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Jazz at the Bowl

Ella Fitzgerald celebration at the Hollywood Bowl
Ella Fitzgerald celebration at the Hollywood Bowl
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Summer is here and with it Jazz at the Bowl! Pack a picnic and head to the historic Hollywood Bowl for a sensational evening of jazz under the stars with some of the top artists in the jazz genre.

The season kicks off on July 9 with a salute to the first lady of song, the iconic Ella Fitzgerald. To Ella With Love will be an evening celebrating Fitzgerald's inimitable swinging scat and timeless classics with the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart, featuring special guests, Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Clint Holmes, Yuna, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and Carmen Bradford.

Under the leadership of Jazz great, Herbie Hancock, the Los Angeles Phil’s Creative Chair for Jazz, the Wednesday night concerts are one of the most looked forward to events on the jazz calendar.

Performing an array of jazz styles from straight ahead to smooth, from traditional to big band, each artist has been handpicked for their diverse synergy, artistry and authenticity. This years offering will spotlight a James Brown the “Godfather of Soul” tribute with bassists Christian McBride, Peter Frampton and Buddy Guy, along with additional concerts highlighting contemporary Jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour and keyboardist Dave Grusin joining Smooth Jazz vocalist Boz Scaggs, and Brazilian jazz pianist/vocalist Elaine Elias. Americas & Americans will get fans out of their seats and dancing in the aisles with the Latin rhythms of Gilberto Santa Rosa and Sheila E. Herbie Hancock with Orchestra will feature the multiple Grammy Award-winning artists’ compositions, with Vince Mendoza conducting, and Gregory Porter opening with his own set.

John Legend will breathe new life into Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On alongside funk-soul act Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. An amazing night of guitar pyrotechnics and blues will rock the house with Peter Frampton and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, the Real Deal, Guddy Guy set the night on fire.

In a unique presentation celebrating The Black Movie Soundtrack, Marcus Miller will team with producer/director Reginald Hudlin to present a soulful evening of music with clips on the Bowl’s big screen from Stormy Weather and Superfly to Purple Rain and Waiting to Exhale, it will be an unforgettable event with a stellar array of special guest performances.

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