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Playboy Jazz Fest hosts free concert June 5

Posted: May 10, 2011 4:00 p.m.
Updated: May 10, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Patrice Rushen and Ndugu Chancler will headline Playboy Jazz at Warner Center, set for Sunday, June 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Playboy will again join forces with the Valley Cultural Center's "Concerts On The Green" program to present "Playboy Jazz at Warner Center" on Sunday, June 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This concert is part of Playboy's series of free community events to be held in conjunction with this year's upcoming 33rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, at the renowned Hollywood Bowl.

Headlining the event is 1+One featuring Patrice Rushen and Ndugu Chancler with special guest Doc Powell.

Considered one of the world's top jazz pianists, Rushen has performed with such stellar artists as Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Nancy Wilson and more. A four-time Grammy nominee, Rushen is known for her early smash hit "Forget Me Nots" and her signature fusion of jazz, pop and R&B, that has made her one of the most sought after artists in music today.

She will perform with world-class drummer and percussionist Ndugu Chancler, known for recording with such renowned talents as Michael Jackson (he was the drummer for both "Thriller" and "Bad"), Herbie Hancock, Lionel Richie, Miles Davis and many others.

They will be joined onstage by special guest and Grammy-nominated guitarist Doc Powell. Powell's signature guitar sound can be heard on many of the premier recordings in pop, R&B, jazz and Gospel. He has toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in music, including Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Quincy Jones, Dave Koz, Patti Labelle and George Benson, in addition to being the featured guitarist for the BET Awards and the Mo'Nique show.

The ultimate West Coast party band, Johnny Polanco Y Su Conjunto Amistad, is sure to ignite the crowd with the infectious rhythms of their hot Latin Salsa music. Constantly in demand, Polanco and Conjunto Amistad performed at Prince's Golden Globes after-party, Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa's Inaugural Ball, the grand opening celebration of the Staples Center and the first annual Latin Grammy Awards.

Garnering worldwide attention, the Nikhil Korula Band will round out the lineup with their distinct blend of calypso, rock, and reggae music intermingled with African and Latin grooves. In their six years together, the unique sextet has played with such top performers as John Mayer, Los Lonely Boys, The Roots, Dave Matthews Band, Erykah Badu, Colbie Caillat and many more.

Opening the show is the Calabasas High School Band, directed by Joshua Barroll.

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