BB King at Hollywood Bowl

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Tips

Two weeks ago I shared with you the Weekend Spectaculars that have been scheduled for the Hollywood Bowl Summer Season 2012. This week it’s Jazz at the Bowl and a couple of the Bowl’s Special Concerts and Events. The Wednesday night jazz concerts will begin with a salute to Miles Davis and conclude with the annual Blues night on September 5th.

June 27 – A Celebration Of Miles Davis with Marcus Miller, “Tutu Revisited,” Miles Electric Band and Jimmy Cobb’s “So What Band.” The evening celebrates three of Miles Davis’ musical milestones – an entire performance of his masterpiece “Kind of Blue,” through the ‘70s with the Miles Electric Band to his pop-influenced album Tutu.

July 11- Ray Charles: Genius + Soul = Jazz. This night’s concert is a tribute to Charles’s love of music and also to his diverse musical taste. Count Basie Orchestra, the Raelettes plus special guest vocalists from different genres will be on the Bowl stage.

BB King at Hollywood Bowl
BB King at Hollywood Bowl

August 1 – Neville Brothers Farewell Tour plus Trombone Shorty. The Neville Brothers, who embody New Orleans blues and funk, are returning to the Bowl to give their last performance as a group. Also performing that night will be Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his “Supafunkrock” along with an additional artists who is yet to be announced.

August 8 – The Duke Ellington Orchestra featuring Brian McKnight. Take the A-Train with your Satin Doll for a night of big band music from the Ellington songbook with vocals performed by McKnight.

August 15- Rubén Blades – Americas & Americans Festival. It’s a night of salsa and rhythms by the Panamanian icon and Latin jazz star as part of Bowl’s jazz series and the Americas & Americas Festival.

August 22 – Anita Baker and Esperanza Spalding. To open the night, Grammywinning jazz bassist and singer Spalding will celebrate her funky new album. Then, award-winning vocalist and songwriter Anita Baker will then take the Bowl stage to bring you her romantic, sophisticated hits such as “Sweet Love” and “The Best That I’ve Got.”

August 29 – Celebrating Peace with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Cindy Blackman Santana and a special guest appearance by Carlos Santana. The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Creative Chair for Jazz is devoting this one-of-a-kind evening to peace. Hancock, Shorter and the Santanas plus other artists will be on stage to celebrate the cause of peace.

September 5 – Blues Night With B.B. King and The Tedeschi Trucks Band. The Delta blues/funk/rock/soul outfit Tedeschi Trucks Band will kick off the Bowl’s annual Blues night. And, the reigning king of Blues, B.B. King and his beloved Lucille will close the jazz series with another outstanding evening of blues.

As usual the Hollywood Bowl has scheduled some special concerts for the 2012 season:

July 2, 3, and 4 will again see spectacular fireworks lighting up the sky during the Annual July 4th Spectacular. This year, veteran singer and songwriter Barry Manilow will join the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a night of his favorites. And there will be good oldfashioned American music.

July 13 – American humorist Garrison Keillor will host his radio show A Prairie Home Companion at the Hollywood Bowl. It’s a unique blend of music and comedy that make his radio show and Keillor so well loved by so many.

July 14 – Tonight you’ll see the return of the Grease Sing-A-Long. There will be the usual pre-show festivities beginning at 6:00 pm., followed by the popular film screened on the Bowl’s giant screens.

August 19 – Plácido Domingo, the world’s greatest tenor, joins Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel for the first time in concert for an evening of well-known operatic arias and Latin songs. The evening will also feature the Mariachi del Sol and a Bolero ensemble.

September 2 – It’s the annual Big Picture Night and the Hollywood Bowl will celebrate Paramount Pictures’ 100th Anniversary. David Newman will conduct the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in this night of nostalgia featuring unforgettable scores from the studio’s history. Among the scores that will be performed live as you watch scenes from Paramount films include “Wings,” the very first film to win the Oscar for Best Picture; “The Godfather Trilogy,” “Titanic” and “Mission Impossible.” Another special program is the 14th season of KCRW’S World Festival. Sounds from around the world are showcased on these Sunday evenings.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and KCRW have announced the following Sunday programs that have been scheduled to date.

July 1- Ben Harper will bring a fresh perspective on rock, soul and blues as well as his own take on classic songs.

July 15 – Ziggy Marley (pictured above) brings his band and all-star reggae legends Tuff Going Worldwide to salute the legends of Reggae.

July 22 – Takes You To The Phillipines. Black Eyed Peas rapper and DJ celebrates his Filipino heritage and the Filipino culture. During the evening there will be one-ofa- kind music and dance, from pop and traditional Pinoy artists from the Philippines to hip hop, OPM (Original Pilipino Music) and more.

September 9 – Hot Chip, a Grammy Award-nominated British electronic indie band, returns to the Bowl with their journey through club music into funkified gospel groves. Passion Pit with its 21st century sound will also be on the Bowl stage.

September 23 – Making their Hollywood Bowl debut is Animal Collective. Also contributing to the program is the Tuvan throat singing group Huun Huur Tu. Individual tickets will go onsale on May 5th. Call (323) 850-2000 or visit for information.

(Next Week: Tuesday and Thursday Classical Night Concerts) A CHIMEapalooza Event An evening of theater and music will take place on Saturday, March 10 from 7-9:30 pm in Cal State Northridge’s Campus Theater. Starring in this evening of theatre and music will be Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy), Benjamin Bratt (Law and Order), Taye Diggs (Chicago), Laura San Giacomo (Pretty Woman) and Muse Watson (NCIS). The evening features musical performances, and an original one-act play written by film and television director Brad Silberling that stars Brat and includes appearances by Brenneman, San Giocomo, Watson and Diggs. Proceeds from will go to support inclusive practices for children in educational programs and schools, whereby children with special and children who are gifted learn side by side. Tickets are $100 for reserved seating and $75 for general admission. For tickets visit call (818) 677-4979

By Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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