This is one summer event you’ll be glad is hot, hot, hot. Singe your musical senses at the Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Hot Latin Jazzfest on Saturday at the red rock-framed Sedona Cultural Park Georgia Frontiere Pavilion, 250 Cultural Park Place.
Gates will open at 1 p.m., and concerts start at 2 p.m. Tickets are $60 to $75 at the gate for lawn-chair seating. On-site parking is $10.
The six-member band Carmela Y Mas, featuring vocalist Carmela Ramirez, will set the tempo for the day with its fiery Latin-style jazz. There’s no time to catch your breath before the next act, but the tempo softens with Latin Grammy winner and jazz flutist Nestor Torres. His romantic mix of Latin jazz and pop will resonate with dance rhythms. He will perform at 3:30 p.m. He’s followed by Berklee Scholarship winners at 5 p.m., representing Arizona’s top young musical talent.
Dusk approaches with jazz vocalist Claudia Villela and her mesmerizing five-octave range that dances atop Brazilian beats at 5:30 p.m.
Then you’ll be primed for the lead act, Cuban-born saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera. His career has included solo performances with the London Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra. D’Rivera will close the festivities with his 7:15 p.m. performance.
From the East Valley, go north on Interstate 17, then take the state Highway 260 exit to Cottonwood. At the junction of state highways 260 and 89A, turn right. Drive north about 24 miles to the first stop light, which will be Cultural Park Place. Turn left. Park staff will direct you to the pavilion.