Playboy Jazz Festival

Playboy Jazz Festival 2014
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Playboy Jazz Festival 2014

Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Hollywood Bowl
34.112782, -118.339108 (View Map)
2 Days (Wed, 14 Jun 2017 - Thu, 15 Jun 2017)
Ticket Price
$26.50 - $179.50
Festival Planned

The annual Playboy Jazz Festival is this year scheduled for 14-15th June 2014 and will be hosted at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Going into it’s 36th year the Playboy Jazz Festival has a long history of providing exceptional jazz artists to it’s jazz loving crowd.

The 2014 Playboy Jazz Fest’s linup includes such names as George Benson, Al Jarreau, Stanley Clarke and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Tickets sell out quickly so act fast and don’t miss out.

Full line-up below.


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Playboy Jazz Festival 1979

Playboy Jazz Festival 1979

The Playboy Jazz Festival was originally founded in Chicago, Illinois by Hugh Hefner but it wasn’t until 1979 that the 2nd festival was hosted, this time at Hollywood Bowl in LA. The Hollywood Bowl amphitheater has been the venue of the event ever since.

From 1979 to 2012 the festival was hosted by comedian Bill Cosby. Since 2013 the emcee (Master of Ceremonies) duty has been passed down to comedian George Lopez.

Whilst still known as the Playboy Jazz Festival, in 2014 the event will be presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association who also present many of the summer concerts also hosted at Hollywood Bowl.

If you can’t make it to this years festival, you’ll be happy to know that you can listen to all performances live on KKJZ, a South Californian public jazz radio station.

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Lineup & Schedule

The 2014 Playboy Jazz Festival lineup is shown below.

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The 2014 Playboy Jazz Festival lineup is as follows:

– Dianne Reeves
– Jamie Cullum
– Celebrating George Duke! Starring Al Jarreau and Stanley Clarke w/ Ndugu Chancler, Paul Jackson, Jr.& Byron Miller
– John Beasley, music director
– Kenny Barron with special guest Ravi Coltrane
– Arturo Sandoval Big Band
– Allen Stone
– Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9 featuring Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein
– Tia Fuller
– The New Jump Blues featuring Antonio ‘Huggy Bear’ Fargas
– The LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All City Jazz Band under the direction of Tony White and J.B. Dyas
– George Lopez, master of ceremonies
SUNDAY, JUNE 15 3-10:30PM
– George Benson with special guest Earl Klugh
– Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn and Eric Harland: PRISM
– Fantasia
– Dr. Lonnie Smith “In the Beginnings” Octet
– José James
– Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars
– Jon Batiste and Stay Human
– James Cotton Blues Band with special guest Big Jay McNeely
– Los Amigos Invisibles
– Esperanza High School Band under the direction of Brad Davis
– George Lopez, master of ceremonies

what do you think of this years lineup?

The Playboy Jazz Festival 2013 lineup

– the Brubeck Brothers Quartet’s Tribute to Dave Brubeck
– George Duke with Jeffrey Osborne
– the LAUSD Beyond the Bell Jazz Band under the direction of Tony White and J.B. Dyas
– Bob James/Davis Sanborn featuring Steve Gadd and James Genus
– Trombone Shortly & Orleans Avenue
– Sheila E.
– Taj Mahal and The Real Thing Tuba Band
– ELEW and Jazzantiqua Dance Ensemble with Pat Taylor the artistic director
– Ladysmith Black Mombazo
– the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jason Goldman
– the Pedrito Martiniz Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo
– the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra celebrating Quincy Jones’ 80th birthday with Patti Austin and Hubert Laws
– India.Arie
– the Grace Kelly Quintet with Phil Woods
– Angelique Kidjo with Hugh Masekela
– Gregory Porter; the Robert Glasper Experiment
– Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band with Lee Ritenour
– Olé Coltrane featuring Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band with James Carter
– Naturally 7 with Herbie Hancock


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Tickets for the 2014 Playboy Jazz Festival are available from TicketMaster (Day 1 – 14th June | Day 2 15th June) prices range from $26.50 – $179.50 depending on where you seat during the performances.

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Playboy Jazz Festival 2014 Seating Chart

Playboy Jazz Festival 2014 Seating Chart

The venue for the 2014 Playboy Jazz Festival is Hollywood Bowl. Transport to and from Hollywood Bowl.

Address: 2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068, United States
Phone: (323) 850-2000
Capacity: 17,376 (seating)


You can bring your own food to Hollywood Bowl but there are also many places to eat. Full list of restaurants and places to eat at the bowl.

Flights & Transportation

LAX Airport Map

LAX Airport Map

The closest international airport to Hollywood Bowl is the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Distance from Los Angeles International Airport to Hollywood bowl is around 21km and takes around 48 mins to travel by car or taxi. Transport information to and from the airport.

Currently around 35 airlines operate from LAX including:

Virgin Atlantic (Cheapest)
Swiss (2nd Cheapest)
Lufthansa (3rd Cheapest)
Air France (4th Cheapest)

To get the best flight deals I would use SkyScanner‘s official search widget below.

Hotels & Accommodation

The cheapest hotel and accommodation options I could find in and around Hollywood during the Playboy Jazz Festival (mid June) are shown below (Click HERE for a complete list).

*** Hotel prices rise exponentially as you get closer to the festival dates. Book early to avoid disappointment. ***

Hotels Combined

If you are on a super shoe-string budget then search HostelWorld and get a bed in Hollywood for as little as $25.00.

Easily the nicest hotel in LA.

Easily the nicest hotel in LA.

Check out the nicest hotel in Los Angeles (Hotel Bel-Air) >>

I would recommend checking Los Angeles hotel reviews on TripAdvisor prior to placing any booking. Alternatively, why don’t you try something different and rent someones apartment during the festival period at AirBnB?! Click here for a free £15 credit towards your first booking!

Note that there is NO TENT CAMPING at the Playboy Jazz Festival. However, if you really did want to camp, either in a tent or your RV/Motorhome, then you can check out the nearby camping facilities here on


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Post last updated by Paul Thomson on April 30, 2014
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