Invited guest consisted of media, musicians and music industry representatives. A light drizzle could not put a damper on the occasion nor lessen the eagerness of the crowd gathered to hear the announcement for this year’s festival.
The Playboy Jazz Festival continues to celebrate diversity and the ever evolving boundaries of jazz.
The 27th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival will spotlight the future when it presents an eclectic line-up of renowned legends and young, up and coming stars.
The 27th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival will showcase the many variations of jazz from contemporary to straight-ahead, bop to big band, blues to R&B, swing to salsa, world music and hip-hop.
27th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival Artist Line-Up:
Saturday, June 11th, 2005-Boney James, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Joshua Redman Elastic Band, KEB’ MO’, Norman Brown’s Summer Storm starring Peabody Bryson, Brenda Russell, and Everett Harp, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra Legacy: A Celebration featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Jon Faddis, Israel "Cachao" Lopez Y Su Orquesta, Joey DeFrancesco/Kenny Burrell Quartet-In a tribute to Jimmy Smith, Stix Hooper & ViewPoint, Jazz Tap Ensemble and Caravan Project, and L.A. Multi-School Jazz Band directed by Reggie Andrews.
Sunday, June 12th, 2005-George Benson, The Saxophone Summit featuring Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, and Dave Liebman, Dr. John, Gilberto Santa Rosa, The Heath Brothers featuring Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath, Albert "Tootie" Heath, and Jeb Patton, Chico Hamilton and Euphoria, Roy Ayers, daKAH HIP HOP Orchestra, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Ledisi, North Hollywood High School Jazz Band directed by Jonathan Kenion.
Ticket Information-tickets are currently available by mail order only. Please see Sundays, March 6th, 2005 Los Angeles Times Calendar Section for a full page ad with a 2005 Playboy Jazz Festival ticket coupon. Archive copies of the Los Angeles Times are available at the local libraries throughout Los Angeles County. You may call (310) 449-4070 to request a mail order form. Tickets go on sale May 7th, 2005 through Ticketmaster or at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office on May 7th, 2005. Playboy Jazz Festival Hotline (310)449-4070.