Playboy skeds June jazz

Headliners include Boney James, George Benson

The 27th annual Playboy Jazz Festival will be held the weekend of June 11-12 at the Hollywood Bowl, with Boney James headlining Saturday and George Benson topping the Sunday bill.

Fest’s first-day lineup includes Ramsey Lewis; Joshua Redman and his Elastic Band; Keb’ Mo’; Norman Brown with Peabo Bryson and Brenda Russell; Dee Dee Bridgewater with trumpeter Jon Faddis; Israel “Cachao” Lopez; the Joey DeFrancesco/Kenny Burrell Quartet paying tribute to the late organist Jimmy Smith; and Stix Hooper with his new group, Viewpoint.

Second-day’s bill features the Saxophone Summit with Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman; Dr. John; salsa singer Gilberto Santa Rosa; the Heath Brothers; Chico Hamilton and his band Euphoria; Roy Ayers; hip-hop orchestra daKAH; Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band; and singer Ledisi.

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