Downtown Playa del Carmen will host the 2018 Riviera Maya Jazz Festival from Friday, November 30th thru Sunday, December 2nd at Mamitas Beach Club. Now entering its 16th year, the annual festival brings some of today’s most important groups and soloists in jazz music worldwide to the heart of the Mexican Caribbean for three days of amazing tunes in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. This year, the event will feature five solo singers and five musical groups, including some of the jazz genre’s most important artists.
“The organizing committee has worked hard to maintain the quality of the artists, as well as the inclusion and a greater presence of female soloists”, revealed Dario Fota Ocampo, who serves as director of tourism for the state of Quintana Roo, in a recent press conference. “The cast presented at this festival will have a marked quality, vocal tones and musical inspirations”.
2018 Riviera Maya Jazz Festival Lineup
On Friday, Nov. 30th, Cozumel-based Mayan artist Kike Pat will take the stage with his show “A Maya in Jazz,” along with Lori Williams, who is originally from Washington and will be playing here with New York arranger Bob Baldwin, presenting a mix of Latin, Brazilian and Afro rhythms. Also on Friday evening, Bebel Gilberto will present a modern, electronic version of bossa nova and modern beats with a deep Brazilian flavor.
Saturday, December 1st will open with American band Mr. Drew Tucker and the New Standard, which brings a contemporary Jazz performance to the show, followed by Miami-born singer Cristina Morrison, who will also bring a theatrical element to her performance. One of the most widely recognized Mexican guitarists in the world – Paco Rosas – will also perform Saturday, presenting a blues-based project, followed by the spectacular Norah Jones, winner of nine Grammy awards and 47 million albums sold worldwide, who will wrap up the day’s impressive lineup of performances.
On Sunday, Mexican bass player Pepe Hernández will open the show with a funk project, followed by Lalah Hathaway, a great five-time Grammy winner, before 10-time Grammy winner Bobby MC Ferrin closes out the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival this year after being rained out in 2017.
The festival has routinely brought upwards of 18,000 people to downtown Playa del Carmen and Flota Ocampo expects this year’s numbers to be even higher in response to the incredible lineup of jazz musicians. The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival also promotes responsible ecology and sustainability, working to ensure the beaches are respected and kept clean throughout the festival and contributing to increased awareness about the importance of environmental preservation.
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