A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2010 Hollywood Bowl Jazz series begins Wednesday, July 7, at 8 p.m. Here are the details of that concert and the series lineup from the LA Phil’s press release:

Wednesday’s concert features a compelling mix of African beats, dance and jazz. Nigerian Afrobeat superstar Femi Kuti returns with his explosive rhythms and invigorating dancers for a night that celebrates the foundation of jazz music.

Superlative jazz trumpeter and film composer Terence Blanchard and modern dance troupe Lula Washington Dance Theatre collaborate for the first time. This performance also marks the first time a dance company has choreographed a piece specifically for a body of Blanchard’s work. This performance is the first of several dance events at the Bowl this season. Cameroonian bassist and singer Richard Bona starts things off with his unique style that blends a horde of influences, including jazz, bossa nova, pop, afro-beat, traditional song and funk.

Herbie Hancock begins his tenure as the Bill and Carolyn Powers Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Hollywood Bowl 2010 season. His influence has produced a jazz series that is filled with an eclectic mix of musical contributions from African and pop to soul and big band, typical of Hancock’s diverse tastes.

Other concerts in this series include:

Smokey Robinson and Lizz Wright (July 14)

Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin and Dianne Reeves (July 21)

Count Basie Orchestra, Dave Holland Big Band and Dave Douglas Big Band (July 28)

B.B. King and Buddy Guy (Aug. 11)

The Neville Brothers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Trey McIntyre Dance Project and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Aug. 18)

Gershwin Across America (Aug. 25)

Herbie Hancock: Seven Decades – The Birthday Celebration (Sept. 1).

Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood

Tickets ($1 – $99) are on sale now at HollywoodBowl.com, by calling (323) 850-2000, in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office (Tuesday–Saturday, noon–6 p.m.), or through Ticketmaster. Groups of 10 or more may call (323) 850-2050 for information about special rates, subject to availability.