The 37th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival | June 13th & 14th, 2015

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LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC PRESENTS 37TH ANNUAL PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL

SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2015
SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2015

ARRAY OF PERFORMERS INCLUDE CELEBRATED ICONS, EMERGING ARTISTS AND NEW TO THE FESTIVAL TALENT

Headliners include: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and the Monk Institute Ensemble, Tower of Power, Ledisi, Terence Blanchard E-Collective, Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Band and Ozomatli

Festival will also pay tribute to the late Gerald Wilson with the Celebrating Gerald Wilson Orchestra under the direction of Anthony Wilson

George Lopez to host for the third year in a row

Los Angeles, CA (March 3, 2015) – The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced today the line-up for the 37th annual Playboy Jazz Festival, to be held Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, 2015, at the Hollywood Bowl. An internationally acclaimed event, the Playboy Jazz Festival is one of the premier jazz festivals in the United States and attracts audiences from across the globe.

Featuring an unparalleled mix of illustrious jazz greats, next generation leaders and Festival perennials, this year’s headliners include festival alums Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, who will be performing with the Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble, festival favorites Tower of Power and Ozomatli, Grammy Award-winning jazz and R&B singer Ledisi, Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Band with special invited guests Ronnie Cuber, Alfredo De La Fe, Donald Harrison and Joe Locke and Terence Blanchard debuting his new band, the Terence Blanchard E-Collective.

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They will be joined by Aloe Blacc, The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band under the direction of John Lee, Snarky Puppy, festival favorites King Sunny Ade and his African Beats, Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party, New Orleans and festival faves Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Presents: Our Point of View featuring Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland and Ambrose Akinmusire, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, Morgan James, A Sacred Steel Love Supreme: The Campbell Brothers present “A Love Supreme,” The Jones Family Singers, the award-winning Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Pat Bass and, making their annual appearance, The LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All-City Jazz Big Band under the direction of Tony White and J.B. Dyas.

Aloe Blacc

A very special celebratory tribute to the late jazz giant Gerald Wilson will feature the Celebrating Gerald Wilson Orchestra under the direction of Anthony Wilson, Gerald’s son.

An impressive number of artists and special guest collaborations will also be making their debuts at Playboy this year, including Aloe Blacc, Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party, A Sacred Steel Love Supreme: The Campbell Brothers present “A Love Supreme” (gospel and steel guitar tribute to John Coltrane), The Jones Family Singers and emerging artists Snarky Puppy, Morgan James, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio and Blue Note 75th Anniversary Presents: Our Point of View featuring Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland and Ambrose Akinmusire.

Robert Glasper - 2015

A legend in the pantheon of music festivals, the Playboy Jazz Festival has featured the talents of artists ranging from legends such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie to today’s hottest stars and contemporary artists including Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, The Roots, Esperanza Spalding and Trombone Shorty. Now in its 37th year, the Playboy Jazz Festival will once again feature two days of extraordinary musical performances with multi-talented entertainer George Lopez hosting for the third year in a row.

Herbie Hancock by Douglas_Kirkland

Festival West Inc., will be producing the Playboy Jazz Festival for the 37th consecutive year, in association with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Subscriptions are available now for the Playboy Jazz Festival 2015 at HollywoodBowl.com or Ticketmaster.com, or via phone at 323.850.2000 or 800.745.3000 and in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office. Single tickets will be available March 3, 2015. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.

Ledisi - The Truth 2014 - Cropped

For more information on the 2015 Playboy Jazz Festival as well as artist biographies and photographs, please visit: http://HollywoodBowl.com/PlayboyJazz.

One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz offerings. The venue offers something for everyone, from its sizzling summer evening concerts to the daytime arts festival for children, “SummerSounds: World Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl,” now in its 47th season. In February 2015, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the eleventh year in a row at the 25th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer. http://www.HollywoodBowl.com

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PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL 2015
ARTIST LINE-UP

Saturday, June 13 – 3:00-11:00PM
Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and the Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble
Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Band with special invited guests Ronnie Cuber, Alfredo De La Fe, Donald Harrison, Joe Locke
Aloe Blacc
Tower of Power
Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party
Celebrating Gerald Wilson Orchestra under the direction of Anthony Wilson
Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio
Morgan James
A Sacred Steel Love Supreme: The Campbell Brothers Present “A Love Supreme”
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Pat Bass

Sunday, June 14 – 3:00-10:30PM
Ledisi
Terence Blanchard E-Collective
Ozomatli
The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band under the direction of John Lee
Snarky Puppy
King Sunny Ade and his African Beats
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Blue Note 75th Anniversary Presents: Our Point of View featuring Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland and Ambrose Akinmusire
The Jones Family Singers
The LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All-City Jazz Big Band under the direction of Tony White and J.B. Dyas

Master of Ceremonies
George Lopez

Produced in association with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association by FestivalWest Inc

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