Playboy Jazz Sets 25th Anniversary Fest

A diverse list of artists will entertain during the 25th annual Playboy Jazz festival, set for June 14-15 at the Hollywood (Calif.) Bowl. Executive-produced by Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, th

A diverse list of artists will entertain during the 25th annual Playboy Jazz festival, set for June 14-15 at the Hollywood (Calif.) Bowl. Executive-produced by Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, the event will present such legendary artists as Dave Brubeck and Roy Haynes and contemporary acts like Boney James and James Moody during its two day-long bills.

Boz Scaggs will headline the first day of the festival, which will also present sets by James, Daniela Mercury, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Comedian Bill Cosby will serve as master of ceremonies for the second day, which will boast a headlining appearance by Al Jarreau, as well as music from the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Roy Haynes Quartet, Guitars & Saxes (featuring Richard Elliot, Peter White, Jeff Golub, and Steve Cole), and King Sunny Ade & His African Beats.

Forms for ticket mail orders can be obtained from the festival's Web site or by calling 310-449-4070. On May 10, tickets will be made available through Ticketmaster and the Hollywood Bowl Box Office.

Here is the Playboy Jazz Festival lineup:

June 14:
Boz Scaggs, Boney James, Daniela Mercury, Dave Holland Quintet, Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band (with special guest), James Moody, Hiroshima, the Blind Boys Of Alabama, Lizz Wright, L.A. Home Grown All Star Big Band (featuring Ndugu Chancler, Paul Jackson Jr., Patrice Rushen, Tom Scott, Ernie Watts, and more), Fanfare Ciocarlia, and the L.A. County High School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble.

June 15:
Al Jarreau, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Guitars & Saxes (featuring Richard Elliot, Peter White, Jeff Golub, and Steve Cole), Roy Haynes Quartet, King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, Issac Delgado, the Cos of Good Music VIII (featuring Dwayne Burno, Ndugu Chancler, Pete Christlieb, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Mabern, and Keschia Potter), Bobby Rodriguez Salsa Orchestra, the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet.