Playboy Jazz Festival to pay tribute to Gerald Wilson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Playboy Jazz Festival will pay tribute to one of Los Angeles’ own jazz greats, Gerald Wilson, with son Anthony Wilson leading his late father’s big band.

Los Angeles Philharmonic presenter Laura Connelly says the June 13-14 festival at the Hollywood Bowl offers a mix of “jazz icons, emerging artists and new talent.”

The lineup, announced Tuesday, features Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter with the Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble, while trumpeter Terence Blanchard showcases his new electric E-Collective.

Other headliners include Eddie Palmieri’s Afro-Caribbean Jazz Band, Tower of Power, Ledisi and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Among those making their Playboy debuts are singer Morgan James, saxophonist Melissa Aldana and the fusion band Snarky Puppy.