Playa del Carmen hosted its tenth annual jazz festival from Thursday, Nov. 22 through Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. The Riviera Maya International Jazz Festival has grown substantially over the past decade, attracting new visitors from around the world to discover the beauty of Playa del Carmen real estate.
This year’s event has brought together a variety of big names, along with some of the world’s brightest rising stars from the modern, international jazz scene. Each year, the shows kick off on the beach in the early evening, beginning at 7 p.m. at Mamita’s Beach Club in Playa, which can be found right at the northern end of downtown. Here, visitors can enjoy hours of free music and a great atmosphere, with sounds coming from a wide variety of styles that range from traditional jazz to Latin or rock-inspired ensembles.
November is the perfect time to visit Mexico’s Riviera Maya along the country’s only Caribbean Coast, with the warm sunny days fading into cooler evenings that bring some of the world’s most spectacular sunsets. This is the perfect climate for an outdoor music festival, especially one that is located directly on the beach!
This year’s lineup will include Joe D’Etienne’s Big Band, which focuses on traditional jazz, Latin jazz performer Pete Escovedo and five-time Grammy award-winning Victor Wooten all on Nov. 22. Then, techno-jazz fusion group Nortec, jazz and soul icon Pancho Sanchez and dance-rock band Level 42 will take the stage Nov. 23. Finally, Playa’s own Aguamala, the legendary Wayne Shorter Quartet and jazz guitar aficionado John Scofield will play Nov. 24.
In previous years, artists such as George Duke, Four Play, Sergio Mendes, Herbie Hancock, Ivan Lins, Armando Manzanero and Stanley Clarke and the Yellowjackets have all performed at the festival, giving it serious credibility among jazz fans and festival-goers alike. As in years past, for the 2012 festival the headlining acts with the largest draw will take the stage on the final day, ensuring that the event closes with a flourish.
The Riviera Maya International Jazz Festival is just one more example of the incredible diversity of the countless entertainment options that are available throughout the Mexican Caribbean and Playa del Carmen real estate. Whether you are a retiree or a young couple who is simply looking for a great place to stay active and keep your mind stimulated, the Riviera Maya has exactly what you need.