The Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival

The Hollywood Bowl’s Jazz Festival is back on June 16, 17, 2023 (both days beginning at 3:30pm). I reviewed this event back in 2019 when it was previously known as the Playboy Jazz FestivalCLICK HERE to read a review on our sister site – – or go to the Stories Section – under Arts (Annual Events drop-down). 

Co-curated by jazz titans Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington, the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival will be hosted by Arsenio Hall.  Among the acts scheduled to perform at the two-day festival are Kamasi Washington, Aziza, Poncho Sanchez, LACHSA Jazz, Leon Bridges, Bell Biv DeVoe, Big Freedia, The Soul Rebels, Gretchen Parlato, Poncho Sanchez, Lionel Loueke, Butcher Brown, Andrew Gouche, West Coast Get Down, and more.

Admission starts at $41.00; Visit the website for more info and to purchase tickets;


More info about the Hollywood Bowl 

Since its opening in 1922, the Hollywood Bowl has been the premier destination for live music in Southern California. Legendary acts have performed at the Bowl. The list is long – from Billie Holiday to The Beatles to Yo-Yo Ma. All under the iconic silhouette of its concentric-arched band shell. Janet Jackson, with special guest Ludacris is set to open the summer season in June  2023.

Summer Season 2023 at the Bowl 

The Hollywood Bowl 2023 lineup reflects the excitement audiences experience each year returning to the LA Phil’s spectacular summer home with superstar names in music, blockbuster films with live orchestra and nights dedicated to jazz, blues, R&B, classical, rock and more. The LA Phil continues its tradition of presenting classical concerts under the stars with LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel conducting the orchestra and a roster of star-studded guest artists. Jazz Plus nights offer an eclectic trip through the world of jazz, blues, R&B and beyond, with LA Phil Creative Chair for Jazz Herbie Hancock at the helm.

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West Coast Get Down to perform at Hollywood Bowl’s Jazz Festival; photo by Richard Bilow

LA Phil Chief Content and Engagement Officer Renae Williams Niles said, “There is no place like the Hollywood Bowl on a summer night, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back for another unforgettable season of music led by the extraordinary vision of Gustavo Dudamel.

CLICK HERE to find out more about past events at the Hollywood Bowl.

What: Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival
Where: The Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
When: June 16- June 17, 2023, 3:30pm (both days)