The L.A. Philharmonic announced the full lineup of the 38th Playboy Jazz Festival, and the roster again offers a far-reaching sample from the worlds of jazz, pop and beyond.
Co-presented by the L.A. Phil in collaboration with longtime producer Festival West Inc., the two-day festival scheduled for June 11 and 12 at the Hollywood Bowl includes a pair of names familiar to Grammy watchers -- vocal powerhouse Cecile McLorin Salvant and 12-year-old piano prodigy Joey Alexander.
Both will perform on Saturday as part of a lineup that includes "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" bandleader Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human, a capella group Naturally 7, Cuban favorites Los Van Van, keyboardist John Beasley’s MONK’estra, South African fusion group Freshlyground and adventurous piano trio the Bad Plus joined by saxophonist Joshua Redman in a reprise of their collaborative 2015 album.
Sunday's lineup includes a tribute to the late B.B. King with a set by the Robert Cray Band joined by Sonny Landreth and Roy Gaines. Other performers include acclaimed trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah presenting his Stretch Music project along with festival favorites the Pete Escovedo Orchestra, Javon Jackson and Sax Appeal, R&B singer-songwriter Liv Warfield, pianist Anthony Strong and New Orleans' Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr. and the Congo Nation-New Orleans Cultural Group.
The festival lineup was first teased back in January with word that "Family Guy" creator (and adept pop vocalist) Seth MacFarlane would perform along with Grammy-nominated R&B futurist Janelle Monae and smooth jazz quartet Fourplay, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with its Sunday performance.
FOR THE RECORD
March 3, 2:18 p.m.: An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of Seth MacFarlane.
True to tradition, both days of the festival will be opened by student ensembles from the LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All-City Jazz Big Band and the CSUN Jazz A Band. Comedian George Lopez also returns as master of ceremonies.
More information is available at the festival's website, and tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.