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Playboy Jazz Festival Lineup Announced for 2018

Charles Lloyd, Ramsey Lewis, Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin to headline 40th fest

Charles Lloyd - a headliner at the 2018 Playboy Jazz Festival
Charles Lloyd

The 40th annual Playboy Jazz Festival will be held June 9-10, 2018 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA. Of the many artists scheduled to appear at the world-famous amphitheater over those two days, perhaps the most noteworthy pairing is of Charles Lloyd and his band the Marvels (featuring Bill Frisell, Stuart Mathis, Reuben Rogers, and Eric Harland) with singer/songwriter and Americana specialist Lucinda Williams.

Other performers of special interest to JazzTimes readers include the Ramsey Lewis Quintet, Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin, Snarky Puppy, Tower of Power (celebrating its 50th anniversary), the Miles Electric Band, the Edmar Castañeda Quartet with special guest Grégoire Maret, the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Scotty Barnhart, Daymé Arocena, Richard Bona and Mandekan Cubano, Kneebody, and 17-year-old pianist Matthew Whitaker.

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