Touring the Mother Road

After the Playboy Jazz Festival’s action-paced weekend of jazz, blues, world music and related genres, the Hollywood Bowl shifts to focusing on its Jazz, World Music and Special Concerts Series. Although the Hollywood Bowl could never be considered an intimate venue these special groupings give listeners opportunities to enjoy one, two or even several artists for unencumbered music savoring.

In fact, many attendees come early to dine and/or socialize with friends, co-workers and relatives, and also during intermissions. The format of the Playboy Jazz Festival is non-stop each day with a revolving stage and the music can be intense—making the music series much more relaxing and easier absorb. This is a summary of the upcoming concerts:  
July 20
Yes We Can Can: An Allen Toussaint Salute
Jazz at the Bowl 1

Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
The Allen Toussaint Band
Cyril Neville, special guest
Irma Thomas, special guest

New Orleans’ finest: Dr. John, The Allen Toussaint Band, and Galactic celebrate the late legendary New Orleans composer, producer, performer and humanitarian, whose hits include “Southern Nights,” “Yes We Can Can” and “Working in the Coal Mine,” with their own sets and special guests.

July 28
Copland & Marsalis
Classical Thursdays 1

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
Nicola Benedetti, violin

Copland An Outdoor Overture
Marsalis Violin Concerto (LA Phil co-commission, West Coast premiere)
Copland Symphony No. 3

Written especially for Benedetti, Marsalis' work draws inspiration from the violin concerto's long history, from its first formation in the Baroque era to the 21st Century; it also incorporates a slow movement inspired by an African American spiritual, and explores Benedetti and Marsalis' own musical heritage in Scottish folk and American jazz music respectively. It is not only a unique fusion of musical styles from around the world but a celebration and representation of collective cultures embodied in one work. The concerto, which was co-commissioned by Ravinia, the LA Phil, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra, received its world premiere with the violinist and the LSO under conductor James Gaffigan in London last November.
August 3
Gladys Knight • Tower of Power
Jazz at the Bowl 2

Gladys Knight
Tower of Power

The Empress of Soul, seven-time Grammy® winner Gladys Knight, continues her decades-long reign as R&B royalty. The award-winning singer has recorded more than 38 albums and scored No. 1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, including such classics as “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” and “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye).” Timeless horn titans Tower of Power open the evening, continuing their legacy of more than 45 years of soulful urban jazz.

August 10
50 Years Of Jeff Beck
Jazz at the Bowl 1

Jeff Beck
Steven Tyler, special guest
Beth Hart, special guest
Buddy Guy

Celebrated guitarist and Rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Beck marks 50 momentous years of electrifying live performances with this very special appearance. One of the most widely acclaimed guitarists in popular music, Beck is known for his wild mix of blues, funk, and jazz rock, as well as collaborations with countless luminaries. Legendary Chicago bluesman, the Real Deal, Buddy Guy performs prior.

August 12 & 13
An Olympic Carnival
Sergio Mendes & 50 Years of Brasil ‘66
Weekend Spectaculars - Friday 1
Sergio Mendes
Brasil ’66
Herb Alpert, special guest
Lani Hall, special guest
Dianne Reeves, special guest
Romero Lubambo, special guest
Angel Blue, soprano
Viver Brasil
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins, conductor

Olympic fever hits the Bowl with a salute to the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro. The scintillating samba/pop rhythms of Grammy®-winner Sergio Mendes, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his influential band Brasil ’66 provides an electrifying evening of samba, capoeira, Bloco-Afro drummers and fireworks!

August 14
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Sunday Sunset Concerts

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins, conductor

Mexican guitar heroes Rodrigo y Gabriela return with their virtuosic mix of epic licks and intimate instrumentals for a magical collaboration with orchestra. Taking influences from the world of Latin, jazz, rock and heavy metal, the pair’s high-energy performances create a six-string sound like no other.

August 17
The Ultimate Tribute to Ray Charles starring Maceo Parker • Christian McBride Big Band, with special guest Philip Bailey
Jazz at the Bowl 2

Maceo Parker
A Tribute to the Ray Charles Orchestra
A Tribute to the Raelettes
Christian McBride Big Band
Philip Bailey, special guest

Legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker, known for his work with James Brown and Prince, over 25 years of solo work, and as a bandleader in his own right, leads a tribute to Ray Charles, Ray’s orchestra and the Raelettes. Master musician Christian McBride showcases his talent on bass while driving his Grammy®-winning big band, with special guest Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire.

August 19
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Weekend Spectaculars - Friday 1

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
City and Colour

Three-time Grammy® winner Ben Harper and his recently reunited band perform for the first time with full orchestra. The soulful singer-songwriter who has achieved worldwide acclaim along with his stellar band will perform songs from their celebrated career and new album Call It What It Is. City and Colour (solo) opens with introspective folk rock melodies.

August 21
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
KCRW's World Festival 1

Silk Road Ensemble
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel, host

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his innovative brainchild, The Silk Road Ensemble, bring their collaborative excellence to the Bowl stage for an exciting evening of world music exploration. Made up of performers and composers from more than 20 countries and lauded as “vibrant and virtuosic” The Wall Street Journal, the ensemble encompasses musical traditions from around the globe.

August 24
MEGA NOVA featuring Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Cindy Blackman Santana, Marcus Miller and Carlos Santana • Booker T - Stax Revue
Jazz at the Bowl 1

Herbie Hancock
Wayne Shorter
Cindy Blackman Santana
Marcus Miller
Carlos Santana
Booker T - Stax Revue

Showcasing groundbreaking musical explorations, Mega Nova puts five musical titans together and brings their influential music to life – a joyous celebration with modern jazz and rock icons alike. Booker T journeys through soul, blues and R&B to open the evening.

August 28
Smooth Summer Jazz Festival
Special Concerts

George Benson
Average White Band
Jeff Lorber Fusion
To Grover With Love, featuring Jason Miles

The Bowl proudly presents its summer mini-festival of the finest smooth jazz artists, including: 10-time Grammy®-winner George Benson; the funky soul sounds of Average White Band; the compelling, contemporary groove of Jeff Lorber Fusion; and Jason Miles’ To Grover, With Love, a tribute to smooth jazz founding father Grover Washington, Jr.

August 31
The Black Movie Soundtrack II
Jazz at the Bowl 2

Marcus Miller
Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson of Earth Wind and Fire
Full Force
Alice Smith
Charlie Wilson
Additional special guests to be announced
Craig Robinson, host
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Vince Mendoza, conductor

By popular demand, Grammy®-winner Marcus Miller and acclaimed producer/director Reginald Hudlin reprise the Bowl’s 2014 Black Movie Soundtrack event with new clips and some funky favorites. Film star and comedian Craig Robinson hosts this soulful celebration of black cinema classics.

September 7
Carlos Vives
Jazz at the Bowl 1

Carlos Vives

One of Colombia’s greatest artists, multiple Grammy®-winning singer/composer/actor Carlos Vives brings his pioneering mix of traditional Columbian folk music and irresistible pop beats to the Bowl for the first time, including some of his greatest hits as “Volví a Nacer” “El Mar de Sus Ojos” and “La Tierra del Olvido.”

September 14

Sing The Truth Celebrating Lena Horne, Dinah Washington, Eartha Kitt and Natalie Cole
Jazz at the Bowl 2

Sing the Truth starring:
Patti Austin
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Terri Lyne Carrington
Judith Hill
Freddy Cole, special guest

Five outstanding contemporary female stars celebrate the legacies of four iconic and unforgettable women whose talents and pioneering spirit live on.

September 17
Brainfeeder at the Hollywood Bowl
Special Concerts

Flying Lotus
Funkadelic featuring George Clinton and Parliament
Shabazz Palaces
The Gaslamp Killer

Oozing through Los Angeles since 2008 on its own space-time curve, the “beat scene” family makes its way to the Bowl for an epic night of sounds from the Brainfeeder trust. Be there to celebrate the evolution – and revolution – of beat-minded music, from electronic and deconstructed jazz, to futuristic R&B and instrumental hip hop.

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