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32nd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival to Feature Who’s Who of Bassists

32nd Annual Playboy Jazz FestivalThe Playboy Jazz Festival promises to be another bass player’s favorite, featuring performances and appearances by Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Dwayne Burno, John Clayton’s Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, Chick Corea’s freedom band with Christian McBride, and many more. Hosted by comedian Bill Cosby, the festival will take place June 12-13 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

“It’s a party with the greatest ambience and sound,” says Playboy’s Hugh Hefner. “Given the downturn in the economy and the music business, this music always brings something to the heart and lifts spirits.”

June 12 line up:

  • Chick Corea Freedom Band with Christian McBride, Roy Haynes, Kenny Garrett
  • Sax for Stax featuring Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber and Kirk Whalum
  • Kurt Elling
  • Los Van Van
  • Marcus Miller Band with featured guest artist Christian Scott
  • The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra Salutes Louie Bellson
  • Javon Jackson Band with special guest Les McCann
  • Naturally 7
  • Jake Shimabukuro
  • Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
  • El Dorado High School under the direction of Richard Watson

June 13 line up:

  • George Benson
  • Manhattan Transfer
  • Bobby Hutcherson and Cedar Walton Quartet
  • Salif Keita
  • Robert Randolph & The Family Band
  • Esperanza Spalding
  • Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
  • Tiempo Libre
  • Cos of Good Music with Dwayne Burno, Ndugu Chancler, Mark Gross, Jay Hoggard, D.D. Jackson and Ingrid Jensen
  • Jazz Mafia’s Brass Bows and Beats
  • L.A. All District High School Jazz Band under the direction of Tony White and J.B. Dyas