The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association presents the 41st annual Playboy Jazz Festival, June 8-9, 2019 at the Hollywood Bowl. It is the LA Phil’s sixth year presenting the event, and in keeping with tradition, the Festival will feature an extraordinary and eclectic slate of jazz-and-beyond artists as well as renowned superstars of the genre. If you have not attended…you must. Read my review of the 2019 Playboy Jazz Festival on the Performance Reviews Page, under the Music drop-down.
Image courtesy of the Hollywood Bowl/Playboy Jazz Festival

Performers scheduled to appear include R&B soul funk pioneers Kool & The Gang, legendary jazz and blues rocker Boz Scaggs, banjo master and bluegrass crossovers Béla Fleck and The Flecktones, trailblazing jazz/funk/soul saxophonist Maceo Parker: It’s All About Love, Starring Maceo Parker & Featuring the Maceo Parker Big Band, Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated Jazz Trumpeter/Composer Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective and special guest Quiana Lynell, The Cookers featuring Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Donald Harrison, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart, world music diva Angélique Kidjo, New Orleans favorites the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, legendary saxophonist Benny Golson’s 90th Birthday Quartet, The Family Stone featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and original founding member of Sly & The Family Stone, Jerry Martini and featuring Phunne Stone, perennial crowd-pleasing singer and percussionist Sheila E., David Bowie collaborator and innovative saxophonist Donny McCaslin – Blow, producing wunderkind and singer-songwriter-musician-of-all trades Terrace Martin, West African griot and kora player Sona Jobarteh, Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa Quartet featuring Ruy López-Nussa, Luques Curtis, Mayquel Gonzalez, emerging vocalist Michael Mayo, all-female Jazzers Jazz in Pink, Valencia Vikings High School Two N’ Four Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Christine Tavares-Mocha and The LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All-City Jazz Big Band under the direction of Tony White.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band; photo courtesy of the Hollywood Bowl/Playboy Jazz Festival

A special Celebration honoring the late Ndugu Chancler will also take place…Celebrating Nudgu Chancler with Patrice Rushen, MD, and guests Ernie Watts, Alphonso Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Doc Powell, Byron Miller, Munyungo Jackson, Rayford Griffin, Josie James, TC Carson.

George Lopez will once again host the event, marking the seventh year of his involvement with the Festival. The full lineup of talent announced today is in tandem with the schedule for the complete Hollywood Bowl Summer 2019 season.

Check the website for the full lineup and additional info. If you love jazz, CLICK HERE to find out about this year’s Jazz at the Bowl Series.

What: Playboy Jazz Festival
Where: The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, LA, 90068
When: June 8, 9, 2019; 3:00pm