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New location provides great setting for the many facets of the jazz genre
offering fans the best free music event in town
Now in its 16th year, the “Pasadena Summer Fest” keeps growing, and this
year moves its traditional Memorial Day weekend festivities to the Rose Bowl,
located at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive in Pasadena, CA.
On May 28, 29 and 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., the festival traditions
will remain the same with five great events presented simultaneously under
the “Pasadena Summer Fest at the Rose Bowl” banner: Playboy Jazz at the Rose
Bowl, the Family Fun Fest, A Taste of Summer, the Summer Art Fest and The
Sports Zone.
“Back in the early days, the audience was a scant thousand,” remembers
Pasadena Summer Fest producer Ray Leier, adding; “Now we can boast an impressive
attendance of well over 100,000 weekend visitors.” Darryl Dunn, General
Manager, Rose Bowl Operating Company, is pleased. “We’ve watched Summer Fest get
bigger each year, and we’re very happy that Ray Leier accepted our invitation
to use the Rose Bowl facilities. Our venue is not only spacious and rich in
history; it is also synonymous with family entertainment. It’s a perfect fit.”

“Playboy Jazz at the Rose Bowl” will be the first-ever jazz concert held at
the world-famous stadium. This annual free music event, presented at “
Pasadena Summer Fest,” will feature live performances all day long—-from
contemporary/smooth and traditional jazz, to R&B, blues, Afro-Cuban and Latin/salsa,
beginning at 11:00 a.m. daily.
“Since the Playboy Jazz Festival and the Pasadena Summer Fest teamed up to
bring a weekend of music, entertainment and fun to the Southland, our
collaboration has become a much-anticipated Memorial Day weekend tradition,” says
Bill Farley, Vice President, Marketing Events at Playboy Enterprises, Inc. “Our
events at Central Park and Brookside Park have attracted large and
enthusiastic crowds, and this year's move to the legendary Rose Bowl augurs well for
2005 to be our biggest and best year ever. Short of the Playboy Jazz Festival
itself, the Pasadena Summer Fest is the best place for jazz fans to enjoy the
music they love. And, best of all, it's free!”
“This Playboy Jazz Festival event has been an integral part of the “
Pasadena Summer Fest” for eleven straight years, and it just keeps getting bigger
and better. “We are thankful for the opportunity to present some of the best
talent seen collectively at a free outdoor event,” says Summer Fest producer
Ray Leier. “I am still amazed at how the event has grown. Before Playboy, we
presented a small two-day event that offered entertainment on a small stage, an
unexciting food court, a few rides and amusements for the kids and an art
show. Now we have five events under our banner. Together we have created good
chemistry and a great vibe!”
Free admission, rides, games and amusements, lots of good food and beverages
for sale, and parking is available for $10.00. The event will benefit local
schools and non-profit organizations in Pasadena and the surrounding area.
This year, festival-goers are encouraged to bring blankets, beach/lawn
chairs to the new location; there will be NO stadium seating available. However,
as in past years, NO umbrellas, canopies, coolers or picnic baskets,
backpacks, glass containers, cans, alcoholic beverages, audio recorders, video
cameras, barbecue grills or dogs will be allowed entry to the site, and smoking is
not allowed on the Rose Bowl lawn.
For additional information, visit the website at
or call the Summer Fest hotline at 626/797-0421.
Scheduled performances, not in order of appearance and subject to change,
are as follows: (Editor’s note: Biographical sketches and JPEGs are available,
via email.)
Saturday, May 28: Jeff Kashiwa and The Costal Access Band, popular smooth
jazz saxophonists and former Rippington’s sideman, penned ABC-TV’s “All My
Children theme song; jazz bassist Henry Franklin Group; Vocal Legacy featuring
Victor Fields and Clairdee, a double-header featuring two northern
California jazz singers with a passion for great old songs with a classic jazz, pop,
and urban contemporary twist; Oskar Cartaya & Enclave, passionate Puerto
Rican who’s ensemble perpetuates Latin jazz; The Hi-Fi Quintet, classic swingin’
cocktail-lounge sound; Trio Gonzalo, self-proclaimed musical legatees of
the gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, and Pasadena’s own John Muir High School
Jazz Band
Sunday, May 29: Ronnie Laws, award-winning and inventive non-traditional
jazz fusion alto-saxman; Bill Fulton Band, high-energy contemporary jazz band
that blends jazz, fusion, Latin and gospel; Odara, performing original
Afro-Cuban music that pays tribute to the traditional styles of Són, Rubma,
chachachá, guaguancó-son, bembe, and tumba Francesa; jazz vocalist Kristin Korb
sings in the tradition of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and plays bass with
the authority of Ray Brown; CJS Quintet, a melodic mix of be-bop classics
with classic straight-ahead acoustic jazz and original tunes, and winner of
first-ever Long Beach Jazz Search Competition; and the Chatsworth High School
Jazz Band
Monday, May 30: Soulful voiced Steve Oliver, the next superstar of Adult
Contemporary pop and smooth jazz, blends a charismatic mix of colorful
acoustic guitar melodies and wild vocal percussion; Rickey Woodard, one of the most
sought-after saxophonists on the scene today with a mellow but strong style
and impeccable chops; Taylor Eigsti, a 21-year old jazz pianist prodigy
plays with amazing technical precision and a soulful be-bop attack; Luis Conte,
Grammy-winning master of percussion and Afro-Cuban rhythms; Sandy Graham,
silky warm voiced jazz vocalist that caresses the lyrics with perfect
enunciation, and the Eagle Rock High School Jazz Band
This year’s other festivities will include the traditional favorites:
Family Fun Fest, presented by K-EARTH 101 , features rides, amusements and
interactive games, plus an entertainment stage showcasing ethnic dancers,
singers, storytellers, mimes, puppeteers, magicians, and oldies-but-goodies
performances. Rides, interactive games and amusements range from $1.00 to $5.00
and discount family pack tickets are available.
A Taste of Summer, presented by KLXS 97.1 FM and 93.1 JACK FM, offers
treats from restaurants, cafés and eateries from throughout Southern California.
Beverage selections include fruit drinks, iced teas and soft drinks; plus a
selection of wine, beer and frozen margaritas for adults. Food and beverage
selections range from $1.00 to $10.00.
Summer Art Fest, presented by KNX 1070 NewsRadio, showcases fine art,
prints and photography; gold and silver jewelry; hand-made clothing and wearable
art; sculpture; furniture; hand-blown glass, pottery, and ceramics; children’s
toys, furniture and clothing, and more.
The Sports Zone, presented by KFWB News 980, introduces L.A. sports teams
cheerleaders and dance squads, presents exhibitions of extreme sports
including BMX racing, inline, and skateboard ramp shows, offers sports buffs
interactive games, beat-the-pros contests, autograph signings and photo
opportunities. Interactive sports games, rides and amusements range from $1.00 to $5.00
and discount family pack tickets are available.
Playboy Jazz at the Rose Bowl is presented in cooperation with the 2005
Playboy Jazz Festival, KTWV The Wave and KKJZ 88.1 FM, and is supported in part
by the Recording Industry Music Performance Trust Fund. The Las Vegas
Convention and Visitor’s Authority sponsor this year’s “Playboy Jazz Festival.”
Darlene Chan, vice president of Festival Productions, Inc., produces the event.