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Playboy Jazz Festival

Jazz giants & festival favorites

Posted: May 20, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2011 6:00 a.m.

The 33rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival comes to the Hollywood Bowl June 11 - 12.

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It will be a weekend of jazz giants, festival favorites and next generation stars playing the gamut of jazz styles when the 33rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival brings headliners Buddy Guy, Dianne Reeves and The Roots to the Hollywood Bowl June 11 - 12.

Comedian Bill Cosby returns as master of ceremonies.

Guy, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, will appear on Sunday, June 12, (3 - 10:30 p.m.) on the same line up as the Lee Konitz New Quartet, John Scofield and Robben Ford, Naturally 7, Harmony 3 with Ronnie Laws, Stanley Jordan and Walter Beasley, Geri Allen and her Timeline Band and Still Black, Still Proud: an African Tribute to James Brown featuring Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Vusi Mahlasela.

Also appearing on Sunday will be Bill Cunliffe and the Resonances Big Band with Marian Petrescu in a tribute to Oscar Peterson, Carolos Varela and the Pullum High School Jazz Band.

Reeves, making her eighth appearance at the Playboy Jazz Festival, is considered to be one of the preeminent female jazz vocalists in the world today.

She appears on Saturday, June 11 (3 - 11 p.m.) with a lineup that includes The Roots with special guest Terence Blanchard, Fourplay featuring Bob James, Nathan East, Chuck Loeb and Harvey Mason, the Eddie Palmer Salsa Orchestra, SFJAZZ Collective celebrating the music of Stevie Wonder, A Night in Treme: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans featuring the Rebirth Bass Band and Bill Cosby's Cos of Good Music featuring Geri Allen, George Bohanon, Dwayne Burno, Ndugu Chancler, Anat Cohen and Babatunde Lea.

Also appearing Saturday will be Ambrose Akinmusire and the LAUSD All City High School Big Band.

There's nothing like hanging at the Hollywood Bowl and listening to great music. A bottle of wine and a picnic dinner make for an enchanting evening.

For music lovers the Playboy Jazz Festival is the ultimate in eclectic enjoyment. Where else can you spend two days listening to everything from rousing Chicago-style blues (Buddy Guy) to the house band on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (The Roots)?

Try "The Son of Latin Music" (Eddie Palmieri) with his incredible Latin salsa orchestra or Still Black, Still Proud offering up a rhythm-fueled, Afro-funk tribute to the late "Godfather of Soul" James Brown.

A weekend at the Playboy Jazz Festival should keep you satisfied for a while, or at least until the 34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival.

For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com or call (213) 365-3500. For more information on the Playboy Jazz Festival visit www.playboyjazzfestival.com.

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