Playboy Jazz Festival

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Playboy Jazz Festival
Playboy Jazz Festival 2007.jpg
Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles 2007
Genre Music festival
Frequency Annually
Venue Hollywood Bowl
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Country United States
Years active 1959, 1979 to present
Inaugurated 1959 (1959)
Founder Hugh Hefner
Organised by FestivalWest in association with the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Sponsor Playboy Enterprises

The Playboy Jazz Festival is an annual event sponsored by Playboy Enterprises to celebrate jazz as well as feature both established and up and coming musicians of the genre.


It was founded by Hugh Hefner and was first held in Chicago, Illinois at the Chicago Stadium in 1959. However, the second festival did not occur until 1979 when it was moved to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The event has been held there ever since.[1]

The Festival[edit]

The Festival is held on a Saturday and Sunday in mid-June. Bill Cosby was the emcee of the majority of the annual festivals from 1979 to 2012. In 2013, comedian George Lopez hosted for the first time, and did so again in 2014 and 2015.[2][3] Lopez is scheduled to emcee once again in 2016.[4]

In 2014, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, which presents the summer Hollywood Bowl concerts, assumed presenting and booking duties.[5]

The Playboy Jazz Festival is broadcast live by the Southern California jazz public radio station KKJZ.


  1. ^ Nina Gordon Public Relations (February 26, 2010). "Playboy and Jazz: A History". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on July 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ Barton, Chris (February 18, 2014). "All-star tribute to George Duke leads Playboy Jazz Festival lineup". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on June 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Mitchell, Gail. "Playboy Jazz Festival 2015 Lineup: Herbie Hancock, Ledisi & More". 
  4. ^ "Playboy Jazz Festival 2016". 
  5. ^ Brown, August (December 4, 2013). "L.A. Philharmonic to present, book Playboy Jazz Festival". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on July 29, 2014. 

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