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Blues acts top Playboy Jazz

James, Guy topline Hollywood Bowl festival

Blues legends Etta James and Buddy Guy along with saxophonist Phil Woods and trumpeter Chris Botti will headline the Playboy Jazz festival at the Hollywood Bowl June 16 and 17.

Woods, 75, will be making his Playboy fest debut accompanied by Bill Charlap, Brian Lynch, Steve Gilmore, and Bill Goodwin. Woods, a recent recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Master Award, will perform interpretations of bebop standards, recalling the era of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

Woods will perform Saturday along with Guy, Botti, salsa singer Isaac Delgado, Africa’s Angelique Kidjo, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Randy Brecker-Bill Evans Soulbop Band, James Carter Organ Trio and Johnny Planco. Bill will also feature a Cos of Good Music jam band with Dwayne Burno, Carter, Ndugu Chancler, Vincent Herring, Ron Johnson, Ray Parker Jr., Jeremy Pelt and Larry Willis.

James toplines the Sunday bill, which will also feature the world premiere of Arturo Sandoval’s Mambo Mania Band and Red Holiday’s 80th birthday celebration. Sandoval’s new group will pay tribute to mambo creators Perez Prado and Tito Puente and perform tunes from his score to the pic “The Mambo Kings.” Tenor saxophonist Holloway will make his fest debut as a leader, working with vocalist Kevin Mahogany.

Bill will also include vocalist Dianne Reeves, Terence Blanchard, Norman Brown, Richard Bona, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, pianist Taylor Eigsti’s Quartet and Malcolm-Jamal Warner’s jazz-funk band Miles Long.

Bill Cosby returns as the master of ceremonies.

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