Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival

Coordinates: 34°06′46″N 118°20′20″W / 34.11278°N 118.33889°W / 34.11278; -118.33889
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Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival
Playboy Jazz Festival 2007.jpg
Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, 2007
Location(s)Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Coordinates34°06′46″N 118°20′20″W / 34.11278°N 118.33889°W / 34.11278; -118.33889
Years active2022-present; previously held as Playboy Jazz Festival: 1959; 1979–2021
Founded byHugh Hefner
Organized byLos Angeles Philharmonic Association

The Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival is an event held in the Hollywood Bowl that celebrates jazz and features both established and up-and-coming jazz musicians. Founded in 1959 by Hugh Hefner as the Playboy Jazz Festival, it was held in Chicago but did not recur until 1979, when the venue was moved to the Hollywood Bowl.

In 2022, the festival changed its name. It was held June 25 and 26 that year and hosted by comedian Arsenio Hall.

The event is organized by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, which presents the summer Hollywood Bowl concerts.


The festival was founded as the Playboy Jazz Festival by Hugh Hefner and first held in Chicago at the Chicago Stadium in 1959. However, the festival did not occur again until 1979, when the Hollywood Bowl played host in Los Angeles in celebration of the magazine's 25th anniversary. The event is held there annually;[1] in 2022, it changed its name to the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival.[2]

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 took over after Cosby retired,[3] and continued hosting through 2021.[4] The 2022 festival was hosted comedian Arsenio Hall.[5]

In 2014, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, which presents the summer Hollywood Bowl concerts, assumed presenting and booking duties.[6]

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

In 2020, the festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7][8]

In November 2021 the name was changed to "Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival" effective June 2022.[2][4]


  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. ^ a b HBTadmin (2021-11-24). "The Playboy Jazz Festival is now the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival". Hollywood Bowl Tips. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  3. ^ "George Lopez To Host 35th Playboy Jazz Festival". The Beverly Hills Courier. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival 2022 in Los Angeles - Dates". rove.me. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  5. ^ "Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival 2022 in Los Angeles - Dates". HollywoodBowl.com. Retrieved 2022-06-28.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Hollywood Bowl cancels entire 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns". Daily News. 2020-05-13. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  8. ^ "Playboy Jazz Festival | Hollywood Bowl". Hollywood Bowl. Retrieved 2022-01-31.

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