When the middle of June comes a-knocking in Los Angeles, you know that it's time for the Playboy Jazz Festival, the annual 15 1/2-hour outdoor music party for multiple acts and more than 17,000…
Playboy Jazz Festival
There's a new emcee in town for the 35th edition of Los Angeles' Playboy Jazz Festival (June 15-16), which replaced longstanding host Bill Cosby with another comedian, George Lopez. This changing of…
Those who grouse about the lack of progressive jazz at the Playboy Jazz Festival got their long-sought reward at the end of a long day on Sunday night when Spectrum Road took the stage.
Musically and meteorologically, Sunday's edition of the Playboy Jazz Festival was a significant upgrade over the previous day. The temperature rose to a comfortable level - not hot in the day, not…
At the Playboy Jazz Festival, that perennial Southern California June music ritual and block party, changes in the routine are often difficult to spot.
Featuring its trademark mix of mainstream jazz, blues and pop acts, the Playboy Jazz Festival will be headlined by Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy, singer Dianne Reeves and Jimmy Fallon's eclectic…
Program was jolted to life by a man from Mali -- and the wave he generated rolled through the night.
While last year's opening session of the Playboy Jazz Festival looked like a bellwether for the future -- celebrating the surge of African and Latin influences in jazz -- this year's opener pointedly…
Playboy Jazz Festival: Day Two (Hollywood Bowl, 17,979 seats, $ 75 top) Presented by Playboy Enterprises. Performers: The Meeting, with Ernie Watts, Patrice Rushen, Ndugu Chancler; Roy Hargrove and…
With only a few glitches, and some undeniable musical and emotional peaks -- Wynton Marsalis on Saturday, Dr. John and Les McCann/Eddie Harris on Sunday -- the 1993 Playboy Jazz Festival smoothly ran…