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Sheila E, Ndugu Chancler and Bill Cosby chat at Playboy Festival announcement event

*Hollywood – We interrupt your regularly scheduled program,to bring you an important announcement!

The line-up for the 34th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival in co-operation with the L.A.Philharmonic Association,was announced at a Press Conference on the grounds of the Playboy Mansion,February 16th,2012. The eagerly anticipated announcement is welcome news for music aficionados who attend the festival each year.An added treat is the announcement that the festival will return to the popular Father’s Day Weekend,June 16th & 17th,2012.

The LAUSD Beyond The Bell Jazz Combo directed by Tony White and J.B.Dyas provided some top rated entertainment for the invited guest arriving to the canopied area of the Playboy Mansion.These talented students played “Song For My Father,” “Blue Bossa,” “Tenor Madness,” “Cantaloupe Island,” and “Watermelon Man.” The group consisted of Anthony Lucca-keyboards, Raraham Peyda-guitar,Grady Fowler-bass,McKela Sessions-drums, Mario Menendez-sax and Arturo Coronel-trumpet.

Darlene Chan of Festival West Inc., Producer of the Playboy Jazz Festivals with assistance from Bill Cosby read the line-up to the throng of invited media,industry representatives and musicians.

Without furter ado:34th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival Artist Line-up

Saturday,June 16,2012, 3:00PM-11:00PM

(Artist line-up,subject to change)

Christian McBride Big Band

Boney James


Sheila E

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

The Soul Rebels with special guest Leo Nocentelli, Zigaboo Modeliste and Ivan Neville

Global Gumbo All-Stars featuring Richard Bona,Lionel Loueke,Francisco Mela,Alfredo Rodriquez

Cos of Good Music featuring Farid Barron,Dwanye Burno, Ndugu Chancler,Tia Fuller,Matthew Garrison,Ingrid Jensen,Babatunde Lea and Erena Terakubo

The LAUSD/Beyond The Bell All City Jazz Band under the direction of Tony White and J.B. Dyas

Sunday,June 17,2012, 3:00PM-10:30PM

(Artists line-up,subject to change)

Ramsey Lewis Electric Band

Robin Thicke

Preservation Hall Jazz Band


Terri Lynn Carrington’s Mosaic Project featuring Gretchen Parlato,Carmen Lundy,Tia Fuller,Ingrid Jensen,Helen Sung,Linda Taylor and Mimi Jones

The Cookers featuring Eddie Henderson,Billy Harper,Craig Handy,David Weiss,George Cables,Cecil McBee,and Billy Hart

Spectrum Road featuring Jack Bruce,Vernon Reid,John Medeski, and Cindy Blackmon

Chico Trujillo

KG Omulo

Calabasas High School Jazz A Band under the direction of Joshua Barroll

Bill Cosby will once again return as Master of Ceremonies.

Hugh Hefner-Executive Producer

Richard Rosenzweig-President Emeritus Playboy Jazz Festival

George Wein-Producer Emeritus

Darlene Chan and Festival West Inc.

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34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival Group Photo

Tickets: single day tickets will be available through ticketmaster starting February 16th.Patrons can purchase tickets online at,over the phone by calling (213)365-3500 or (714)740-7878,at any Ticketmaster outlets or by downloading a ticket order form available at There is also a link to the Ticketmaster website on the Playboy Jazz Festival website.Tickets may also be purchased at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office beginning, May 5th. The festival generates a lot of buzz on the internet,twitter, facebook, other social network sites and word of mouth.Don’t be left out of this premier music festival of the summer.

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

Park and Ride:for further information on Park and Ride and Shuttle Lots, Please call (310)850-2000

On-site Parking is extremely limited.For information, call (310)850-2000.

Special Message to All Playboy 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 23″ long and kegs, pony kegs, and party ball 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 are now free to return to your regularly scheduled program.

       Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based writer,music reviewer and Photographer.contach him via: [email protected].