Hancock tops Playboy Jazz Fest lineup

Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:27am EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Grammy winner Herbie Hancock is among the headliners slated for the Playboy Jazz Festival, which will take place June 14-15 at the Hollywood Bowl.

The lineup for the 30th annual event also includes Al Jarreau, Tower of Power, Keb' Mo', the James Moody Quartet, Roy Hargrove Big Band and first-time Playboy performer Ryan Shaw.

Festival host Bill Cosby will perform once again with his group, the Cos of Good Music on June 14.

Talking to Billboard.com about his love affair with jazz, the comedian said, "When I heard it, it moved me. Then I wanted to hear it again and we've been friends ever since."

He also applauded Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner's prescience. "Hugh knows and respects jazz. For that (Playboy) banner to be there 30 years ago is fantastic," he said.

Reuters/Billboard

 
<p>Herbie Hancock poses with his award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for "River: The Joni Letters" at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 10, 2008. Hancock is among the headliners slated for the Playboy Jazz Festival. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>