Quincy Jones, new Playboy Jazz Festival emcee George Lopez and Herbie Hancock, one of this year’s headliners
The 35th anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl June 15-16 will be hosted by comedian George Lopez. He replaces Bill Cosby who retired after emceeing the veritable who’s who of the jazz world two-day concert since its inception.
At a Holmby Hills conference in the Playboy Mansion, a diverse mix of jazz greats, next generation leaders and festival favorites was announced for the upcoming event.
Returning to the Playboy stage, two-time Grammy-winning pianist and keyboardist George Duke will appear as a special guest with R&B/pop singer Jeffrey Osborne, who is making his festival debut.
The pair reunited on Osborne’s latest release, A Time For Love, a collection of songs expressing Osborne’s longtime appreciation for jazz standards.
Duke (who has served as musical director and producer for such artists as Dianne Reeves, Anita Baker, Gladys Knight and more) also produced Osborne’s breakthrough solo album Stay With Me Tonight and his hit singles We’re Going All The Way and You Should Be Mine among others.
Also back is Naturally 7, who made their festival debut in 2010, returning to for a world premiere performance with Herbie Hancock as a special guest.
Emmy and Grammy-nominated singer/percussionist Sheila E. is returning for the second time as the leader of her own group in a rare back-to-back appearance.
She has previously performed at the Festival with her legendary father, percussionist Pete Escovedo and their family band, with whom she still tours.
Reuniting since their Grammy Award-winning dual recording Double Vision in the mid-’80s, keyboardist Bob James and saxophonist David Sanborn will share the Playboy stage together for the first time as part of their summer tour. The pair will be joined by drummer Steve Gadd and bassist James Genus.
Single-day tickets are available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com, over the phone at 213-365-3500, at any Ticketmaster outlet or by downloading a ticket order form available at www.playboyjazzfestival.com.
There is also a link to the Ticketmaster website on the Playboy Jazz Festival website.