JAZZ.Byline: - Fred Shuster
Jazz is often best in clubs and concert halls but can make an equally strong impression under wide-open skies. This season's 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. makes a case for the outdoors with a turn from the all-star quartet of jazz greats Herbie Hancock Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12 1940 in Chicago, Illinois) is an award winning American jazz pianist and composer. Hancock is one of jazz music's most important and influential pianists and composers. , Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter (born August 25 1933) is an American jazz composer and saxophonist, commonly regarded as one of the more important American jazz sax players and composers since the 1960s. , Dave Holland and Brian Blade. Also on deck this summer are promising multinight club dates by pianist Hank Jones and muscular sax man Sonny Fortune, plus open-air flings with Diana Krall. Here are some jazz picks.
Ernie Watts Quartet, Times Mirror Central Court, free.
Spanky Wilson Pasadena Museum of California Art The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is a museum located in Pasadena, California, USA, showcasing art and architecture specifically originating from California and celebrating the state's various cultures and geography. , Free.
Tomasz Stanko Quartet, Jazz Bakery, $20.
Hank Jones Trio, Jazz Bakery, through June 20, $25 and $30.
Dee Dee Bridgewater Dee Dee Bridgewater (b. May 27, 1950) is an American Jazz singer. She is a two-time Grammy Award Winner, Tony Award Winner and Host of NPR's Syndicated Radio show "JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater". She is a United Nations Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). , Catalina's, through June 20, $18-$30.
Playboy Jazz Festival, Hollywood Bowl, also June 20, $15-$100.
Jimmy Cobb Mob, Jazz Bakery, through June 27, $25 and $30.
Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, $24 and $30.
Poncho Sanchez, Jazz Bakery, $25.
Peggy Lee Tribute, Hollywood Bowl, $1-$110.
Sonny Fortune Quartet, Jazz Bakery, through July 18, $25.
Diana Krall, Greek Theater, also July 17 (and Santa Barbara Bowl The Santa Barbara Bowl is a 4,562-seat amphitheater located in Santa Barbara, California. It was built in 1936 as a WPA project. It is used for concerts and other special events. , July 18), $34.50-$129.50.
Old Pasadena JazzFest, Brookside Park, Rose Bowl adjacent, Pasadena, also July 18, $25-$150.
Cassandra Wilson, Hollywood Bowl, $1-$110.
Count Basie Centennial, Hollywood Bowl, $1-$110.
Russell Malone Quartet, Jazz Bakery, through Aug. 1, $25.
Horace Silver, Santa Monica Pier The Santa Monica Pier is located at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, California and is a prominent landmark. Attractions
The pier contains Pacific Park, a family amusement park with a large ferris wheel. , free.
Central Avenue Jazz Festival, Central Avenue, Los Angeles, also Aug. 1, free.
Dave Brubeck Quartet, Hollywood Bowl, $1-$110.
Chris Potter, California Plaza, free.
Bill Cunliffe, Pasadena Museum of California Art, also Aug. 7, free.
Willie Colon, Hollywood Bowl, $1-$110.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a New Orleans, Louisiana, brass band. The ensemble was established in 1977 by Benny Jones together with members of the Tornado Brass Band. The Dirty Dozen revolutionized the New Orleans brass band style by incorporating funk and bebop into the , Hollywood Bowl, $1-$110.
JVC JVC Victor Company of Japan (or Japan's Victor Company)
JVC Jewelers Vigilance Committee
JVC Jesuit Volunteer Corps
JVC Jet Vane Control (directs VLS-launched missiles)
JVC Jonker-Volgenant-Castanon Jazz, Hollywood Bowl, $1-$110.
Dave Holland, Hollywood Bowl, $1-$110.
McCoy Tyner Trio, Catalina's, through Sept. 5, $18-$30.
Blue Note Night, Hollywood Bowl, $1-$110.
(1 -- 4) Herbie Hancock, left, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland and Brian Blade highlight day two of the Playboy Jazz Festival, June 19-20.