2011 Playboy Jazz Festival participants: Ronnie Laws, Ndugu Chancler, Bill Cosby, Harvey Mason and Patrice Rushen (front)

*Hollywood, CA. – Organizers are gearing up for another stellar event. The 33rd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival presented in co-operation with the L. A. Philharmonic Association was announced on February 10, 2011.

The announcement was made at a Press Conference held on the East Lawn of the Playboy Mansion.

The LAUSD All City High School Band under the direction of Tony White and JB Dyas provided entertainment to the invited guest. The talented students from various schools performed “Tenor Madness,” “Song For My Father,” and “Blue Bossa,” with special guest saxophonist Keschia Potter.

The invitation only event featured special guest and master of ceremonies Bill Cosby, featured artists, VIP’s, television, radio, print and internet journalists to celebrate one of the jazz world’s premier events.

Darlene Chan, and FestivalWest Inc., Producer, Playboy Jazz Festival along with Bill Cosby announced the line-up for the 33rd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival. This year’s line-up once again features multiple genres of music that will satisfy the musical taste of all in attendance. This landmark event continues it’s rich tradition of featuring the biggest names in jazz, along with future jazz headliners delivering an exciting mix of everything from standards and blues to Latin beats and world fusion. Please note the new music times.

Saturday, June 11, 2011, 3:00P.M.-11:00P.M.
(Artist line-up, subject to change)

*Dianne Reeves
*The Roots with special guest Terrence 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 Hardland
*A Night In Treme: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans featuring Rebirth Brass Band with special guest Donald Harrison Jr., Kermit Ruffins, Dr. Michael White, and Big Sam Williams
*Cos of Good Music featuring Geri Allen, George Bohanon, Dwayne Burno, Ndugu Chancler, Anat Cohen, and Babatunde Lea Ambrose Akinmusire
*The LAUSD All City High School Big Band under the direction of Tony White and JB Dyas

Sunday, June 12, 2011, 3:00P.M.- 10:30P.M.
(Artist line-up, subject to change)

*Buddy Guy
*Lee Konitz New Quartet
*John Scofield and Robben Ford
*Naturally 7
*Harmony 3 with Ronnie Laws, Stanley Jordan, and Walter Beasley
*Geri Allen and her Timeline Band
*Still Black, Still Proud: An African Tribute to James Brown featuring Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Vusi Mahlasela
*Bill Cunliffe and The Resonance Big Band with Mariam Petrescu in a Tribute to Oscar Peterson
*Carlos Varela
*Pullum High School Jazz Big Band under the direction of Fernando Pullum

Bill Cosby, returns as Master of Ceremonies. Hugh M. Hefner, Executive Producer, Richard Rosenzweig, President, Playboy Jazz Festival, George Wein, Producer Emeritus, and Darlene Chan and FestivalWest Inc., Producer, Playboy Jazz Festival

Ticket Information:

Tickets: Single day tickets is currently available through Ticketmaster starting February 10th. Patrons can purchase tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com, over the phone by calling (213) 365-3500 or (714) 740-7878, at any Ticketmaster outlet or by downloading a ticket order form available at www.ticketmaster.com. There is also a link to the Ticketmaster webiste on the Playboy Jazz Festival website.

Tickets may also be purchased at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office beginning May 7th.

Ticket Policy: All patrons, including children, must have a ticket for admittance inside the theater.

Getting To The Hollywood Bowl:

Park & Ride: For further information on Park & Ride and shuttle lots, please call (323) 850-2000.

On site Parking is extremely limited. For information, call (323) 850-2000

Special Message to All Play Jazz Patrons: For safety and fire regulations, the aisles and walkways of the Hollywood Bowl must be kept clear at all times. Therefore, all large containers or coolers measuring more than 15″ wide, 15″ high and 22″ long and kegs, pony kegs and party balls of beer will not be permitted past the ticket gate.

Non Smoking Policy: The Hollywood Bowl has a no smoking policy inside the theater. Smoking will be permitted only outside the theater seating area on the Bowl grounds.

For more information, call the Playboy Jazz Festival Hotline at (310) 450-1173 or visit www.playboyjazzfestival.com.

Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based writer, music reviewer and photographer. Contact him via: liltampared@netzero.net.