Hollywood Bowl Kicks Off JAZZ AT THE BOWL CONCERTS Tonight
The 2014 Jazz at the Bowl Series begins tonight, July 9, 2014 as The Count Basie Orchestra and special guests celebrate the music of Ella Fitzgerald. The series also features, among others, Boz Scaggs, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Herbie Hancock, a Christian McBride-directed James Brown Celebration, John Legend recreating Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, Peter Frampton, Marcus Miller, and more. The season marks Herbie Hancock's fifth year as Creative Chair for Jazz.
TONIGHT, JULY 9
To Ella With Love
The Count Basie Orchestra; Patti Austin, special guest; Dee Dee Bridgewater, special guest; Clint Holmes, special guest; Yuna, special guest; Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra; Carmen Bradford, special guest
The "First Lady of Song" Ella Fitzgerald was one of the world's greatest jazz voices. The evening salutes her swinging scat and timeless classics with the Count Basie Orchestra and special guest vocalists. L.A.'s own Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra kicks off the evening.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 16
Boz Scaggs; Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin; Eliane Elias
Blue-eyed soulster Boz Scaggs headlines with his hits and smooth rhythm-and-blues from his new release. Musical friends Ritenour and Grusin promise eclectic tastes, flawless technique and cool refinement. Elias plays her captivating fusion of Bill Evans-influenced jazz and Brazilian grooves.
"El Caballero de la Salsa," one of the most prominent salsa performers, returns to the Bowl! Multiple Grammy®-winner Santa Rosa's pioneering music ranges from salsa romantic to ritmo tropical, improvisation to bolero. His canciones para el corazón will be sure to move you. Sensational star percussionist Sheila E. heats up the night with feisty Latin rhythms and effervescent pop.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6
Herbie Hancock with Orchestra ; Vince Mendoza, conductor ; Gregory Porter
Robert Glasper Experiment
Led by Mendoza, Hancock's compositions take on new life, to sweeping effect, with the addition of orchestral arrangements. Acclaimed new jazz singer Porter adds warmth and old-school sound with his own set. Glasper and his unique jazz hip hop sound open the evening.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13
Get on Up: A James Brown Celebation
Christian McBride, musical director; Aloe Blacc, D'Angelo, Angélique Kidjo, Bettye Lavette, special guests; James Brown Alumni Band, featuring Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Danny Ray, Clyde Stubblefield, Jab'o Starkes, Mousey Thompson plus Eric Krasno, Rodney Jones, Spike Neely, Eric Leeds, Randall Wilson, Fernando Pullum and James Cage
Join this ultra-high-energy celebration of "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business." Passionate James Brown expert Christian McBride presides over a homage to the Grammy®-winning "Godfather of Soul," featuring some of JB's original band members.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20
Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" With John Legend
John Legend; Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Steve Reineke, conductor; Marc Bamuthi Joseph, poet
Nine-time Grammy®-winner John Legend recreates Marvin Gaye's classic homage to America and the civil rights movement - What's Going On - in its entirety, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Opening up the evening, Legend and funk-soul star Sharon Jones duet in famed Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell hits.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27
Frampton's Guitar Circus
Peter Frampton; Buddy Guy; Randy Bachman, special guest; David Hidalgo, special guest; Robert Randolph, special guest
An amazing night of guitar-hero pyrotechnics and gutsy blues awaits the audience as Grammy®-winning guitarist Peter Frampton and his special guests and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee the Real Deal Buddy Guy each set the night on fire with his own indelibly searing performance.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
The Academy Celebrates The Black Movie Soundtrack
Marcus Miller; Anthony Hamilton, special guest; Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; Vince Mendoza, conductor; Additional artists to be announced
Grammy®-winning musician Marcus Miller teams up with award-winning producer/director Reginald Hudlin for a soulful celebration of music and movies, with clips on the Bowl's big screen. From Stormy Weather andSuperfly to Purple Rain and Waiting to Exhale, it's an evening marked by a wide array of special guest performances. Produced in cooperation with A.M.P.A.S®.
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