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.

Playboy Jazz Festival
Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, 2007
Location(s)Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Coordinates34°06′46″N 118°20′20″W
Years active1959; 1979–present
Founded byHugh Hefner


It was founded by Hugh Hefner and was first held in Chicago, Illinois at the Chicago Stadium in 1959. However, the festival did not occur again until 1979, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles as a celebration of the magazine's 25th anniversary. The event has been held there ever since.[1]

The Festival

The Festival is held on a Saturday and Sunday in mid-June. Bill Cosby was the emcee of the majority of the annual festivals from 1979 to 2012. In 2013, comedian George Lopez began hosting the event after Cosby retired.[2]

In 2014, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, which presents the summer Hollywood Bowl concerts, assumed presenting and booking duties.[3]

The Playboy Jazz Festival is broadcast live by the Southern California jazz public radio station KKJZ.


  1. Nina Gordon Public Relations (February 26, 2010). "Playboy and Jazz: A History". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on July 29, 2014.
  2. "George Lopez To Host 35th Playboy Jazz Festival". The Beverly Hills Courier. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  3. Brown, August (December 4, 2013). "L.A. Philharmonic to present, book Playboy Jazz Festival". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on July 29, 2014.

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