Playboy Swings

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans, LA

Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans, LA

Celebrating their 50th anniversary, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band once again brought the spirit of the Crescent City to the Playboy stage in 2012. Their rousing performance of New Orleans Dixieland and traditional jazz and blues had fans waving their white hankies and weaving through the aisles in conga lines throughout the Bowl, saluting the band’s legacy in true New Orleans style. The group also continued the honors to Mr. Cosby by inviting him to join them onstage during their performance. He happily obliged, to the crowd’s delight.

 

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The Roots

The Roots

The Roots

 

In 2011, fresh off their three Grammy wins, The Roots, best known as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, made their highly anticipated Playboy Festival debut, bringing their eclectic brand of jazz and hip-hop to the show. Their fiery performance was a hit with critics and fans alike and had festival goers dancing in the aisles and screaming for more. Grammy-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard, a straight ahead jazz artist, joined the group onstage as a special guest during their performance. His new Afro-fusion style was a natural fit with the group’s music.

 

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Christian McBride and his band surprise audience and master of ceremonies Bill Cosby at Playboy Jazz Festival

Bill Cosby sitting in during the Playboy Jazz Festival his final year as the Master of Ceremony.

Bill Cosby sitting in during the Playboy Jazz Festival his final year as the Master of Ceremony.

Fresh off his 2012 Grammy win, bass virtuoso Christian McBride and his band surprised the audience and longtime master of ceremonies Bill Cosby at the Playboy Jazz Festival, by inviting him to sit-in onstage with the group. The band played the well-known theme song (“Hikky Burr”) to the ever-popular Bill Cosby Show as a tribute to the legendary entertainer in honor of his last Festival appearance. Dancing and playing with the band onstage, he and the audience clearly enjoyed the surprise honor.

 

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SHEILA E. makes her Playboy Jazz Festival debut!

Sheila E. - Belle Of St Mark

Sheila E. – Belle Of St Mark

 

SHEILA E. made her Playboy Jazz Festival debut in 2012 and electrified the crowd with a performance that won her a standing ovation. Sheila debuted as the leader of her own band, and tore it up with an galvanizing performance that featured many of her hits along with a retinue of sequined bikini-clad Brazilian dancers that strutted on to the stage in vibrantly colored full-feathered headdresses. Her fiery performance stopped the show and brought the crowd to its feet for one of the longest standing ovations ever seen at the Festival, leaving no doubt Sheila E. is a star in her own right. It’s still “A Glamorous Life”.

 

You can read more stories in my books Playboy Swings and The Persian Room Presents