WFIT to Broadcast Playboy Jazz Festival
– WFIT 89.5FM, a service of Florida Tech, will broadcast the 27th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival, recorded live from the historic Hollywood Bowl on Labor
Day, Monday, September 5, 2005, from noon to 8:00 p.m.
Celebrating diversity and expanding the ever-evolving boundaries of jazz, the festival presents an eclectic lineup of renowned legends and young, up-and-
coming starts. Featuring the highly anticipated debut appearances of celebrated superstars and new all-star bands, this year’s event showcases the many
variations of jazz — from contemporary to straight ahead, bop to big band, blues to R&B, swing to salsa, world music and hip hop.
Featured artists include: acclaimed pianist and three-time Grammy winner Ramsey Lewis, who has explored music that runs the gamut from R&B to jazz, and
gospel to classical. Grammy-winning blues guitarist Keb’Mo’ , admired for his riveting guitar work, is a festival favorite. Another festival highlight is
the celebration of The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra Legacy featuring legendary vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and famed trumpeter Jon Faddis. Israel
“Cachao” Lopez — a living legend in Latin Music — and The CineSon All-Stars will make their second Playboy Jazz Festival appearance. The Joey DeFrancesco/Kenny
Burrell Quartet will honor the late, great organist Jimmy Smith. Two-time Grammy winner Dr. John, an eccentric boogie and blues pianist, will be recognized
for his own brand of “voodoo” music.
Also on the lineup for the very-first time are the legendary Heath Brothers, Jimmy and Albert (Tootie), who performed with Paul West and Jeb Patton. A
vital force on the jazz scene for over fifty years will be drummer Chico Hamilton and his band Euphoria.
Known for his musical scores, three-time Emmy Award winner and multi-Grammy nominee, Gordon Goodwin, and his group, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band will
demonstrate the genius of Goodwin’s music.
Master of Ceremonies will be the well-known music director for The Tonight Show, Kevin Eubanks.
Tune in to WFIT 89.5FM on Monday, September 5, 2005, at noon, for the broadcast of the 27TH Annual Playboy Jazz Festival from the historic Hollywood Bowl.