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Boney James, Ramsey Lewis Play Playboy Jazz Festival

All right, enough with the “clever” jokes and puns about centerfolds, pin-ups and jazz. Here’s the actual news behind the innuendos: Playboy is continuing their support of the genre with the 27th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival, which will take place in Los Angeles on June 11 and 12.

The festival features a plethora of performers in genres ranging from big band and bop to blues, salsa and R&B. Highlighted performers this year include Boney James (pictured), Ramsey Lewis Trio, Joshua Redman Elastic Band, George Benson, Keb’ Mo’ and Israel “Cachao” Lopez y su Orquestra, among many, many others. And if mainstream jazz isn’t your thing, Hefner and Co. have performers such as the Jazz Tap Ensemble, daKah Hip-Hop Orchestra and R&B/jazz singer Ledisi to sate your thirst.

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