Located along 81 miles of the Mexico Caribbean coastline, Riviera Maya is one of Mexico’s hottest tourism destinations – a favorite amongst domestic and international visitors. One of the top ten jazz festivals in the world, the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival will celebrate its eleventh year from November 28 through 30, 2013. The event will be held on the white sand beaches of at the Mamitas Beach Club in the heart of Playa del Carmen.
Throughout the years, the event has come to capture the heart and the imagination of music lovers everywhere. Many jazz legends and Grammy winners have participated in the festival, including George Duke, Four Play, Sergio Mendes, Herbie Hancock, Ivan Lins, David Sanborn, Earl Klugh, Armando Manzanero and Sacbe, among others.
“We are honored to host such renowned musicians year after year in our beautiful paradise,” says Darío Flota Ocampo, general director of the Riviera Maya Destination Marketing Office. “This festival has become an annual event eagerly anticipated by musicians, guests and residents alike.”
The Jazz Festival has developed into one of the biggest musical traditions in Riviera Maya and has also become one of the destination’s signature annual events-all part of the region’s commitment to offer visitors an unforgettable experience. During these three days, tourists will have the opportunity to not only to enjoy Riviera Maya’s undeniable beauty, but also an incredible array of music.
This year’s line-up of talented musicians includes:
Day One: Thursday, November 28th
- Aguamala: A talented group that combines four different music personalities including rock, funk, jazz and regional Mexican music. The fusion of these sounds creates a progressive improvisation of a beautiful and chaotic Mexican sound that can be enjoyed by all. Aguamala has shared the stage with Wayne Shorter, John Scofiled, Screaming Headless Torsos, George Duke, Tower of Power, Tim Berne, Herble Hancock, Marcus Miller, and others.
- Frank Gambale: Grammy-winning guitar virtuoso with special guest, Boca. Gambale exploded on the Los Angeles scene in the mid-80s. His meteoric rise to fame is a testament to his passion-powered playing, a style Rolling Stone Magazine called “ferocious!” Frank Gambale’s power, character and virtuosity are immediately recognizable. Innovator of the Sweep Picking technique, now part of the guitar lexicon, has earned him a place in the history books. Gambale’s live performances are exciting and masterful.
- Brent Fischer: The group will bring the evening to a magnificent close with their combination of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms. The group was originally founded in 1978, led by Brent Fischer and named Clare Fischer and Salsa Picante. Hailed by jazz critics and fans alike, Clare Fischer, as a Latin-Jazz group has appeared in dozens of albums worldwide. The group’s world-wide fan base displays immense loyalty, rare appearances of the band are attended to great extents.
Day Two: Friday November 29th
- Scott Henderson: From Palm Beach, Florida, Henderson shows undeniably unique and skillful guitar composition abilities. He formed Tribal Tech, one of the most reputable fusion bands of the 1990′s, in 1984 with bassist Gary Willis. Henderson’s musical genius is surely to account for his success.
- Dennis Chambers: Chambers is well-known among drummers for his impressive technique and speed. The Chambers hallmark encompasses style and improvisations that can be matched by no other. Chambers has played a variability of musical genres, but is most notable in jazz-fusion, funk and Latin.
- Jeff Berlin: Electrical bass legend, Jeff Berlin, will join Chambers and Henderson on stage. Known for his smooth and lyrical interpretation, Berlin is considered by many as the greatest electric bassist in the world! As a master of composition, Berlin continues to inspire bassists worldwide to learn the language of his art.
- Jim Beard: Beard has traveled extensively around the world on tours with big-name artists. Some of those artists include Steely Dan, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin and Wayne Shorter. Jim also has more than 100 works contained in recordings of such artists. Beard has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards and won one in 2007 as a guest artist in “Some Skunk Funk” (Randy and Michael Brecker).
- Ed Motta: Motta will close out the day with his creative Brazilian music vibes. The eclectic work of Motta encompasses a perfect balance between commercialism and experimentation. It collects the most varied elements that run the spectrum of black music, from jazz to soul, naturally including funk, disk, the bossanova, and much more.
Day Three: Saturday, November 30th
- Celso Piña: A renowned singer, accordionist and composer. Born in Monterrey, NL, Celso Piña has more than 30 years of experience in the musical realm. Most recently, he has experimented merging hip-hop, reggae, rock, pop, and other genres. He has worked with many artists including Lila Downs, Café Tacuba, Control Machete, Benny and Alex Lora. He has performed worldwide in France, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Polan, Italy, Columbia, Argentina, and more.
- Matthew Garrison: Garrison studied piano and bass in Rome, Italy. In 1989, he received a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Here he began his professional career with the approval of musicians like Gary Burton, Betty Carter and Lyle Mays. Matthew moved to Brooklyn, NY in 1994 and has since performed with many artists including Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Jim Beard, Bill Cosby and Paul Simon. His latest projects are “Shapeshifter Live 2010- Part 1, Matthew Garrison Solo” and “Garrison Jazz Productions Music Center”, a website that offers a modern approach to music education. In 2012, Matthew opened ShapeShifter Lab with his business partner Fortuna Sung. The business is fast becoming one of the most popular and influential concert halls in modern New York.
- Earth, Wind & Fire: The iconic group will close the flourish festival in style. During the 1970′s, a new style of pop music was born – styles from African influence including jazz and R&B quickly spread around the world. With a wider range of interest, the musical realm presented a massive opportunity for young musicians. Maurice White, founder and leader of the band, contributed hugely to this evolution of pop that bridged a gap between black music and white America. Undoubtedly, it was a huge success as Earth Wind & Fire combined high-level musicians, a wide range of musical genres and multicultural spiritualism of the 70′s. “I wanted to do something that had not been done before,” Maurice explains. “Although we were basically jazz musicians, we played soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and dance music, which somehow ended up being pop. We’re coming upon a decade of experimentation, mind expansion and cosmic awareness. We want our music to convey messages of universal love, harmony and a spiritual message without forcing it.” Maurice will not be a part of the group during the tour, but he remains at the heart and soul of the band as a songwriter and producer. White sums up his hopes for the band, “people are looking for meaning, and I hope that our music can give them some encouragement and peace.”