Pack a picnic and head to the Hollywood Bowl this Saturday and Sunday June 14 and 15. The annual Playboy jazz festival is back with another weekend of outstanding music.
Saturday’s lineup includes standout jazz stars Kenny Barron trio with special guest Ravi Coltrane, Arturo Sandoval Big Band, British singer-pianist Jamie Cullum, and Diane Reeves, with the highlight of the day, a tribute to famed jazz, pop, R&B and funk artist George Duke who wowed festival audiences last year and died from leukemia in August 2013.
In honor of their longtime friend and collaborator, singer Al Jarreau and bassist Stanley Clarke will headline “Celebrating George Duke!” on Saturday evening. This promises to be something special with Grammy nominated musical director John Beasley conducting, Stanley Clarke, and Al Jarreau, hosting, along with Dukes cousin Dianne Reeves, Ndugu Chancler, Byron Miller, Paul Jackson Jr. Little John Roberts, Greg Phillinganes, and Jose James.
In a Jazz Times interview Al Jarreau stated, “George was more than straight-ahead music. He was a pop and R&B guy and also one of the best vocalists you ever heard. One of the lessons to learn is this raw love for all kinds of music, especially for kids today. Listen to everything – don’t get boxed in; there’s a world of music.”
This is a wonderful opportunity to hear jazz greats honoring a jazz great.
Sunday promises a stellar lineup featuring tonight show drummer Kevin Eubanks, Hammond B-3 organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith and guitarist, vocalist George Benson with special guest Earl Klugh.
Saturday, June 14 3-11pm
Sunday, June 15 3-10:30pm
For tickets and info: http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/playboyjazz