THIS WEEKEND – The 37th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival – Los Angeles jazz concert review

Playboy Jazz Fest

From Miles Davis to Ella Fitzgerald, the Playboy Jazz Festival has hosted the biggest names in jazz during its three-decade history. Now in its 37th year, this coming weekend will be dominated by Jazz artists of all stripes. The two days of concerts are set for June 13th and 14th at the world famous Hollywood Bowl.

Enjoy these internationally famous Jazz greats in a beautiful outdoor setting. Comedian George Lopez, star of the hit sitcom George Lopez and host of the talk show Lopez Tonight, will take the stage as the master of ceremonies.

Saturday, June 13, at 3 PM

George Lopez, master of ceremonies

Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and the Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble
Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Band with special invited guests Ronnie Cuber, Alfredo de la Fe, Donald Harrison, Joe Locke
Aloe Blacc
Tower of Power
Jason Moran: Fats Waller Dance Party
Celebrating Gerald Wilson Orchestra under the direction of Anthony Wilson
Melissa Aldana
Morgan James
A Sacred Steel Love Supreme: The Campbell Brothers present “A Love Supreme”
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Pat Bass

Sunday, June 14, at 3 PM

George Lopez, master of ceremonies

Terence Blanchard E-Collective
The Dizzy Gillespie™ Big Band under the direction of John Lee
Snarky Puppy
King Sunny Ade and his African Beats
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Blue Note 75TH Anniversary Presents: Our Point of View featuring Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland and Ambrose Akinmusire
The Jones Family Singers
The LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All-City Jazz Big Band under the direction of Tony White and J.B. Dyas

Hollywood Bowl

Go here for tickets.




Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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