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A Journey Into Paradise

Riviera Maya International Jazz Festival Comes to Playa del Carmen,Mexico

20 January, 2014

From November 28-30th,Grammy award-winning artists from around the world will come to Playa del Carmen,Mexico to perform at Mamitas Beach Club for the 11th annual International Riviera Maya Jazz Festival,which has been dubbed “one of the 10 best jazz festivals in the world.” This year the venue will host a variety of artists,including Kool and The Gang,Earth Wind and Fire,as well as electric bass legend Jeff Berlin and world-renowned jazz guitarists Allan Holdsworth and Scott Henderson.

The event will take place oceanside at Playa Mamitas,where a large stage has been set up in the sand to accommodate the more than 25,000 people who are expected to attend. The festival is free and open to the public and has become a favorite among locals and visitors alike who come to enjoy the music. 

This year,the lineup also includes popular rock,funk,jazz,Mexican and progressive band Aguamala,as well as Brent Fischer,who is regarded as a master of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms. In addition,fusion artist Dennis Chambers will bring his unique style of jazz and percussion,while veteran Jim Beard and Brazilian jazz-soul artist Ed Motta will also be in attendance. Finally,Mexican singer and composer Celso Pina and New York-based Matthew Garrison will complete the list of performers.

The festival continues to attract new international visitors to Playa del Carmen and has earned a reputation among jazz aficionados worldwide for attracting not only experienced well-known players,but also for promoting some of jazz music’s brightest rising stars. Shows start every evening at Mamitas,which lies at the northern end of downtown Playa,and always bring a wide variety of styles,with the headlining acts scheduled for the last performance. 

Mexico’s Riviera Maya lies just south of Cancun,stretching along more than 80 miles of pristine Caribbean coast through Playa del Carmen and Tulum. This region is one of the most culturally significant and naturally beautiful places on earth,with white sand beaches,ancient Mayan ruins and modern infrastructure; a fact that has also made it one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. And since the music doesn’t start each night until early evening,attendees will still have plenty of time to explore the region’s many other attractions. For more information,visit www.rivieramayajazzfestival.com.

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