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Jive in Maya: Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

Jive in Maya: Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

by Austin Keith

If you happen to find yourself around Playa del Carmen this Thanksgiving, why not dance away the holiday blues at the 11th annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival? Known far and wide as Mexico's premiere place to jump, jive and wail, the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival will kick off the holiday season with a fantastic lineup that will make even the coolest hepcats weak in the knees!

The festival starts Thursday, November 28th with a hip-swinging mix of rock, jazz and progressive-polka by Playa del Carmen's very own Aguamala. However, if you've come to the Yucatan to watch a group of seasoned performers cut heads to the hottest licks, you'll love watching Grammy Award winning, guitar virtuoso Frank Gambale and special guest, BOCA work their magic through a variety of jazz standards and improv-jamming.

The following day, the festival will keep the tempo rocking with performances by major artists like Scott Henderson, whose innovative-style of guitar playing has earned him the reputation of being one of best guitarists in the world. If you're after a fat backbeat, you're sure to enjoy the electric bass stylings of Jeff Berlin and the earth-shaking beats of Dennis Chambers, whose playing has garnered favor from fans and critics alike due to his unique, Latin-flavored rhythms.

Finishing strong, the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival will wrap-up on November 30th with awe-inspiring performances by Celso Pina, Matthew Garrison and Earth Wind and Fire! Dating back to the 1970's, Earth, Wind and Fire have astounded audiences around the world with their innovative blend of soul, funk, gospel and blues. So take in this rare opportunity and enjoy one of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands of the twentieth century.

Admission to the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is free, so why not bring the whole family? You'll love seeing these incredible performers, composers and jazz musicians in beautiful Playa del Carmen. So grab your shades and head south of the border, this is one hip festival you won't want to miss!