Jazz is a splendid genre born of African and European roots and come to beautiful fruition amidst Southern black communities in the tumultuous times afflicting such communities in the early 20th century United States. Not just its sound, but its mere existence, speaks to powerful cultural roots oft overlooked or brushed aside by other genres that have risen to popularity since.

The Playboy Jazz Festival is an annual fest that seeks to honor this tradition while offering a stage with which new artists of the genre can be heard. It is a festival with a history going back over half a century and it remains popular to this day. For more on the history of the festival jump below, otherwise browse ticket and lineup details below.

Playboy Jazz Festival 2013 Tickets

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2013 Playboy Jazz Festival Lineup

This year’s lineup has yet to be announced but check back for details as we will update this section with the 2013 lineup as soon as it is made public.

Playboy Jazz Festival History

  • Playboy Jazz Festival Inception Year: 1959
  • Playboy Jazz Festival Location: Hollywood Bowl

The first Playboy Jazz Festival was in 1959 in Chicago but interestingly, given the perennial nature of it’s modern manifestation in which Bill Cosby is a regular emcee, there was a 20 year gap between the first and second festivals. The second ever Playboy Jazz Festival occurred in 1979 where it moved into its current location at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

Playboy Jazz Festival Lineup 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

  • Dianne Reeves
  • The Roots with special guest Terence Blanchard
  • Fourplay featuring Bob James, Nathan East, Chuck Loeb and Harvey Mason
  • Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra
  • SFJAZZ Collective Celebrating the Music of Stevie Wonder featuring Stefon Harris, Avishai Cohen, Greg Osby, David Sanchez, Robin Eubanks, Edward Simon, Matt Penman and Eric Harland
  • a night in Treme (The Musical Majesty of New Orleans) Produced by Danny Melnick for Absolutely Live Entertainment in association with Wendell Pierce. Featuring the Rebirth Brass Band with guest artists Donald Harrison, Jr., Kermit Ruffins, Dr. Michael White and Big Sam Williams. HBO and Treme are service marks of Home Box Office, Inc. All rights Reserved.
  • The Cos of Good Music featuring Geri Allen, George Bohanon, Dwayne Burno, Ndugu Chancler, Anat Cohen, Babatunde Lea
  • The Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet

Sunday, June 12, 2011

  • Buddy Guy
  • Terence Blanchard *
  • John Scofield and Robben Ford
  • Naturally 7
  • Harmony 3 with Ronnie Laws, Walter Beasley and Stanley Jordan
  • Geri Allen and her Timeline Band
  • Still Black, Still Proud: An African Tribute to James Brown Featuring Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Vusi Mahlasela, Meklit Hadero
  • Bill Cunliffe and the Resonance Big Band with Marian Petrescu in a Tribute to Oscar Peterson
  • Carlos Varela

* Terence Blanchard and his group replaced an ill Lee Konitz

2011 Playboy Jazz Fest Master of Ceremony

Bill Cosby

Playboy Jazz Festival Lineup 2012

Saturday – June 16, 2012

  • Christian McBride Big Band
  • Boney James
  • Ozomatli
  • Sheila E.
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
  • The Soul Rebels with special guests Leo Nocentelli, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Ivan Neville
  • Global Gumbo All Stars featuring Richard Bona, Lionel Loueke, Francisco Mela, Alfredo Rodriguez
  • Cos of Good Music featuring Farid Barron, Dwayne Burno, Ndugu Chancler, Tia Fuller, Matthew Garrison, Ingrid Jensen, Babatunde Lea and Erena Terakubo
  • Louie Cruz Beltran
  • The LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All City Jazz Band under the direction of Tony White and J.B. Dyas

Sunday- June 17, 2012

  • Ramsey Lewis Electric Band
  • Robin Thicke
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Keb’ Mo’
  • Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project featuring Gretchen Parlato, Carmen Lundy, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Helen Sung, Linda Taylor, Mimi Jones, Patrice Rushen, Angela Davis plus surprise guests
  • The Cookers featuring Eddie Henderson, Billy Harper, Craig Handy, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart
  • Spectrum Road featuring Cindy Blackman Santana, Jack Bruce, John Medeski and Vernon Reid
  • Chico Trujillo
  • KG Omulo
  • Calabasas High School Jazz A Band under the direction of Joshua Barroll

2012 Playboy Jazz Fest Master of Ceremony

Bill Cosby

Playboy Jazz Fest Seating Chart

Playboy Jazz Festival Seating Chart

Playboy Jazz Festival Ticket Prices

Playboy Jazz Fest 2013 Ticket Prices

As soon as tickets go on sale for the 2013 Playboy Jazz Fest we’ll update this section with face value and secondary market price details.

Playboy Jazz Festival Historical Ticket Prices

City State Venue Name Date Avg. Price
Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 6/12/2010 $115.05
Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 6/13/2010 $131.40
Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 6/11/2011 $177.17
Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 6/12/2011 $176.28
Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 6/16/2012 $147.59
Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 6/17/2012 $131.56

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