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'Playboy Swings'

BLOGARRHEA: Making a Good Case for Hugh Hefner as a Jazz Champion in 'Playboy Swings' >>

There's a story in the new book, 'Playboy Swings: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face of Music,' (Beaufort Books) by Patty Farmer from 1963: The New York City Playboy club had just opened. Tony Bennett would go there almost every night and, invariably, he'd bring his famous friends with him including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Curtis, Dean Martin, Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor and Sammy Davis, Jr. Bunny Teddy was working the night Sinatra showed up...

Debbie Harry

Blondie's Debbie Harry Adds Show to Café Carlyle Debut >>

Legendary singer Debbie Harry of Blondie will be adding two additional shows to her currently sold out Café Carlyle debut the upcoming March.

UPDATE: Jazz Saxophonist Rob Vineberg Implicated in Selling Heroin that Killed Philip Seymour Hoffman >>

The presence of heroin in the jazz has always proved staggering. It claimed the life of greats like Charlie Parker, and now, less than great saxophonist Robert Vineberg is suspected to have sold the lethal dose of heroin that took Philip Seymour Hoffman's life.

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