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Esperanza Spalding, Wayne Shorter top Playboy Jazz Fest lineup

February 25, 2009 |  3:02 pm
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Start considering your Hollywood Bowl boxed-lunch options, L.A.'s own jazz-themed Coachella (albeit with far more hospitable weather) is coming.

Past years have generally offered a combination of performers from the genre's considerable past,  pop-jazz favorites and the occasional left-field pick (Ozomatli, anyone?), and this year's lineup is no exception.

Among the can't-miss picks for this year's fest should be young bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding, a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" led by drummer Jimmy Cobb and second-day headliner Wayne Shorter, who, if he reprises the freewheeling explorations of his date at Disney Hall in January, should offer a welcome shift in mood and spirit from the gentle horror of soprano sax-smith Kenny G.

From outside the world of jazz, R&B house-on-fire Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and King Sunny Ade's "juju music" should keep everyone from getting too settled into their seats up on the lawn.

Tickets for the shows go on sale this Saturday.

Sat., June 13
The Neville Brothers
Remembering "Kind of Blue" @ 50 with Jimmy Cobb's So What Band
Summer Storm (Norman Brown, Wayman Tisdale and Eric Darius featuring Gail Johnson)
Jon Faddis Quartet
The Jack Sheldon Orchestra
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Pete Escovedo Orchestra
Esperanza Spalding
Cos of Good Music
New Birth Brass Band
L.A. County High School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble

Sun., June 14
Wayne Shorter Quartet
Kenny G
Patti Austin
Dave Holland Big Band
Monty Alexander's Jazz & Roots
Oscar Hernandez & the Conga Room All-Stars
Anat Cohen Quartet
Alfredo Rodriguez
North Hollywood High School Jazz Ensemble

-- Chris Barton

Photo: Wayne Shorter. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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