blues - (5m 31s)


Track 05 - Four Freshmen - In This Whole Wide World - (2m 58s)


Track 06 - Erroll Garner - Mambo 207 - (4m 10s)


Track 07 - Jack Teagarden - When the Saints Go Marching In - (6m 38s)


Track 08 - JJ Johnson - Hello Young Lovers - (5m 16s)


Track 09 - Chet Baker - Twenties Late - (3m 48s)


Track 10 - Bob Brookmeyer - The Sheikh of Araby - (5m 01s)


Total - 51m 37s (Stereo)