Playboy Jazz Festival

The Playboy Jazz Festival is an annual event sponsored by Playboy Enterprises to celebrate jazz as well as feature both established and up and coming musicians of the genre. It was founded by Hugh Hefner and was first held in Chicago, Illinois at the Chicago Stadium in 1959. However, the second festival did not occur until 1979 when it was moved to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The event has been held there ever since.

The 2008 edition took place on June 14th & 15th.

The Festival is held on Saturday and Sunday in mid-June. Bill Cosby has been the emcee since 1995. The Festival is produced by George Wein's Festival Productions, Inc..The Playboy Jazz Festival is broadcast live by the Southern California jazz public radio station KKJZ.


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