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Review: Playboy Jazz Festival 2014

From fusion to Fantasia, a cross-section of styles

Dave Holland, 2014 Playboy Jazz Festival
Al Jarreau, Ndugu Chancler, Byron Miller, Stanley Clarke, John "Lil John" Roberts and Josie James--Playboy Jazz Festival 2014
Antonio "Huggy Bear" Fargas with the New Jump Blues--Playboy Jazz Festival 2014, Hollywood Bowl
Arturo Sandoval and Wayne Bergeron, Playboy Jazz Festival June 2014
Dianne Reeves and Al Jarreau, Playboy Jazz Festival 2014, Hollywood Bowl
Emilio Saurez, Laura Lydia Gonzalez and Gilceria Gonzalez from Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars, Playboy Jazz Festival 2014
Fantasia at the 2014 Playboy Jazz Festival
George Benson at the 2014 Playboy Jazz Festival, Hollywood Bowl
George Lopez and Jamie Cullum, Playboy Jazz Festival June 2014
Henry Butler at the 2014 Playboy Jazz Festival
Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Playboy Jazz Festival, Hollywood Bowl, 2014
Monica Mancini and the Arturo Sandoval Big Band, Playboy Jazz Festival 2014
Shamie Royston, Tia Fuller and Terreon Gully, Playboy Jazz Festival 2014
Steven Bernstein leading Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9, Playboy Jazz Festival 2014
Stanley Clarke, Playboy Jazz Festival 2014
Jamie Cullum, Playboy Jazz Festival, Hollywood Bowl 2014

Jekyll and Hyde might be too strong a description of the 2014 Playboy Jazz Festival

at the coliseum-like Hollywood Bowl. Nonetheless, the two days of the event’s 36th installment, hosted by comedian/actor George Lopez for the second year, were different in theme and scope. Saturday, June 14, the opening day, incorporated a melding of jazz variations. In comparison, Sunday abounded with blues, Cuban, fusion, contemporary, funk and pop stylists, with a scant amount of mainstream jazz.

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