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Playboy Jazz Festival features free concert this Sunday

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It’s almost summer. That means plenty of warm weather and cool outdoor concerts. Today in Woodland Hills, “Playboy Jazz in Warner Park” features jazz pianist and vocalist Diane Schuur. She’ll be performing music from her new album, Some Other Time.

KPCC’s Larry Mantle asked her what generates the themes and ideas behind her recordings. Schuur said she and her manager, Mark Silag, collaborate.

Diane Schuur: "We are able to come up with some really cool ideas, which is really staying in the basics where jazz is. And, of course, that keeps the jazz police very happy. I don’t know [laughing] if some of you know what that means, but you know there are a lot of jazz purists out there that really like it best when I do the traditional jazz."

Jazz drummer Ed Shaughnessy and Latin jazz violinist Susie Hansen and her band are also scheduled to perform. The El Camino High School Jazz will open the show. It begins at 4:30 this afternoon at Warner Park on Topanga Canyon Boulevard. It’s free, sponsored by the Playboy Jazz Festival that rolls out next weekend at the Hollywood Bowl.