Chick Corea & George Benson Among Headliners For Playboy Jazz Fest


LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Chick Corea Freedom Band, George Benson and the Manhattan Transfer are set to headline the 2010 Playboy Jazz Festival.

Produced by FestivalWest Inc., this year will mark the 32nd annual return of the festival. The event is set to take place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles from June 12-13 and will be hosted by comedian Bill Cosby.

Other acts on the lineup include Kurt Elling, Sax For Stax, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Tiemp Libre and Jake Shimabukuro.

"It's a party with the greatest ambience and sound. Given the downturn in the economy and the music business, this music always brings something to the heart and lifts spirits." Hugh Hefner, the festival's executive director during a press conference.

Saturday
Chick Corea Freedom Band with Christian McBride, Roy Haynes, Kenny Garrett
Sax for Stax featuring Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber and Kirk Whalum
Kurt Elling
Los Van Van
Marcus Miller Band with featured guest artist Christian Scott
The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra Salutes Louie Bellson
Javon Jackson Band with special guest Les McCann
Naturally 7
Jake Shimabukur
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Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
El Dorado High School under the direction of Richard Watson

Sunday
George Benson
Manhattan Transfer
Bobby Hutcherson and Cedar Walton Quartet
Salif Keita
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Esperanza Spalding
Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Tiempo Libre
Cos of Good Music with Dwayne Burno, Ndugu Chancler, Mark Gross, Jay Hoggard, D.D. Jackson and Ingrid Jensen
Jazz Mafia’s Brass Bows and Beats
L.A. All District High School Jazz Band under the direction of Tony White and J.B. Dyas

-CelebrityAccess Staff Writers