2012 PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL FEATURES NEW ARTISTS AND JAZZ ICONS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JUNE 16TH & 17TH AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL
Featuring a world class lineup of talent, the 34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival will present an eclectic roster of Grammy-winning artists, acclaimed jazz icons, rising stars and Festival favorites, Saturday and Sunday, June 16th and 17th, at the renowned Hollywood Bowl.
Since the release of their second album Naturally in 2005, Sharon Jones & the Dap- Kings have become a worldwide sensation. Steeped in the gilded and gritty sounds of gospel, 60s soul and funk, the nine-piece band continues to electrify fans with their fiery live performances and intoxicating, heart-throbbing sound. Their latest CD, I Learned the Hard Way, moved 100,000 copies in just four months out and they have been playing to sell out crowds all over the world. Returning for a second appearance after their triumphant debut a few years ago, Jones & the Dap- Kings will no doubt rock the house once more.
Bringing their ‘party' to the Festival for the first time, The Soul Rebels with special guests Leo Nocentelli, Zigaboo Modeliste and Ivan Neville were founded by New Orleans natives Lumar LeBlanc and Derrick Moss, all of whom are making their Festival debut. An eight piece ensemble harnessing the power of horns and drums in the party-like atmosphere of a dance club, the group honed their skills where most New Orleans bands do -- in the street. Nocentelli, the group's guitarist, has recorded with such major artists as Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Sting. Modeliste, a pioneer of second line funk, has worked with Keith Richards, Robert Palmer and Dr. John. Both of them are original members of the legendary Meters, New Orleans' most famous funk band. Singer-songwriter Ivan Neville, also a multi-instrumentalist, is the son of Aaron Neville and leader of the group Dumpstaphunk. Together they've updated the brass band tradition and taken it a step further by adding hip hop and half sung, half rapped lyrics. The group averages 250 shows a year, playing everywhere from South Africa to Europe and the United States.
Returning as Master of Ceremonies for his 31st year, jazz aficionado Bill Cosby will bring his own group of specially chosen musicians to perform. Featured in this year's Cos Of Good Music are: Pianist Farid Barron; noted bassist and composer Dwayne Burno; three time Grammy nominee, world class drummer and percussionist Ndugu Chancler; veteran saxophonist Tia Fuller; guitarist Matthew Garrison; esteemed trumpeter Ingrid Jensen; master jazz percussionist Babatunde Lea; exceptional saxophonist Erena Terakubo. Farid Barron, Tia Fuller, Matthew Garrison, and Erena Terakubo are all making their Festival debut.
Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is synonymous with Dixieland and the best of New Orleans jazz and blues. Making a return appearance, the group once again will bring the spirit of the Crescent City to the Playboy stage in another rousing performance. Renowned for their rotating group of local New Orleans musicians who tour throughout the world, the group's mission is to preserve the legacy of the traditional New Orleans and Dixieland jazz typically played on the Mississippi riverboats until the early 20th century.