The 2013 Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on June 15-16
will feature headliners George Duke with special guest Jeffrey Osborne,
Naturally 7 with special guest Herbie Hancock, Sheila E. and Bob
James/David Sanborn featuring Steve Gadd and James Genus.
Celebrating its 35th Anniversary, the two-day concert will feature a
diverse mix of illustrious jazz greats, next generation leaders and
Festival favorites, who will spotlight the entire genre of jazz with an
assortment of world premieres, rare collaborations, and highly
anticipated artist debuts.
New to this year’s Festival is the multi-talented entertainer George
Lopez, who will make his own debut as the new master of ceremonies,
taking over for this year from the legendary Bill Cosby, who
relinquished the role last summer after more than 30 years.
Returning to the Playboy stage, two-time Grammy-winning pianist and
keyboardist George Duke will appear as a special guest with renowned
R&B/pop singer Jeffrey Osborne, who is making his Festival debut.
The pair reunited on Osborne’s latest release, A Time for Love, a
collection of songs expressing Osborne’s longtime appreciation for jazz
The illustrious Duke (who has served as musical director and producer
for numerous prominent artists including Dianne Reeves, Anita Baker,
Gladys Knight and more) also produced Osborne’s breakthrough solo album
Stay With Me Tonight and his hit singles “We’re Going All the Way” and
“You Should Be Mine” among others.
Back by popular demand, Naturally 7, who made their triumphant
Festival debut in 2010, is returning to the show for a world premiere
performance with the iconic Herbie Hancock as a special guest. One of
the most distinctively unique groups in music today, Naturally 7 has
pioneered a dynamic a cappella style they call “vocal play,” where each
member of the group uses only their voice to recreate awe-inspiring
sounds of different musical instruments.
The group’s now famous Paris subway performance of “Feel It (In The
Air Tonight)” has garnered over five million hits on YouTube.
Hancock, known for transcending the limitations and genres of music,
will complement the group’s inventive style with his own modern
compositions that have earned him one Oscar and 14 Grammy Awards.
Hancock has been an integral part of every jazz movement since the
1960’s. As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet, he was one of the
pioneers of the avant garde sound. His innovative recordings during the
70’s, combining electric jazz with funk rock sounds, continue to
influence today’s music.
Turning up the heat, the Emmy and Grammy-nominated
singer/percussionist Sheila E. is returning for the second time as the
leader of her own group in a rare back-to-back appearance.
Her electrifying performance last year rocked the house, winning her a
standing ovation that stopped the show. Sheila has previously performed
at the Festival with her legendary father, percussionist Pete Escovedo
and their renowned family band, with whom she still tours. A star in her
own right, she has served as the musical director for such superstars
as Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Prince. Known for her mega-hit “The
Glamorous Life,” she performed with Prince on Purple Rain and also
toured with Ringo Starr and his All-Star band among many others. Last
year, she performed at the Oscars alongside Pharrell Williams and Hans
Reuniting since their Grammy Award-winning dual recording Double
Vision in the mid-80’s, keyboardist Bob James and saxophonist David
Sanborn will share the Playboy stage together for the first time as part
of their summer tour. The pair will be joined by legendary drummer
Steve Gadd and acclaimed bassist James Genus. Renowned beyond the jazz
world, the Grammy-winning James is known for both his distinguished solo
career and as a founding member of the popular contemporary jazz
Single day tickets are available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com,
over the phone by calling 213.365.3500 or 714.740.7878, at any
Ticketmaster outlet, or by downloading a ticket order form available at www.playboyjazzfestival.com.
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