Boney James (pictured above), along with Ramsey Lewis, Robin Thicke, Ozomatli, Sheila E., and Christian McBride, will headline the 34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on June 16 and 17.
James, who has had eight of his 12 albums reach the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart, will be making his fourth appearance at the Playboy Festival. Ramsey Lewis has also played this festival several times, though this will be his first appearance there with his popular Electric Band. As for Sheila E., she’s played at the Playboy Festival seven times with her father, percussionist Pete Escovedo, but this will be her first appearance as a leader. Likewise, Christian McBride will be making his first Festival appearance with his big band, whose album recently won a Grammy for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble.”
Other acts slated to perform this year include Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Soul Rebels, the Global Gumbo All-Stars (with Richard Bona, Lionel Loueke, Francisco Mela and Alfredo Rodriguez), Keb’ Mo’, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Terri Lyne Carrington, and The Cookers. As usual, Bill Cosby will serve as master of ceremonies in addition to playing drums with his own group of specially chosen musicians. Featured in this year’s Cos of Good Music are pianist Farid Barron, bassist Dwayne Burno, drummer and percussionist Ndugu Chancler, saxophonist Tia Fuller, bassist Matthew Garrison, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, percussionist Babatunde Lea and saxophonist Erena Terakubo.
For more information, go to www.playboyjazzfestival.com.