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  • Jun. 27, 2013
  • Herbie Hancock, the William & Carolyn Powers Creative Chair for Jazz, guides the great tradition of jazz at the Bowl with
    8 concerts that span the genre


    These programs are generously sponsored by Acura (July 10, August 21),
    Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (July 17, August 14, August 28)
    and Fidelity Investments (July 31, September 11)

    Media sponsors: 88.1 KJAZZ (July 31, August 7, August 21, August 28),
    Univision 34 (July 17), Amoeba Music (July 31) and
    94.7 The Wave (August 14, September 11)

    WHAT:            The 2013 Jazz at the Bowl Series begins July 10, 2013 with Queen Latifah and Roy Ayers. The series also features, among others, Sergio Mendes and Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, Dr. John’s Tribute to Louis Armstrong, Natalie Cole, Buddy Guy, George Benson’s Tribute to Nat King Cole, and Wayne Shorter’s 80th Birthday Celebration. The season marks Herbie Hancock’s fourth year as Creative Chair for Jazz.

    Program Details:
    Queen Latifah
    Roy Ayers

    Movie star, rapper, Grammy-winner, Emmy-winner and Oscar-nominee Queen Latifah is also an entrancing vocalist known for singing cool sophisticated standards and swinging soul classics. Returning to the Bowl after her triumphant 2007 concert, she brings a charismatic blend of sass, easy-going humor and a voice reminiscent of jazz greats Etta, Nina and Ella. Funky jazz vibesman Ayers opens.

    Sergio Mendes
    Herb Alpert & Lani Hall

    Multi-Grammy winners and long-time musical friends Sergio Mendes and Herb Alpert & Lani Hall bring to the Bowl a night of sublime jazz and irresistible Brazilian rhythms. Alpert & Hall lend their inventive sophistication and style to jazz standards and selections from the Great American Songbook. Renowned for hits such as “Mas Que Nada” and “The Look of Love,” Mendes closes out the party with his breezy Rio-pop grooves.

    Props To Pops: Dr. John’s Tribute to Louis Armstrong
    The Blind Boys of Alabama, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Telmary Diaz, Anthony Hamilton,
    special guests
    Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Arturo Sandoval, Marcus Belgrave, Wendell Brunious, guest trumpeters
    New Orleans pianist Dr. John, with special guest trumpeters and singers, pays a loving tribute to New Orleans’ most famous son, the great Satchmo. From “Mack the Knife,” “When the Saints” and “Wonderful World” to his other lesser-known but seminal works, we bring Pops’ world to life with gritty, swamp-style grooves and some unexpected renditions.

    Steve Martin
    Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    Madeleine Peyroux

    Iconic comedian and accomplished instrumentalist Steve Martin brings his love of bluegrass and the banjo for a humorous and spirited set with the Steep Canyon Rangers and special guest Edie Brickell. New Orleans’ Pres Hall play vintage jazz and Peyroux opens with her Billie Holiday-tinged vocals and poetic, eclectic repertoire.

    An Evening with Natalie Cole
    Chucho Valdés

    Nine-time Grammy-winner, songwriter and beloved vocalist Natalie Cole has a career that ranges from gospel and R&B to the Great American Songbook. For this special return to the Bowl, she brings a new show and exciting new material with orchestra that will be unforgettable. Keyboard titan and “dean of Latin jazz” Valdés opens the evening with fiery Afro-Cuban interpretations of American jazz classics.

    Buddy Guy
    Quinn Sullivan,
    special guest
    Funky Meters
    A pioneer of the Chicago blues sound, #30 on Rolling Stone’s list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time," a six-time Grammy-winner and recent Kennedy Center Honoree, Buddy Guy makes a welcome return with his searing guitar work and signature vocals. Tapping into the roots of super-group The Meters, the Funky Meters blend funk, blues and dance grooves with a New Orleans vibe.

    Wayne Shorter’s 80th Birthday Celebration
    Wayne Shorter Quartet

    with Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade
    and special guest Herbie Hancock
    ACS: Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding
    Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: “Sound Prints”

    The consummate saxophonist celebrates the span of his musical career, from the ’60s through Weather Report to the present day, with a jazz “who’s who” of friends and musical colleagues.
    George Benson: An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole
    Dianne Reeves

    One of the world’s great jazz guitarists and vocal stylists, George Benson celebrates the release of a new CD paying tribute to the legendary Nat King Cole in a wonderfully elegant show with orchestra and chorus plus his band. A magical moment in music history is captured with tunes such as "Mona Lisa," “Nature Boy” and “Ramblin’ Rose,” as well as some of Benson’s own mega-hits. Four-time Grammy-winner and premiere jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves is the perfect complement with her gorgeous interpretations of standards and pop tunes.

    WHEN:           Wednesdays, July 10 – Sept 11, 2013, at 8 PM

    2301 N Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90068

    TICKETS:       Subscriptions and single tickets are available now for the Hollywood Bowl 2013 summer season at or, or via phone at 323.850.2000 or 800.745.3000 and in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.




  • Contact:

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    Lillian Matchett,, 213.972.3406