Three Decades of Jazz

Photos and Text By Ricky Richardson

View-Park-Prep-Jazz-Ensembl.jpgHollywood - This year will mark the 30th Anniversary of the Playboy Jazz Festival presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the historic Hollywood Bowl.

Organizers of the festival, aware of this milestone, went all out in announcing the line-up for the highly anticipated event of the summer.

The first order of business was to invite guests to the grounds of the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills for the recent Press Conference. The guests consisted of media, Public Relations representatives, music industry representatives as well as musicians who will be performing at the Playboy Jazz Festival and at the free community concert series.

The View Park Prep Jazz Ensemble directed by Fernando Pullum provided some straight-ahead jazz standards to the delight of all in attendance.

The line-up was announced at the appropriate hour by Darlene Chan, Associate Producer, Playboy Jazz Festivals, and The Festival Network, LLC and Bill Cosby who will return to host the 30th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival.

Today, celebrating 30 years of electrifying performances, magical moments and extraordinary music, Playboy Jazz Festival will once again present a world class roster of talent at the 30th Anniversary Jazz Festival, Saturday, June 14th and Sunday, June 15th, at the world famous Hollywood Bowl.

Featuring renowned jazz greats, today�s top talents, and popular festival favorites, the two day affair will showcase the many variations of jazz to satisfy the various musical tastes of all in attendance.

Herbie,-Dee-Dee-and-Bill.jpgThis is the line-up for the 30th Anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival. Please note that this is not the order of appearance. 2008 Grammy Award Winner Herbie Hancock is the festival headliner who will be performing on Sunday evening.

Saturday-featured line-up will be Al Jarreau, Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band with special guest Eddie Floyd, The James Moody Quartet, Dr. John from New Orleans, the soulful sounds of Tower of Power, R n R featuring Rick Braun and Richard Elliott, Hiromi�s SonicBloom, Sherrie Maricle & The Diva Jazz Orchestra, Cos of Good Music with Ambrose Akinmusire, Dwayne Burno, Ndugu Chancler, Benny Green, Billy Harper, Jerry Peters and David T. Walker, Richard Glasper and The Hamilton High School Academy of Music Jazz Ensemble �A� under of the direction of Dan Taguchi.

Peter-and-Michael-Lington.jpgSunday-once again will feature Herbie Hancock and his band featuring Dave Holland, Vinnie Colaiuta, Chris Potter and Lionel Loueke, crowd favorite KEB� MO�, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Guitar & Saxes featuring Gerald Albright, Jeff Golub, Jeff Lorber and Peter White, Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth: A Malian Journey, Ivan Lins with special guest Oscar Castro-Neves from Brazil, The Monk Legacy Septet featuring Ben Riley, Plena Libre a hot group from Puerto Rico, Ryan Shaw and The View Park Prep. Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Fernando Pullum.

The good news is that there is a couple of ways to order tickets for this year�s festival. You can go to the stack of Los Angeles Times newspapers that you haven�t read yet. Please retrieve the March 2nd ARTS & MUSIC Calendar Section, go to page F-5 for information about ordering tickets for the festival. New this year! Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster starting February 27, 2008. Patrons can purchase tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com, over the phone by calling (213)365-3500 or (714) 740-7878, and at any Ticketmaster outlets or by downloading a ticket order form at www.playboyjazzfestival.com. There is also a link to the Ticketmaster website on the Playboy Jazz Festival website. www.playboyjazzfestival.com. The bad news is that tickets are going really fast.

Festival goers can use Park & Ride shuttles to get to the Hollywood Bowl hassle free. Please call (323) 850-2000 for more information. Please call the Playboy Jazz Festival Hotline (310) 450-1173 for updates about the festival and the free community concert series.