Archive for May 9, 2013


Jazz is a splendid genre born of African and European roots and come to beautiful fruition amidst Southern black communities in the tumultuous times afflicting such communities in the early 20th century United States. Not just its sound, but its mere existence, speaks to powerful cultural roots oft overlooked or brushed aside by other genres that have risen to popularity since.

The Playboy Jazz Festival is an annual fest that seeks to honor this tradition while offering a stage with which new artists of the genre can be heard. It is a festival with a history going back over half a century and it remains popular to this day.

Don’t miss the 35th Anniversary! Come celebrate with Playboy and an amazing all-star lineup of the best jazz musicians around.

35th Anniversary Line-Up

Saturday, June 15: 3:00-11:00 p.m.
George Lopez, master of ceremonies

George Duke with special guest Jeffrey Osborne

Naturally 7 with special guest Herbie Hancock

Angelique Kidjo with special guest Hugh Masekela

Olé Coltrane featuring Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band with special guest James Carter

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band with special guest Lee Ritenour

Gregory Porter

Robert Glasper Experiment

Grace Kelly Quintet with special guest Phil Woods

Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jason Goldman

Also coming to Hollywood Bowl this summer:

Smooth Summer Jazz: Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour 2013: Sunday, August 18, 2013 – 6:00pm
Diana Ross: Saturday, August 3, 2013 – 8:00pm
Sergio Mendes • Herb Alpert & Lani Hall: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 – 8:00pm
Steve Martin • Preservation Hall Jazz Band • Madeleine Peyroux: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 – 8:00pm
An Evening with Natalie Cole: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – 8:00pm

Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, California 90068