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The 39th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival Returns to the Hollywood Bowl June 10 and 11

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By Jenny Peters

Pull out your most sophisticated outfits, make your hair appointments, grab a parasol and pack a picnic basket, for it’s that time of year again! The 39th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival is back at the Hollywood Bowl on June 10 and 11, 2017, presented by the LA Phil, and tickets for both Saturday and Sunday are on sale now.

Corinne Bailey Rae will perform on Saturday, June 10, 2017, during the 39th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Photo courtesy Playboy Jazz Festival/Hollywood Bowl.

Prices range from $21 to $176 for each day, with concerts starting at 3 p.m. and going until about 10:30 p.m. Comedian George Lopez hosts each day, which both feature top acts performing a wide range of musical styles.

Marcus Miller is one of the headliners at the 39th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival happening at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Photo courtesy Playboy Jazz Festival/Hollywood Bowl.

Saturday’s lineup includes a much-anticipated mash-up of two terrific blues-jazz legends, as TajMo’: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band brings together those talented artists. Corinne Bailey Rae will also serenade the sure-to-be-happy audience; Arturo Sandoval leads his Latin Big Band, celebrating Bobby Hutcherson, Stefon Harris, Roy Ayers and Warren Wolf; and The California Honeydrops will combine funk, soul, jazz and more into a winning combination that’s sure to get people dancing in the aisles. Other performers on Saturday are Marcus Miller with special guest Rahsaan Patterson; Hudson with Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield; Jacob Collier; The Django Festival Allstars; and the CSULB Pacific Standard Time Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Christine Guter.

TajMo’: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band brings together those talented artists at the 39th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival happening at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Photo courtesy Playboy Jazz Festival/Hollywood Bowl.

Sunday brings another full day of musical maestros to the Hollywood Bowl, with talents ranging from Common and Gregory Porter to Lalah Hathaway, the Hamilton De Holanda Trio, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra and Miles Mosley & The West Coast Get Down. Also on the bill are Carl Allen & The Art of Elvin, Cory Hamilton & The Funk Apostles and the LAUSD/Beyond the Bell Jazz Band under the direction of Tony White and J. B. Dyas. In addition, Playboy Jazz Fest attendees will get to hear The Kenny Garrett Quintet and see the JazzAntiqua Dance Ensemble perform together in a world premiere collaboration.

Common is set to perform on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the 39th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Photo courtesy Playboy Jazz Festival/Hollywood Bowl.

It’s sure to be a weekend filled with memorable moments – and naturally, the fantastic Southern California weather is predicted to be perfect, 75F and sunny both days. Be sure to wear sunscreen and bring a blanket, too, for evenings at the Hollywood Bowl do tend to get a bit chilly.

Lalah Hathaway is one of the many musical performers on the bill on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the 39th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Photo courtesy Playboy Jazz Festival/Hollywood Bowl.

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Jet Set Jen is the brainchild of Jenny Peters, a longtime freelance journalist whose career has spanned everything considered "Lifestyle" reporting, from movies and celebrities to fashion and fast cars, with plenty of food, wine and travel thrown in too. She currently contributes regularly to USA Today's 10Best.com, AARP.org, New York Magazine, Coast Magazine, Bask Magazine and numerous other newspapers, magazines and websites worldwide. She is a founding and voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (www.criticschoice.com), which annually honors the year's top films with the Critics' Choice Awards. Jenny and her crack cadre of reporters at Jet Set Jen offer up opinions, suggestions and insider scoops on the best that the world has to offer, to keep you on the cutting edge of that ever elusive pursuit of life, liberty, happiness – and fun, fun, fun.