The Press Release for the Playboy Jazz Festival was on February 16, 2012 in the backyard of the Playboy Mansion. The press and photographers for the Playboy Jazz Festival were shuttled in from downtown Beverly Hills because of the limited parking available at the mansion. After an anxious wait for the shuttles to leave, we were on our way through Beverly Hills into Holmby Hills, the shuttle wound through lush greenery and multi-million dollar homes owned by the top Hollywood stars. Most of the homes were secluded behind tall hedges and iron gates. We rounded a bend and entered Hef's gate, veering right the mansion lummed up on the left, a large stone castle. We continued past the front, through an arch in the building, exiting into a courtyard.
We entered the backyard through an ivy covered walkway. Dominated by a pool that looks like a large pond, I had found the imfamous Grotto.
Bill Cosby and Darlene Chan of Festival West, Inc. were the hosts, unfortunately Hef was under the weather.
Sheila E will be playing at the Playboy Jazz Festival in June.
Bill and Sheila
Some of the artists who will be playing at the Playboy Jazz Festival in June.
Some of the many animals in Hef's Zoo.
Saturday, June 16, 3PM to 11PM
Christian McBride Big Band, Boney James, Ozomatli, Sheila E, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Soul Rebals (Leo Nocntelli, Zigaboo Modeliste, Ivan Neville), Global Gumbo All Stars (Richard Bona, Lionel Loueke, Francisco Mela, Alfredo Rodriquez), Cos of Good Music (Farid Barron, BDwayne Burno, Ndugu Chanvler, Tia Fuller, Matthew Garrison, Ingrid Jensen, Babatunde Lea, Erena Terakubo), The LAUSD/ Beyond the Bell All City Jazz Band under direction of Tony White and J.B. Dyas.
Sunday, June 17, 3PM to 11PM
Ramsey Lewis Electric Band, Robin Thicke, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Keb' Mo' , Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project (Gretchen Parlato, Carmen Lundy, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Helen Sung, Linda Taylor, Mimi Jones), The Cookers (Eddie Henderson, Billy Harper, Craig Handy, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart), Spectrum Road (Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid, John Medeski, Cindy Blackman), Chico Trujillo, KG Omulo, Calabasas High School Jazz Band.