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Lineup for 42nd Playboy Jazz Festival Is Complete

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band are among the latest names added to the June event

Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Newport Jazz Festival, August 3, 2019
Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Newport Jazz Festival, August 3, 2019 (photo: Marek Lazarski)

The Playboy Jazz Festival has unveiled the full, final lineup for what will be its 42nd edition—to be held June 6 and 7 at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Newly announced additions to the festival lineup include Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphony; Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah; Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band; the Gerald Clayton Quintet; the Lao Tizer Band featuring Eric Marienthal, Tita Hutchinson, Gene Coye, Ric Fierabracci, Munyungo Jackson, and Jeff Marshall; the Los Angeles High School for the Arts Jazz Ensembles; and the LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All-City Jazz Big Band, directed by Tony White and J.B. Dyas.

These artists join the previously announced appearances by St. Paul and the Broken Bones; the Isley Brothers; Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science; Musiq Soulchild; the Crosscurrents Trio featuring Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain, and Chris Potter; Bokanté; Artemis featuring Renee Rosnes, Anat Cohen, Ingrid Jensen, Nicole Glover, Noriko Ueda, and Allison Miller; Cimafunk; Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child”; Femi Kuti and the Positive Force; Lean on Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers; Incognito; and the Azar Lawrence Experience.

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.

The Playboy Jazz Festival will be hosted by comedian George Lopez.

Tickets are now available for purchase at the Playboy Jazz Festival’s website.