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Playboy Jazz jams the Hollywood Bowl

Father's Day weekend fest draws 35,000 fans

Posted: June 20, 2008 9:01 p.m.
Updated: August 21, 2008 5:03 a.m.
On Saturday at the Playboy Jazz Festival, New Orleans' Dr. John and The Lower 911 drop songs like "Time for a Change" from their new "City That Care Forgot" album. On Saturday at the Playboy Jazz Festival, New Orleans' Dr. John and The Lower 911 drop songs like "Time for a Change" from their new "City That Care Forgot" album.
On Saturday at the Playboy Jazz Festival, New Orleans' Dr. John and The Lower 911 drop songs like "Time for a Change" from their new "City That Care Forgot" album.
Jeff Golub, Peter White and Jessy J of Guitars & Saxes take the front line to exchange solos during the band's Playboy Jazz Festival set Father's Day weekend at the Hollywood Bowl. Jeff Golub, Peter White and Jessy J of Guitars & Saxes take the front line to exchange solos during the band's Playboy Jazz Festival set Father's Day weekend at the Hollywood Bowl.
Jeff Golub, Peter White and Jessy J of Guitars & Saxes take the front line to exchange solos during the band's Playboy Jazz Festival set Father's Day weekend at the Hollywood Bowl.
Legendary Brazilian guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves sits in with Grammy-winning countryman Ivan Lins in the pair's first Playboy Jazz Festival performance. Legendary Brazilian guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves sits in with Grammy-winning countryman Ivan Lins in the pair's first Playboy Jazz Festival performance.
Legendary Brazilian guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves sits in with Grammy-winning countryman Ivan Lins in the pair's first Playboy Jazz Festival performance.
Plena Libre brings sizzling Puerto Rican rhythms to the Hollywood Bowl and gets the crowd on its feet during the 30th anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival. Plena Libre brings sizzling Puerto Rican rhythms to the Hollywood Bowl and gets the crowd on its feet during the 30th anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival.
Plena Libre brings sizzling Puerto Rican rhythms to the Hollywood Bowl and gets the crowd on its feet during the 30th anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival.
Dee Dee Bridgewater bridges Malian rhythms and American jazz in a live performance of songs from her latest album, "A Malian Journey." Dee Dee Bridgewater bridges Malian rhythms and American jazz in a live performance of songs from her latest album, "A Malian Journey."
Dee Dee Bridgewater bridges Malian rhythms and American jazz in a live performance of songs from her latest album, "A Malian Journey."
Jazz/pop legend Al Jarreau scats while playing air saxophone Saturday night during the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Jazz/pop legend Al Jarreau scats while playing air saxophone Saturday night during the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.
Jazz/pop legend Al Jarreau scats while playing air saxophone Saturday night during the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.
The 15-woman Diva Jazz Orchestra, led by drummer Shari Maricle, bring a hard-charging contemporary approach to big band jazz at the 30th anniversay Playboy Jazz Festival Father's Day weekend at the Hollywood Bowl. The 15-woman Diva Jazz Orchestra, led by drummer Shari Maricle, bring a hard-charging contemporary approach to big band jazz at the 30th anniversay Playboy Jazz Festival Father's Day weekend at the Hollywood Bowl.
The 15-woman Diva Jazz Orchestra, led by drummer Shari Maricle, bring a hard-charging contemporary approach to big band jazz at the 30th anniversay Playboy Jazz Festival Father's Day weekend at the Hollywood Bowl.
What is hip? Larry Braggs, lead singer of Tower of Power, reminds us how timeless the band's East Bay grease is, spreading it all over the Hollywood Bowl stage during the 30th anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival. What is hip? Larry Braggs, lead singer of Tower of Power, reminds us how timeless the band's East Bay grease is, spreading it all over the Hollywood Bowl stage during the 30th anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival.
What is hip? Larry Braggs, lead singer of Tower of Power, reminds us how timeless the band's East Bay grease is, spreading it all over the Hollywood Bowl stage during the 30th anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival.
Tower of Power's horn section was tight beyond tight at the Hollywood Bowl. They'd stop on a dime and give you nine cents change, to paraphrase a classic line (from "Sneakers") by Playboy Jazz Festival emcee Bill Cosby. Tower of Power's horn section was tight beyond tight at the Hollywood Bowl. They'd stop on a dime and give you nine cents change, to paraphrase a classic line (from "Sneakers") by Playboy Jazz Festival emcee Bill Cosby.
Tower of Power's horn section was tight beyond tight at the Hollywood Bowl. They'd stop on a dime and give you nine cents change, to paraphrase a classic line (from "Sneakers") by Playboy Jazz Festival emcee Bill Cosby.
Bassist Marcus Miller chills backstage before joining Herbie Hancock for an all-star version of Hancock's "Rockit." Bassist Marcus Miller chills backstage before joining Herbie Hancock for an all-star version of Hancock's "Rockit."
Bassist Marcus Miller chills backstage before joining Herbie Hancock for an all-star version of Hancock's "Rockit."
Gerald Albright brings his funky R&B-styled alto sax playing to the Hollywood Bowl stage as a member of the Guitars & Saxes lineup with Jeff Golub, Peter White and Jeff Lorber. Gerald Albright brings his funky R&B-styled alto sax playing to the Hollywood Bowl stage as a member of the Guitars & Saxes lineup with Jeff Golub, Peter White and Jeff Lorber.
Gerald Albright brings his funky R&B-styled alto sax playing to the Hollywood Bowl stage as a member of the Guitars & Saxes lineup with Jeff Golub, Peter White and Jeff Lorber.
Trumpeter Rick Braun and tenor sax player Richard Elliot, teamed as R n R, worked the Hollywood Bowl audience into a frenzy Saturday evening at the 30th anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival. Trumpeter Rick Braun and tenor sax player Richard Elliot, teamed as R n R, worked the Hollywood Bowl audience into a frenzy Saturday evening at the 30th anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival.
Trumpeter Rick Braun and tenor sax player Richard Elliot, teamed as R n R, worked the Hollywood Bowl audience into a frenzy Saturday evening at the 30th anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival.
After songs from his Grammy-winning "River: The Joni Letters," Herbie Hancock breaks out his key-tar for a rare performance of "Rockit" at the Playboy Jazz Festival Sunday night. After songs from his Grammy-winning "River: The Joni Letters," Herbie Hancock breaks out his key-tar for a rare performance of "Rockit" at the Playboy Jazz Festival Sunday night.
After songs from his Grammy-winning "River: The Joni Letters," Herbie Hancock breaks out his key-tar for a rare performance of "Rockit" at the Playboy Jazz Festival Sunday night.
Stax soul legend Eddie Floyd joins the Pancho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band to sing Floyd's classic "Knock on Wood" plus "Raise Your Hand," the title track from Sanchez' latest album. Floyd guests on both tracks. Stax soul legend Eddie Floyd joins the Pancho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band to sing Floyd's classic "Knock on Wood" plus "Raise Your Hand," the title track from Sanchez' latest album. Floyd guests on both tracks.
Stax soul legend Eddie Floyd joins the Pancho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band to sing Floyd's classic "Knock on Wood" plus "Raise Your Hand," the title track from Sanchez' latest album. Floyd guests on both tracks.
Playboy Jazz Festival godfather Hugh Hefner soaks up the rays and music in a front-row box at the Bowl, accompanied by "Girls Next Door" (from left) Bridget, Holly and Kendra. Playboy Jazz Festival godfather Hugh Hefner soaks up the rays and music in a front-row box at the Bowl, accompanied by "Girls Next Door" (from left) Bridget, Holly and Kendra.
Playboy Jazz Festival godfather Hugh Hefner soaks up the rays and music in a front-row box at the Bowl, accompanied by "Girls Next Door" (from left) Bridget, Holly and Kendra.
Playboy Jazz Festival emcee Bill Cosby sits in with his namesake aggregation, The COS of Good Music, Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl. Playboy Jazz Festival emcee Bill Cosby sits in with his namesake aggregation, The COS of Good Music, Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl.
Playboy Jazz Festival emcee Bill Cosby sits in with his namesake aggregation, The COS of Good Music, Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl.
Trumpet player, arranger and bandleader Ray Hargrove brings a contemporary edge to big-band jazz during the 30th anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival. Trumpet player, arranger and bandleader Ray Hargrove brings a contemporary edge to big-band jazz during the 30th anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival.
Trumpet player, arranger and bandleader Ray Hargrove brings a contemporary edge to big-band jazz during the 30th anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival.
At the 30th anniversay Playboy Jazz Festival, Dee Dee Bridgewater welcomes African singer Kabine Kouyate to the Hollywood Bowl stage for songs from her latest album, "Red Earth: A Malian Journey." At the 30th anniversay Playboy Jazz Festival, Dee Dee Bridgewater welcomes African singer Kabine Kouyate to the Hollywood Bowl stage for songs from her latest album, "Red Earth: A Malian Journey."
At the 30th anniversay Playboy Jazz Festival, Dee Dee Bridgewater welcomes African singer Kabine Kouyate to the Hollywood Bowl stage for songs from her latest album, "Red Earth: A Malian Journey."
From Japan, Hiromi and her quartet Sonic Bloom explode on the Hollywood Bowl stage. Her second Playboy Jazz Festival appearance is much more assured than her 2006 debut. From Japan, Hiromi and her quartet Sonic Bloom explode on the Hollywood Bowl stage. Her second Playboy Jazz Festival appearance is much more assured than her 2006 debut.
From Japan, Hiromi and her quartet Sonic Bloom explode on the Hollywood Bowl stage. Her second Playboy Jazz Festival appearance is much more assured than her 2006 debut.
Playboy Jazz Festival favorite Keb' Mo' and his band blend elements of classic and contemporary blues Playboy Jazz Festival favorite Keb' Mo' and his band blend elements of classic and contemporary blues
Playboy Jazz Festival favorite Keb' Mo' and his band blend elements of classic and contemporary blues
The Playboy Jazz Festival was sold out Saturday, June 15, the first of two days celebrating the festival's 30th anniversary. The Playboy Jazz Festival was sold out Saturday, June 15, the first of two days celebrating the festival's 30th anniversary.
The Playboy Jazz Festival was sold out Saturday, June 15, the first of two days celebrating the festival's 30th anniversary.
Herbie Hancock, surrounded by analog and digital gear and backed by members of his River of Possibilities touring band, presented songs from his Grammy-winning album "River: The Joni Letters." Herbie Hancock, surrounded by analog and digital gear and backed by members of his River of Possibilities touring band, presented songs from his Grammy-winning album "River: The Joni Letters."
Herbie Hancock, surrounded by analog and digital gear and backed by members of his River of Possibilities touring band, presented songs from his Grammy-winning album "River: The Joni Letters."
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HOLLYWOOD - The Playboy Jazz Festival celebrated its 30th anniversary Father's Day weekend, drawing more than 35,000 fans to a sun-drenched Hollywood Bowl.

Twenty-one artists and groups took the revolving stage Saturday and Sunday, covering musical territory ranging from contemporary jazz and big-band swing to Latin and Afro-Cuban, from African rhythms to West Coast funk and smooth-jazz jamming.

The Signal was on the scene for most of the action both days and nights. Check out the photo slideshow for some of our favorite moments.

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