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
WEDNESDAYS, AT 8 PM
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.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10
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.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17
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.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 31
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.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
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.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14
An Evening with Natalie Cole
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.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21
Quinn Sullivan, special guest
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.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28
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.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
George Benson: An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole
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
WHERE: HOLLYWOOD BOWL
2301 N Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90068
TICKETS: Subscriptions and single tickets are available now for the Hollywood Bowl 2013 summer season at HollywoodBowl.com or Ticketmaster.com, 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.