This month the Grand Oasis Cancun plays host to the 6th edition of the Oasis Jazz U festival and it’s another fantastic line-up of international artists. This edition focuses on smooth jazz and runs from the 18th to the 27th May.
Hiram Gomez and The Groove Machine Band – Kinky Night Club (Thursday 18th May)
Our good friends Hiram Gomez and his Groove Machine Band will return once again to perform at this festival, having performed in both 2015 and 2016 editions. They will be opening the festival on Thursday 18th May in the intimate surroundings of the resorts Kinky Night Club, just next door to our Arena. Some of you may have seen Hiram and his band before as they often play in our resorts.
Marcus Miller – Oasis Arena (Saturday 20th May)
We welcome American jazz artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist Marcus Miller to the Oasis Arena on Saturday 20th May. The two-time Grammy award winner has worked with such luminary artists as Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin and was also part of the Saturday Night Live band. The New York native, best known for playing the bass guitar, brings his funky sound to the Arena stage for what is expected to be a great night of jazz.
Performing before Marcus is Cuban artist and Cancun resident Daniel Peñalver. Daniel is no stranger to the Oasis Arena having performed saxophone with his Latin Project at last year’s Cancun International Music Festival of which he was also artistic director.
Esperanza Spalding – Oasis Arena (Saturday 27th May)
American jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding graces the Arena stage on Saturday 27th May. Raised in Portland, Oregon, Spalding was a child prodigy playing violin in the Chamber Music Society of Oregon at five years old. Now 32, she has released five solo albums and has won four Grammy awards including Best New Artist in 2011. In her performances she alternates between double bass and electric bass and sings in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Also playing on the night are Troker, a jazz and psychedelic six-piece hailing from Guadalajara, Mexico. They mix traditional jazz sounds with rock and even turntabling to create their signature modern style.
The festival is for a good cause as part of the proceeds goes towards the Oasis Foundation, our charity that helps support many local goodwill organizations. Entry is free for all Oasis guests while ticket prices for the general public are as follows:
- VIP Section $900 pesos (includes snacks and drinks)
- General Section $600 pesos
‘The Entertainment Resort’ looks forward to welcoming you for what promises to be another great jazz festival!