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A lot of chitchat — and some music — at Playboy Jazz Festival
A lot of chitchat — and some music — at Playboy Jazz Festival

The Playboy Jazz Festival requires stamina. The crowd at the Hollywood Bowl never had more than a 30-second break from the moment the first band started at 3 p.m. Saturday until the last note echoed up the hill just before 11. The rotating stage traded one rumbling bass player for another without a hitch, a tremendous innovation that allowed twice as many bands to play in a night but prompted the crowd to stretch and socialize during performances — waves of distraction that some musicians handled better than others. Within the first hour Saturday, host George Lopez was already hoarse yelling out to the sun-drenched revelers. Tia Fuller appeared on soprano saxophone to relieve the...

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