Jazz is the music of freedom and exploration – and it's the perfect fit for Los Angeles. Discover new facets of the music at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

Playboy Jazz Festival 2015

Jun 13 2015

From mainstream jazz to modern sounds, from Latin artists to big bands, from funk to contemporary pop – you'll hear it all at the 2015 Playboy Jazz Festival. Taking place under the sunshine and stars at the Hollywood Bowl, this laid-back weekend of live music provides a fresh listen to the classic genre. Headliners include Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ledisi, Terence Blanchard, Ozomatli, Aloe Blacc and Snarky Puppy.

Kick back and relax with two full days of live jazz and related genres at the 2015 Playboy Jazz Festival. Taking place as always at the iconic Hollywood Bowl, this outdoor event is a Los Angeles summertime tradition that is now in its 37th year. Hosted by comedian George Lopez, the easygoing event features established, big-name musicians, up-and-comers in the field of jazz, and local artists who will be playing the festival for the first time. Much more than classic mainstream jazz, the fest also includes a dynamic array of sounds including modern jazz variations, fusion, Latin, funk, pop, contemporary, soul and blues. On Saturday, Herbie Hancock leads the lineup and will be performing with Wayne Shorter and the Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble. You'll also hear island sounds from the Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Band, with special guests Ronnie Cuber, Alfredo De La Fe, Donald Harrison and Joe Locke. Other Saturday standouts include local favorite Aloe Blacc, Tower of Power, and Jason Moran's Fats Waller Dance Party. Sunday's lineup is topped by Ledisi and the Terence Blanchard E-Collective. You'll also hear Latin rockers Ozomatli, Snarky Puppy, and The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band under the direction of John Lee. And don't miss Blue Note 75th Anniversary Presents: Our Point of View featuring Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland and Ambrose Akinmusire. Discover why LA is a thriving hotbed of jazz at this chilled-out open-air festival.

Playboy Magazine was founded by Hugh Hefner and his associates in 1953, and funded in part by a $1,000 loan from his (progressive, open-minded) mother. Today, Playboy is one of the world's best-known brands. Thanks, Mom!

One of the best things about the Hollywood Bowl is that the venue is BYOB – and BYO Picnic Basket. Pack up some snacks or a full-blown meal for the night, stick in a couple bottles of wine, and enjoy an relaxing evening of music under the stars.

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