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Playboy Jazz Festival Lineup
  • June 12, 2012 : 11:06
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Any Treme fans out there will find it difficult not be moved by the sounds of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. It’s a rotating ensemble of Dixieland and traditional jazz based out of New Orleans, and one of the many musical groups displaced by Hurricane Katrina. On any given night these guys could be made up of five to fifteen members but quantity has nothing to do with quality; each individual member is talented in his own right and whether you see three of thirteen of them, the sound is well worth the price of admission.


For those of you keeping score at home, Quincy Jones is 78 and still going strong. His Global Gumbo could be the highlight of the Playboy Jazz Fest considering some of the big names that have already graced the group with their presence at previous shows: Frank Sinatra Jr., trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, and Toto (well at least part of Toto). The Global Gumbo set pays homage to Jones’ storied career, including stopovers highlighting his time with the Brothers Johnson, Gloria Estefan and Michael Jackson. If you’re attending the festival, this is a set not to be missed. 


As far as instantaneous name recognition for a younger generation goes, Robin Thicke takes the cake. He’s written songs for Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Mary J. Blige and Christina Aguilera and has had his hand in some of the last decade’s best-selling albums, namely Confessions (Usher) and Tha Carter III (Lil Wayne). He’s also had a solo career worth talking about, hitting high notes on the Billboard charts and judging the ABC television show Duets. If you haven’t heard of Thicke, you probably haven’t turned on a radio in recent years…or a TV. 


At the forefront of the revivalist movement are Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Their mission: to bring back the glory days of Funk and Soul. With James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald and Otis Redding topping the list of her influences, you can bet Jones knows how to sing and how to put on a show. She’s performed with high-octane musicians like Phish, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim and has had the pleasure of being on tour with the infamous Lou Reed. This is a gal and a band that can 100 percent put on a show. 


Very few things are hotter than a girl drummer with good credentials. Sheila E. has hit the big time with people like Prince, George Duke and Ringo Starr. She’s a bit of a high-profile freelancer, playing alongside Carlos Santana, Marc Anthony and John Rich to name a few, but unlike most drummers, who require a band to make it by, Sheila E. can hold her own just fine; she was featured on Letterman as part of the show’s Drum Solo week and scored a job at the Academy Awards in the house band. 


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