The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association is pleased to announce that celebrated comedian Arsenio Hall has been named this year’s host for the annual Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival (formerly Playboy Jazz Festival), presented by the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl, June 25–26, 2022. Hall is an actor, talk-show host, producer and writer who is also an avid fan of jazz.
An artistically exciting and eclectic line-up of performers have been confirmed to appear, including late-night sensations The Roots, fan favorites Tower of Power, beloved jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, jazz drummer and producer extraordinaire Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science, Nigerian superstar Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, guitar virtuoso Cory Wong, jazz trumpeter, composer and producer Chief aTunde Adjuah, Lean on Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers, chanteuse Veronica Swift, bluesman Fantastic Negrito, veteran vocalist Carmen Lundy, jazz pianist and composer Gerald Clayton, pianist and saxophonist Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, jazz saxophonist extraordinaire Azar Lawrence with the Azar Lawrence Experience, the Latin rhythms of Jungle Fire, The Lao Tizer Band, the LA County High School for the Arts Jazz and the LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All-City Jazz Big Band.
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922 and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music, offering something for everyone.
It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz performances. In June 2021, the Hollywood Bowl was named Amphitheater of the Decade at the 32nd Annual Pollstar Awards.
The venue has also been named Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year 14 times by Pollstar. Additionally, it was also awarded the Top Amphitheater prize at the 2017 and 2018 Billboard Touring Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer.
Under the leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil offers live performances, media initiatives and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra is the foundation of the LA Phil’s offerings, which also include a multi-genre, multidisciplinary presenting program and such youth development programs as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles).
Performances are offered on three historic stages—Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and The Ford—as well as through a variety of media platforms. In all its endeavors, the LA Phil seeks to enrich the lives of individuals and communities through musical, artistic and learning experiences that resonate in our world today.
For more information on the 2022 Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival, please visit here.