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Sheila E, Kool & The Gang and Many More Headline the Playboy Jazz Festival This Wknd June 8-9

*Los Angeles, CA  – The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association will present the 41st annual Playboy Jazz Festival, June 8-9, 2019 at the Hollywood Bowl.

It is the LA Phil’s sixth year presenting the event, and in keeping with tradition, the Festival will feature an extraordinary and eclectic slate of jazz-and-beyond artists as well as renowned superstars of the genre.

Performers scheduled to appear include R&B soul funk pioneers Kool & The Gang,  legendary jazz and blues rocker Boz Scaggs, banjo master and bluegrass crossovers Béla Fleck and The Flecktones,  trailblazing jazz/funk/soul saxophonist Maceo Parker:  It’s All About Love, Starring Maceo Parker & Featuring the Maceo Parker Big Band, Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated Jazz Trumpeter/Composer Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective and special guest Quiana Lynell, The Cookers featuring Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Donald Harrison, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart, world music diva Angélique Kidjo, New Orleans favorites the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, legendary saxophonist Benny Golson’s 90th Birthday Quartet, The Family Stone featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and original founding member of Sly & The Family Stone, Jerry Martini and featuring Phunne Stone, perennial crowd-pleasing singer and percussionist Sheila E., David Bowie collaborator and innovative saxophonist Donny McCaslin – Blow,  producing wunderkind and singer-songwriter-musician-of-all trades Terrace Martin, West African griot and kora player Sona Jobarteh, Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa Quartet featuring Ruy López-Nussa, Luques Curtis, Mayquel Gonzalez, emerging vocalist Michael Mayo, all-female Jazzers Jazz in Pink, Valencia Vikings High School Two N’ Four Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Christine Tavares-Mocha and The LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All-City Jazz Big Band under the direction of Tony White.

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Sheila E
Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard
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The Family Stone

A special Celebration honoring the late Ndugu Chancler will also take place:

Celebrating Nudgu Chancler with Patrice Rushen, MD, and guests Ernie Watts, Alphonso Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Doc Powell, Byron Miller, Munyungo Jackson, Rayford Griffin, Josie James, TC Carson.

George Lopez will once again host the event, marking the seventh year of his involvement with the FestivalThe full lineup of talent announced today is in tandem with the schedule for the complete Hollywood Bowl Summer 2019 season.

This year’s Jazz at the Bowl series features LA Phil’s Creative Chair for Jazz Herbie Hancock with R+R=Now and special guests Noname and Phoelix; Tony Bennett; Michael McDonald; Chaka Khan; Buddy Guy; Jimmie Vaughan; Charlie Musselwhite; a tribute to Brazil featuring the Ivan Lins Quartet with Big Band conducted by John Beasley and special guests Dianne Reeves and New York Voices, and Lee Ritenour with special guests Dave Grusin and Luciana Souza; The Roots; Christian McBride Big Band; Ben Harper; Neneh Cherry; Black Movie Soundtrack III, and more to be announced.

For more information on the 2019 Playboy Jazz Festival, please visit

The Playboy Jazz Festival is produced for the Los Angeles Philharmonic by FestivalWest, Inc.

About the Hollywood Bowl

One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922 and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music, offering something for everyone. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz performances. In February 2018, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the 14th year in a row at the 29th Annual Pollstar Awards and was awarded the Top Amphitheater prize at the 2018 Billboard Touring Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer.

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