Cosby to Pass the Microphone as Playboy Jazz Emcee

Dr. William H. Cosby, the famed comedian, Grammy-winning recording artist, author, philanthropist, community activist and educator, will intro the artists this weekend for his 31st turn as emcee of the Playboy Jazz Festival, but for the last time, according to a statement released by the festival. After the weekend, Cosby will have been the emcee Read More

Playboy Jazz Fest Adds 3 Artists, Sets Final Schedule For June 16-17

Producers of the 34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17 have added three more artists to the talent lineup, and set the order of appearance for the performances. Joining the roster of Grammy-winning jazz greats and rising stars are multi- Grammy-nominated R&B pianist/composer Patrice Rushen, New Orleans Mardi Read More

From Grooving in the Playboy Jazz Crowd to Playing on the Festival Stage

Ulysses Bella of East Los Angeles was one of those hard-partying music fans way up in the back of the 18,000-seat Hollywood Bowl the first few times he attended the annual Playboy Jazz Festival there, a couple decades ago. On Saturday, June 16, the tenor sax player makes his fifth appearance as a performer on Read More

Rizo’s ‘Mongorama’ And BH High Band Play Free Playboy Jazz Concert

Bandleader Jose Rizo (pictured far left, black cap) and his new nine-piece band, Mongorama, pay tribute to Latin jazz and conga legend Mongo Santamaria as they headline a free concert hosted by the Playboy Jazz Festival on the patio at the Beverly Hills Civic Center on Sunday, May 6. The Beverly Hills High School Jazz Read More

Local Faves Sheila E., Ozomatli On Playboy Jazz Bill In June

Latin and rock drummer/percussionist Sheila E. and multi-cultural genre-mashing septet Ozomatli, who’ve both appeared in the Santa Clarita Valley and developed a local fan base, are among the headliners of the 34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on Father’s Day weekend, June 16-17. The lineup was unveiled by longtime festival emcee Bill Read More