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First Performers Announced for 2020 Playboy Jazz Festival

Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, Dave Holland's Crosscurrents Trio, and Azar Lawrence are among the initial artists

Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science
Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science (photo: Delphine Diallo)

The 42nd edition of the Playboy Jazz Festival will include performances from Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science; the Crosscurrents Trio with Dave Holland, Chris Potter, and Zakir Hussain; Azar Lawrence; and many more at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Calif., on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2020.

The festival, presented for the seventh year by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, has been held annually at the Hollywood Bowl since 1979. It has been hosted since 2013 by comedian George Lopez, who will continue his master of ceremonies role this year.

Priding itself on its diverse and contemporary lineup, the Playboy Jazz Festival will also include soul ensemble St. Paul and the Broken Bones, legendary R&B band the Isley Brothers, Afrobeat icons Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, singer José James, and more in its 2020 edition.

The festival’s full lineup will be announced on February 18, with tickets going on sale that same day.

The Playboy Jazz Festival was founded in Chicago in 1959 by the late Hugh Hefner, founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine. However, it was initially conceived as a one-off festival, not becoming an annual event until 1979, when it was presented for the first time at the Hollywood Bowl, a 17,500-seat venue that has occupied a natural amphitheater in the Hollywood Hills since its opening in 1922. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association began presenting the festival in 2014.


For more information on the 2020 Playboy Jazz Festival, visit its website.