For over 30 years, the Playboy Jazz Festival has showcased some of jazz music's biggest and brightest talents. This year is no different, as the popular annual event unveiled this year's roster featuring Herbie Hancock, Ledisi, Terence Blanchard and Wayne Shorter amongst the acts set to grace the stage. The two-day festival takes place June 13th and June 14th at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Other artists featured in this year's lineup include Snarky Puppy, Aloe Blacc, Tower of Power and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Meanwhile, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland and Ambrose Akinmusire unite as the supergroup Our Point of View to pay homage to Blue Note's 75th Anniversary. Late jazz legend Gerald Wilson will also be saluted during the festival by a performance from the Celebrating Gerald Wilson Orchestra, which will be led by Wilson's son Anthony.
Returning for a third consecutive year as host is comedian/actor George Lopez. Visit the event's website for more details about ticket sales and performances. Be sure to check out the listing below to find out who else will be joining 37th Annual Playboy Jazz Fest.
PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL 2015
Saturday, June 13, 3-11 p.m.
Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and the Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble
Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Band with special invited guests Ronnie Cuber, Alfredo De La Fe, Donald Harrison, Joe Locke
Tower of Power
Jason Moran's Fats Waller Dance Party
Celebrating Gerald Wilson Orchestra under the direction of Anthony Wilson
Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio
A Sacred Steel Love Supreme: The Campbell Brothers Present "A Love Supreme"
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Pat Bass
Sunday, June 14, 3-10:30 p.m.
Terence Blanchard E-Collective
The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band under the direction of John Lee
King Sunny Ade and his African Beats
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Blue Note 75th Anniversary Presents: Our Point of View featuring Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland and Ambrose Akinmusire
The Jones Family Singers
The LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All-City Jazz Big Band under the direction of Tony White and J.B. Dyas