You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

George Lopez hosts Playboy Jazz fest

Event takes place June 15-16

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 the guard is significant since Cosby, a jazz enthusiast and ambassador for the form, hosted the weekend event staged at the Hollywood Bowl for more than 30 years.

“You can never hope to replace Bill Cosby or hope to come close to what he’s done,” Lopez told Variety. “But to have him choose me, of all the people that could have been chosen, is a tremendous honor.”

This year’s program features the fest’s usual mix of mainstream jazz, R&B, blues and Latin music, with keyboardist George Duke, who will play with R&B singer Jeffrey Osborne; a cappella group Naturally Seven, with Herbie Hancock sitting in on piano; and a band led by Bob James and David Sanborn as the headliners.

Among the acts making their Playboy fest debuts are next-gen artist Grace Kelly, a 21-year-old multi-instrumentalist who will perform with sax mentor Phil Woods; and R&B/pop thrush India.Arie.

More Music

  • Jennifer Lopez VMAs

    TV Review: MTV's Video Music Awards Were Low on Star Power

    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 the guard is significant since Cosby, a jazz enthusiast and ambassador for the form, hosted the weekend event staged at the Hollywood Bowl […]

  • Nicki MinajMTV Video Music Awards, Press

    VMAs 2018: All the Off-Camera Action Inside Radio City Music Hall and Backstage

    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 the guard is significant since Cosby, a jazz enthusiast and ambassador for the form, hosted the weekend event staged at the Hollywood Bowl […]

  • MadonnaMTV Video Music Awards, Show, New

    Twitter Roasts Madonna for Her Aretha Franklin VMAs Tribute

    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 the guard is significant since Cosby, a jazz enthusiast and ambassador for the form, hosted the weekend event staged at the Hollywood Bowl […]

  • Avicii, (Performance)Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren

    Avicii Wins Posthumous VMA for Best Dance Video

    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 the guard is significant since Cosby, a jazz enthusiast and ambassador for the form, hosted the weekend event staged at the Hollywood Bowl […]

  • Bobby Lytes Wears 'Make America Gay

    Bobby Lytes Wears 'Make America Gay Again' to VMAs

    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 the guard is significant since Cosby, a jazz enthusiast and ambassador for the form, hosted the weekend event staged at the Hollywood Bowl […]

  • Justin Brescia (L) Stephanie Pratt (2-L)

    MTV Reboots 'The Hills' With Original Cast Members

    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 the guard is significant since Cosby, a jazz enthusiast and ambassador for the form, hosted the weekend event staged at the Hollywood Bowl […]

  • Logic MTV VMAs

    VMAs 2018: Logic Wears 'F--- the Wall' Shirt in Bold Statement on Immigration

    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 the guard is significant since Cosby, a jazz enthusiast and ambassador for the form, hosted the weekend event staged at the Hollywood Bowl […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content