Playboy Jazz Festival Announces Lineup for 35th Annual Event
George Lopez to replace Bill Cosby as MC
The 35th anniversary edition of the Playboy Jazz Festival will take place on Father’s Day weekend, June 15-16, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. In addition to announcing the scheduled performers, the festival revealed yesterday that comedian/actor George Lopez will be the master of ceremonies, replacing Bill Cosby, who had hosted the event for over three decades.
This year’s lineup reflects the festival’s typically R&B- and world-friendly bent. Among the performers on the 15th will be 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; and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble.
Artists scheduled to perform on June 16 include Sheila E.; Bob James and David Sanborn featuring Steve Gadd and James Genus; India.Arie; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra Celebrates Quincy Jones’ 80th Birthday with special guests Patti Austin and Hubert Laws; Taj Mahal and the Real Thing Tuba Band; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Brubeck Brothers Quartet; ELEW (Eric Lewis) and the JazzAntiqua Dance Ensemble (Pat Taylor, artistic director); and the LAUSD Beyond the Bell Jazz Band.