Playboy Jazz Festival Announces 2018 Lineup

Festival to feature Charles Lloyd & the Marvels, Ramsey Lewis Quartet, Count Basie Orchestra and others

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd performs at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival image 2
Ken Franckling

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd performs at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has announced some of the headliners for the famous Playboy Jazz Festival, celebrating its 40th anniversary on June 9-10. Among the artists taking a turn on the revolving circular stage at the Hollywood Bowl are: Charles Lloyd & the Marvels (Julian Lage, Greg Leisz, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland) with Americana singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams; Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin; Tower of Power; the Count Basie Orchestra led by trumpeter Scotty Barnhart; Kneebody; and Daymé Arocena. The complete lineup will be announced on Feb. 21, the same day that tickets go on sale.

The emcee for the festival is comedian George Lopez, who took over for longtime host Bill Cosby six years ago.

For more information about the festival, visit the Hollywood Bowl website.

Read Matt Lohr’s review of the 2015 Playboy Jazz Festival