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“Interviewing a host of musicians, magazine and club personnel, and former Bunnies, Patty Farmer, the author of new book Playboy Swings!: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed The Face of Music, pieces together a fascinating tale of daring innovation that also led to a trailblazing TV show, a popular music festival, and a chain of high-end nightclubs, all of which served to push Hef’s first true love – jazz – further into the mainstream.”


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Don’s American Songbook




On October 25, 2015, I had the great pleasure to spend a couple of hours talking music with the wonderful Don Romano of Don’s American Songbook.  We spent some time talking about Playboy Swings and playing some music.  Here is the link to the show:



What a treat visiting with Nick Digilio and talking about Playboy Swings.  Thank you Nick for taking an interest.


Take a listen to WGN’s Nick Digilio interview me about Playboy Swings through my YouTube channel by clicking here.



The Jake Feinberg Show – The Patty Farmer Interview

The Jeff Seinberg Show

The Jeff Seinberg Show


My first guest today has written the definitive book on Hugh Hefner and The Playboy Clubs’ impact on music and social justice. The book is entitled “Playboy Swings” and it hits shelves this coming week. Patty Farmer welcome to the JFS.

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Word Balloon’s John Siuntres interviews Author Patty Farmer

Word Balloon with John Siuntres

Word Balloon with John Siuntres


On December 6th, 2015, John Siuntres of Word Balloon interviewed Author Patty Farmer about her new book, Playboy Swings: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face of Music.  Playboy Swings, a great look at Playboy’s prime decade the 1960’s which saw the magazine evolve into the definition of cool.  John and Patty talk about the Playboy clubs and their influences in jazz music comedy and the emerging causes of civil rights and women’s liberation.

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Doug Miles Media with book talk guest Patty Farmer

Straight No Chaser – A Jazz Show

Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

Straight No Chaser – A Jazz Show


Since the launch of Playboy magazine in 1953, two elements have been remarkably consistent: the first is the celebration of the world’s most beautiful & desirable women and the second is its involvement with music.  If we are to believe Hugh Hefner, thePlayboy experience was never to have been just about sex—it was about lifestyle. And music—particularly the finest jazz, a personal passion of founder  Hefner’s—has always been an essential component of that lifestyle.

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Radio interview on 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati

91.7 WVXU Cincinnati

91.7 WVXU Cincinnati


While Playboy may be changing some of the visual content in its magazine, there’s no denying the impact it has made to music, particularly jazz, over the decades.  Ron Esposito talks with Patty Farmer, the author of the new book Playboy Swings: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face of Music.

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INTERVIEW – PATTY FARMER, PLAYBOY SWINGS Wednesday, 07 October 2015 12:21 Written by Mark Wigmore




Should the jazz community be thanking Playboy magazine, or should Playboy be thanking the classy cool of hundreds of jazz musicians?

Author Patty Farmer investigates that heady query in her new book,Playboy Swings: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face of Music. The book is available online and in book stores now.

For decades, Playboy and Hugh Hefner have been instrumental in promoting jazz with the Playboy Jazz clubs, Jazz Festival, Playboy-produced jazz recordings, television programs, and the wildly popular Playboy Jazz Poll.

What did Hugh Hefner get in return for his jazz investment? He was able to craft an aesthetic based on the look, feel, and lifestyle he recognized in his jazz heroes.

That symbiotic relationship is explored in meticulous depth in Patty Farmer’s almost encyclopedic recounting. Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore spoke to her from New York City.