An all-star tribute to the late bandleader/drummer Art Blakey and a Latin jazz summit meeting are among the highlights of “Jazz at the Bowl,” the annual Hollywood Bowl summer program.
Summer sked was unveiled yesterday at a press conference in the Bowl restaurant.
It leads off July 28 with a blues concert starring Robben Ford, Etta James and the Robert Cray Band.
The Blakey tribute band, scheduled for Aug. 11, will be mostly made up of a galaxy of now-prominent jazzmen who played in Blakey’s Jazz Messengers at some point.
An abbreviated list of the Blakey alumni includes Donald Byrd, George Cables, Lou Donaldson, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard, Branford Marsalis and Cedar Walton. Also on that program is a tribute to the late saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, featuring his brother Nat Adderley and Nancy Wilson.
Shirley Horn, Tony Bennett and the Count Basie Orchestra occupy the Aug. 18 slot, while Joe Henderson, the Dave Brubeck Quartet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (with Marcus Roberts in the piano chair) hold forth Sept. 1.
The series concludes Sept. 14 with a Latin Jazz Explosion, featuring the forces of Tito Puente’s Latin Jazz All-Stars, Ruben Blades and Eddie Palmieri. “Jazz at the Bowl” is produced for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn. by George Wein.
As usual, the annual “JVC Jazz at the Bowl” concert Aug. 29 will have a crossover slant, with Grover Washington Jr., Fourplay (with Lee Ritenour, Bob James, Harvey Mason and Nathan East), and Keiko Matsui on the bill.
The July 14 concert on the Bowl’s “Virtuoso Series” will feature Richard Stoltzman in a “classical/jazz” program with Gary Burton and Bill Douglas.
Ella Fitzgerald will be unable to keep her previously announced dates with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra July 9-11 due to her current poor state of health. No replacement has been set.
All of the “Jazz” concerts, save those of Aug. 18 and “JVC Jazz,” are sponsored by KTWV-FM — The Wave. The Aug. 18 date is sponsored by K-JOI.
The Philharmonic also announced that the Moody Blues will be performing with the orchestra in a special post-season concert Sept. 18 as part of its cross-country tour.
The band and the Philharmonic will be performing selections from the group’s 1967 “Days of Future Passed” album, one of the earliest and most popular classical-rock collaborations.