Jazz Masters: Jeffrey Osborne, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones appear at the Playboy Jazz Festival pre-media event. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman
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George Duke was Catalyst for Solo Career, Says Osborne

Singer Jeffrey Osborne has to be heartbroken today. Osborne and the rest of the world lost one of the great musical maestros of this generation when George Duke passed away from leukemia. For the music industry, it is a big blow. Music fans lost an icon. Osborne lost a lot more. Duke left a lasting […]

Indie Arie makes a big splash at the 2013 Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Photo Credit: Erlinda Olvera / News4usonline.com

What You Know About Jazz…

[flagallery gid=4] You missed it. The 2013 Playboy Jazz Festival was off the meat rack Father’s Day weekend at the Hollywood Bowl. I’m not going to lie.  I never even liked jazz until now. The crowd’s reaction to Saturday’s performances by Gregory Porter, Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band featuring James Carter, Naturally 7 […]

Gregory Porter brings his unique soul jazz sound to the Playboy Jazz Festival.

Coming Back to His Roots

Gregory Porter blurs the lines of gospel music and jazz as if they both were synchronized swimmers making a symmetry entry into a wave to water parting ever so slightly waiting for the next magical move that will captivate an audience. To Porter, the music of the gospel and jazz are somewhat one of the […]

Naturally 7 at the 2011 Playboy Jazz Festival. Photo by Mario /News4usonline.com

Fitting in Naturally at the Playboy Jazz Festival

Singing a capella music is about as Old School as you can get. It is not a form of music that comes in your backyard everyday as you sit back and relax and turn up the volume on the radio. These days it’s about the flavor of hip hop, underground rap and some other noise […]

The lovely and talented Patrice Rushen. Photo Credit: Melvinna Bailey
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Playboy Jazz Festival Comes to the Hills

The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza was cracking Sunday afternoon when the Playboy Jazz Festival selected this venue, as it does every year, to host one of its free community concerts. The energy was high among the hundreds of people attending the event. Anyone from 8 to 80 could be found there in a linen suit […]

Singer Jeffrey Osborne (left) will be making his Playboy Jazz Festival debut in June. EUR (Electronic Urban Report) founder Lee Bailey shares a light moment with Osborne at the Playboy Mansion. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

Jeffrey Osborne Brings His Soulful Sound to the Playboy Jazz Festival

BEVERLY HILLS-When noted crooner Jeffrey Osborne takes the stage for the first time as a performer at the Playboy Jazz Festival in June, he will be returning to his roots. In some ways he already has.  Osborne, one of the most soulful singers of all-time, will be sharing the stage with legendary producer and jazz […]

Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock will be performing at this year's Playboy Jazz Festival. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

George Duke, Herbie Hancock and Sheila E. to Anchor Playboy Jazz Festival

BEVERLY HILLS-This year’s Playboy Jazz Festival will feature a dash of something new as well incorporating a lot of old-school flavor to it. Fans of the annual celebration of jazz can expect a splendid mix of sauces that is sure to leave them with a taste for more. This year’s master of ceremonies won’t be […]

Robin Thicke lit up the 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival with a electric performance. Photo: Dennis J. Freeman
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Robin Thicke Shines at Playboy Jazz Festival

Performing for the first time at the Playboy Jazz Festival can be intimidating for some musical acts. That wasn’t the case with soulful crooner Robin Thicke, who made his debut at one of the most recognizable jazz festivals in the world a memorable one.  A great songwriter and composer, Thicke has burst on the national […]

Jazz great Ramsey Lewis takes the at the 34th Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

Ramsey Lewis Delivers All That Jazz

There is nothing new or different that jazz great Ramsey Lewis hasn’t seen throughout his brilliant and legendary career. When you have recorded music 80 albums as Lewis has it would be a stretch to think that there might be a thing or two to slip by the jazz maestro. Embellished by the gospel music […]

Sheila E. is moving to higher heights through her faith in God.

Sheila E. Finds Healing in Music and Her Faith

The healing power of God is still very real. Sheila Escovedo is a living witness to this testament. Better known to music fans worldwide as the wondrously beautiful Grammy and Emmy-nominated percussionist and composer Sheila E., the supremely talented Escovedo can vouch first-hand how the Higher Power saved her life in more ways than one. […]

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will bring their New Orleans-flavored jazz sound to this year's Playboy Jazz Festival.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band is Big Easy Delight

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been around for over a half a century. Band members has come and gone. But the music and its mission remain the same. Much like the city of New Orleans where the band was founded and first came alive, resiliency has been the key to its survival. Incorporating the […]

Keyboardist Jeff Lorber brings jazz fusion to life in "Galaxy." Photo Credit: Marina Chavez
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Jazz Fusion is Passion & Play for Jeff Lorber

Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is a master at jazz fusion. To get to where he is today, Lorber watched and listened to the best at jazz fusion.  Along his journey of becoming one of the more dynamic jazz fusion artists on the scene today, Lorber was somewhat guided into the musical genre by the times of […]

The great Dianne Reeves belts out one of her signature songs at the 33rd Playboy Jazz Festival./Photo by Mario

Jazz Great Dianne Reeves is Never Too Far From Home

By Dennis J. Freeman When you think of great jazz vocalists, there are about a handful of singers that come to mind. Dianne Reeves should at least be considered in that conversation.  For over the last 20 years, Reeves’ powerful, soulful voice has been a staple in the jazz world. Performing at the 33rd Playboy […]

Fourplay's Nathan East does his thing at the 33rd Playboy Jazz Festival./Photo Credit: Mario/news4usonline.com

Fourplay Still Has All That Jazz at Playboy Jazz Festival

By Dennis J. Freeman Each of the four members of Fourplay described their music at the 33rd Playboy Jazz Festival along the lines of being romantic, mature, flowing and Democratic. In the 21 years that Fourplay has been together, their sound can be very much summed up in those profound words.  Hearing a Fourplay song […]