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31st Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

June 15, 2009 Events, Gourmet, Jazz 1 Comment

This past weekend, JS and I hit up the Hollywood Bowl to check out the Playboy Jazz Festival. It was a lot of fun. We listened to good music, munched on gourmet treats, drank champagne, and soaked up some sun.


Though we could only make it out for Sunday, we were still able to experience a good, eclectic lineup.

Here are some of the highlights:

We parked across the street in Lot D.

Though the poor car was subjected to “stacked parking,” we were still able to beat the crowd and leave right away. woohooo! When we came out, there was no one parked next to me =)

JS sipping iced coffee… ready for some Jazz. She was all about the Wayne Shorter Quartet.

This was the view from our seats. Not bad considering these tickets were bought pretty late.

We were in section M2, right behind the “Super Seats.”

some of the picnic food we brought: 4 kinds of cheeses (cheddar, jack, havarati, and brie) expertly cut by yours truly… served with sliced baguette and strawberries…  washed down with some Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut.

Bill Cosby (in some of the festival merchandise and sweat pants) mc-ing the event. I hate to say it but he wasn’t really good at hosting the festival. He did have a couple of jokes, but he was pretty inconsistent at introducing the acts. Oh well.

The set played by Monty Alexander’s Jazz and Roots was my favorite of the festival. From Jamaica, they masterfully fused jazz and reggae beats.

Here is a clip of the band performing Bob Marley hit, No Woman, No Cry.

Here is a much-better YouTube video of the group doing their thing… Aren’t they awesome?!

As the sun went down, the lights came out…

Apparently, Kenny G was the headline (JS’ favorite..kidding) and ended the festival. I thought his entire performance was rather cheesy. However, he did do the thing where he held a note for what seemed like an eternity; that was kind of cool.

Overall, it was really fun, and next time, I will definitely have to purchase seats much earlier.


31st annual Playboy Jazz Festival

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  1. ayami says:

    bill cosby??

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