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Nathan East is among the performers at Campeche’s 19th jazz festival. Photo: Getty


World-renown musicians including Nathan East, Eddie Gómez and Jane Monheit arrive soon for Campeche’s 19th International Jazz Festival.

Four days of shows begin 9 p.m. Thursday, July 26, in the Centro Histórico, followed by the city’s convention center. Entry is free.

The event opens with the New Orleans Spice Brass Band parade marching along the Calle 59 tourist corridor from the Puerta de Tierra to the Puerta de Mar.

On Friday, the festival will move indoors, starting at 8 p.m. with the Alejandro Campos Quartet.

Later that night, vocalist Jane Monheit, who the New York Times said has “a voice of phenomenal beauty” will take on the stage. Monheit, who has collaborated with John Pizzarelli, Michael Bublé, Ivan Lins, Terence Blanchard and Tom Harrell, has received two Grammy nominations.

On Saturday, the Eduardo Piastro Quartet arrives, featuring the Mexican musician, promoter and interpreter, founder of the Astillero and Assembly projects. Piastro will feature Nathan East, founding member of the contemporary smooth-jazz group Fourplay. East’s past collaborators range from B.B. King, George Harrison and Michael Jackson to Beyoncé, Herbie Hancock and Daft Punk.

Xamán, a group from southeast of Mexico, will take the stage on Sunday, mixing Latin and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, rock and jazz.

The festival will close with the legendary Puerto Rican bassist Eddie Gómez, winner of two Grammy awards, who has been at the forefront of jazz music for more than four decades. His impressive resume includes performances with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan and Benny Goodman.

More information on the Jazz Festival’s official website.

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