This year is the fourth edition of the Oasis Jazz Festival in Cancun. Separate from the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival which takes place in Playa del Carmen every November, the Oasis Jazz Festival runs from May 14 – 23 at Oasis Hotel in Cancun.
Fernando Toussaint, director of the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, says the state of Qunitana Roo has a great reputation as a musical destination.
“To us they did us the favor of inviting and not as producers, but participate in programming. They are returning to the festival had once again to give strength and come back into being. As far as we understand it is the third or fourth time this cycle is done, and is very attractive for those who like jazz cartel,” he said.
For Toussantin, also a musician and music promoter, this festival is a different proposal that adds to the genre of the Riviera Maya’s festival in November, with more international and diverse musicians.
“What they are doing is a proposal closer to Latin jazz which attracts a different audience to the festival. They have a lot of national tourism and are dedicating more attention to that area of jazz. It is nice to have two events in our area,” Toussantin said.
The unbeatable line-up that offers a fusion of Latin jazz, funk, flamenco and tropical music from artists such as Diego ‘El Cigala’, Eddie Palmieri, and Hector Infanzon.
The festival begins today in the Oh! By Oasis hotel in downtown Cancun. A hotel that has offered its guests world class shows since its inauguration last year. It’s entertainment spot CHC Le Club will have the honour of opening the festival with renowned Mexican bassist and songwriter Hiram Gomez and his jazz band; a night that will no doubt remain in the memories of those in attendance.
Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd
Then, on Thursday 21 May, Spanish guitarist Juan D’Anyelica takes to the CHC Le Club stage bringing his captivating flamenco jazz. On Friday things move to the Oasis Arena at Oasis Cancun hotel where we are presented with a double header. First, Latin jazz fusion band Na’rimbo followed by Grammy award-winning New Yorker Eddie Palmieri and his salsa sounds. A winning combination that will definitely have you moving your dancing feet.
Ending the festivities with a bang…
To close this magnificent festival, the Oasis Arena welcomes Spanish singer Diego ‘ElCigala’ who will be accompanied by Mexican jazz great Hector Infanzon. Diego ‘El Cigala’ will be showcasing songs from his latest record Romance de la Luna Tucumanaon which promises to be a night full of passion and emotion.