31st Annual Playboy Jazz Festival Announced

Photos and Text by Ricky Richardson

Start spreading the news! The most highly anticipated announcement, second only to those made at the recent Academy Awards, and was made on February 25th at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills.

Hugh M. Hefner and the entire Playboy Jazz Festival organization hosted a special news conference on the East lawn of the Playboy Mansion, to announce the artist line-up for the 31st Annual Playboy Jazz Festival to be held on June 13th and 14th at the historic Hollywood Bowl.

Several headliners of the festival were in attendance at the Press Conference along with artists scheduled to perform at the various Playboy Jazz Festival Free Community Concert Series. VIP guests and artists at the Press Conference were excited to be apart of the celebration of the announcement of one of the jazz world�s premier events. Wayne Shorter, Patti Austin, Quincy Jones, on hand to introduce his prot�g� - Alfredo Rodriquez, Jack Sheldon, Ndugu Chancler, Kenny G, Norman Brown, Pete Escovedo, Luis Conte, Susie Hansen, Johnny Polanco, Erin Davis (Miles Davis son).

The 2009 festivities mark the 31st consecutive year that the Playboy Jazz Festival will present an entire weekend of jazz at the renowned Hollywood Bowl including the very popular pre-festival community events offered free to the general public throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Each year the 2009 Playboy Jazz Festival presented in conjunction with the L.A. Philharmonic Association serves up an eclectic smorgasbord of jazz as well as other genres of music. The 31st Annual Playboy Jazz Festival will feature a tasty buffet of straight-ahead jazz, smooth jazz, pop, Latin jazz, salsa, New Orleans R&B and brass band, jazz sprinkled with a touch of reggae, African juju music and two amazing and talented high school jazz ensembles.

Bill Cosby will return as Master of Ceremonies, Hugh M. Hefner, Executive Producer, Richard Rosenzweig, President Playboy Jazz Festival, George Wein, Producer, with Darlene Chan and FestivalWest Inc., Producer/Playboy Jazz Festival Festival.

Saturday, June 13th, 2009-2:30P.M.-11:00P.M.

  • The Neville Brothers

  • Remembering the Miles Davis Classic Kind of Blue @50 with Jimmy Cobb�s So What Band

  • Summer Storm: Starring Norman Brown, Wayman Tisdale, Eric Darius and featuring Gail Johnson

  • Jon Faddis

  • The Jack Sheldon Orchestra

  • Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings

  • Pete Escovedo Orchestra featuring Sheila E., Peter Michael and Juan Escovedo

  • Esparanza Spalding

  • Cos of Good Music

  • New Birth Brass Band

  • Los Angeles County High School For The Arts Jazz Ensemble directed by Jason Goldman

Sunday, June 14th, 2009-2:00P.M.-10:30P.M.

  • Wayne Shorter Quartet-with Brian Blade, John Pattitucci and Danilo Perez

  • Kenny G

  • Patti Austin

  • King Sunny Ade

  • Dave Holland Big Band

  • Monty Alexander�s Jazz & Roots

  • Oscar Hernandez & The Congo Room All-Stars

  • Anat Cohen Quartet

  • Quincy Jones Presents Alfredo Rodriquez

  • North Hollywood High School Jazz Ensemble, Directed by Jonathan Kenion

Ticket information: Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Patrons can purchase tickets online at http://www.ticketmaster.com, over the phone by calling (213)365-3500 or (714)740-7878, and at any Ticketmaster outlet or by downloading a ticket order form online at www.playboyjazzfestival.com. For more information, call the Playboy Jazz Festival Hotline at (310)450-1173 or visit www.playboyjazzfestival.com.