Playboy Jazz Festival Announces Lineup for 35th Annual Event

George Lopez to replace Bill Cosby as MC

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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.

Single-day tickets can now be purchased here. For more general information, visit Playboy Jazz Festival.