This weekend’s Playboy Jazz Festival is being dedicated to the memory of Frank Sinatra, displaying his name on the marquee, printing a tribute in the program and requesting that acts find a way to make a musical statement about the singer who died May 14 at the age of 82.
Playboy Jazz president Richard Rosenzweig said Arturo Sandoval is the first to offer a nod to Ol’ Blue Eyes. The Cuban trumpeter, who appeared on Sinatra’s “Duets” album, is unveiling a big band project at the Hollywood Bowl fest and will perform “My Way.”
“That’s the kind of thing we’re looking for,” Rosenzweig said. Two years ago, Ella Fitzgerald died the morning of the fest’s first day, and although her name was mentioned by a few acts, there were no musical tributes.
The Playboy Jazz Fest runs Saturday, with Al Jarreau and Wynton Marsalis headlining, and Sunday with Little Feat and Fourplay topping a 10-act bill.