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It's Almost Time for the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2011! Coming Nov 24-26

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2011 in Playa del Carmen

Ahhhh it's that wonderful time of year again!! At least a part of the year that I love! The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival will be here once again in Playa del Carmen at Mamitas Beach for 3 days at the end of November; Thursday, November 24th, Friday November 25th and Saturday November 26th!

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2011 in Playa del Carmen at Mamitas Beach ClubWhat's the COST for this momentous event you ask? Well your in luck because the answer is that is absolutely FREE and is a FREE event every year! Be sure to arrive early at Mamita's Beach located at 28th street and the Beach to scope out your spot(s). Bring lots of blankets and some snacks (no bottles please.)

Usually it is an event that lasts 4 days but this year there are just 3 so don't miss one of the days!! This also falls on the Amercan Thanksgiving Holiday so hopefully you will be able to attend, and if you want to venture away from the looming winter ahead, jump on a plane and meet us here in Playa del Carmen, you won't be disappointed!

Here is a lineup of the stars for this 2011 Riviera Maya Jazz Festival Event, I've included YouTube videos of each artist so you can get a feel for their sound:

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Mamita's Beach in Playa del Carmen

Natalia LaFourcade

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2011 in Playa del Carmen Natalia LaFourcadeNatalia is a young Mexican pop/rock singer and songwriter with such artisitic entities as flute, dance, painting, theater, piano, guitar, saxophone and singing under her belt. She ventured into traditional Mexican music at the age of 10.  Natalia Lafourcade is a mix of pop, rock, bossa-nova and Latin rhythms featuring songs such as "Busca Un Problema", "Elefantes", "Te Quiero Dar", "Mirame, Mirate", and her biggest hit, "En El 2000". She has won several MTV Latin awards and was nominated for a Latin Grammy.

Natalia LaFourcade on YouTube:

Jeff Lorber 

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2011 in Playa del Carmen  jeff LorberJeff Lorber is well known as an American Grammy Award-nominated keyboardist, composer, and record producer. After forming the band 'The Jeff Lorber Fusion', he became known as a pioneer to the smooth jazz genre.

Many of his songs were featured on The Weather Channel's Local On The segments, including appearances on the channel's compilation albums, The Weather Channel Presents: The Best of Smooth Jazz and The Weather Channel Presents: Smooth Jazz II. He was also nominated for a Grammy for his 2007 Blue Note Records release titled, "He Had A Hat.

Jeff Lorber on YouTube:

Randy Brecker

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2011 in Playa del Carmen Randy BreckerRandal "Randy" Brecker is an American trumpeter and flugelhornist. He is a highly sought after performer and has been shaping the sound of Jazz, R&B and Rock for more than four decades. He has performed with many world famousartists such as with Stanley Turrentine, Billy Cobham, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, and many more.

His trumpet and flugelhorn stylings and performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of Artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament ­Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, David Sanborn, and Frank Zappa. As a composer, performer and in-demand Yamaha clinician, Randy Brecker continues to influence and inspire young musicians around the world!

Randy Brecker on YouTube:

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Toussaint Bros & Enrique Pat

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2011in Playa de Carmen Toussaint BrosA beautiful tribute to Eugenio Toussaint (1954-2011) will be performed by members from Aguamala the host band of the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival. Enrique and Fernando Toussaint, with keyboardist Enrique Pat will make a special tribute to the career Eugenio who was a Mexican composer, arranger and jazz musician and was nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards and died suddenly from a heart attack in Feb 2011...

The brothers have created a completely new project with songs composed especially to make a tribute to one of the most remarkable and important jazz musicians and composers in Mexico. You may have heard Eugenio Toussaint in the past Riviera Maya Festivals as he used to performed with the “Sacbè” band.

Eugenio Toussaint on YouTube:

Jon Anderson

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2011 in Paya de Carmen Jn AndersnJon Anderson is an English singer-songwriter and musician best known as the former lead vocalist, most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the lead vocalist and creative force behind YES. He is also an accomplished solo artist and has collaborated with artists such as the Greek musician Vangelis, among others.

In response to the commonly held misconception that Jon Anderson sings falsetto he has stated, “I’m an alto tenor and I can sing certain high notes, but I could never sing falsetto, so I go and hit them high.” His normal singing (and speaking) voice is naturally above the tenor range. He is also noted for singing in his original Lancastrian accent.

Jon Anderson on YouTube:

Stanley Clarke

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2011 in Playa del Carmen Stanley CarkeStanley Clarke is an American jazz musician and composer known for his innovative and influential work on double bass and electric bass guitar as well as for his numerous film and television scores. He is one of the most celebrated bass players in the world with a 36 year career as a bass virtuoso. He is well known for his work with the fusion band Return to Forever, and his role as a bandleader in several trios and ensembles.

In his ongoing efforts to push the bass to new limits, he has invented two new instruments, the piccolo bass and the tenor bass. Both of these instruments have enabled Clarke to extend his melodic range to higher and more expressive registers and extended the range of his music.

Stanley Clarke on YouTube:

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Alex Otaola

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2011 in Playa del Carmen Alex OtaolaAlex Otaola (Alejandro Otaola) is a rock and jazz musician from the Mexican capital Mexico City. In 1994 he began his musical career professionally, joining SANTA SABINA – A recognized Mexican rock band. Later in 98 he became part of other bands such as LA BARRANCA and in 2009 of SAN PASCUALITO REY, also in that year created an amazing duet with Iraida Noriega.

During the course of his career of over 15 years he has performed in the main forums and festivals of Mexico and in major cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Toulouse, Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Barcelona, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima.

Alex Otaola on YouTube:

Richard Bona

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2011 in Playa del Carmen Richard BonaRichard Bona is a jazz bassist and musician. His real African name, as he said live in Montreal in a show with Bobby McFerrin, is Bona Pinder Yayumayalolo and he is of Haitian descent. Ever since his solo debuts in 1999, he has defended the idea of music that’s universal, generous and accessible to all.

The musician found his audience immediately: his brio as a fluid instrumentalist made everything seem easy, and his slender singing-voice had real melody; coupled with these musical talents were his gifts as a natural showman, for Bona appeared to be born for the stage. Above all, his compositions naturally took in different sources: Africa, jazz, fusion… Bona was still highly sought-after as an instrumentalist, and he regularly received calls from some of the greatest musicians.

Richard Bona on YouTube:

And last but not least the infamous.....

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2011 in Playa del Carmen YellowjacketsThe Yellowjackets are an American jazz fusion/smooth jazz quartet. In 1979, the singer and guitarist, Robben Ford assembled a group of veteran musicians to record the album: The Inside Story.

Among them was the drummer Russell Ferrante and bassist Jimmy Haslip, and promptly noted in the group certain chemistry that would lead to the formation of Yellowjackets, The album debut “Yellowjackets, ” recorded in 1981, was the beginning of a great public and critical success that continues to this day.

The energy and creativity sparked by the quartet’s interaction, honed over three decades now, results in one of Yellowjackets’ finest albums, and it sounds like that there is plenty of gas left in the tank.

Yellowjackets on YouTube:


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