Molly Johnson / Jane Bunnett & Spirits of Havana 25th Anniversary
TD Toronto Jazz Festival – Thursday June 30 8:30pm
Mainstage Concerts – Nathan Phillips Square – Toronto Star Stage
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2016 marks the 25th Anniversary of Spirits of Havana. Canadian flutist and soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett traveled to Cuba and immersed herself in the island’s music. Jane Bunnett’s Spirits of Havana, the landmark 1993 album that brought together North American and Cuban musicians in Havana, preceded Buena Vista Social Club by three years. Combining other Canadian musicians with a host of gifted Cubans, guided by senior percussionist Guillermo Barreto on timbales, in a a genuine exploration of what is most distinctive and valuable in Cuban music and the special relationship of its African elements to jazz. Read more about this 2-disc deluxe edition re-issue on latinjazznet.com.
Flutist and Soprano Saxophonist Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
Jane Bunnett’s Spirits of Havana, the landmark 1993 album that brought together North American and Cuban musicians in Havana, preceded Buena Vista Social Club by three years. With her all-female sextet, Maqueque, whose self-titled debut recently won a Juno (the Canadian Grammy) for Best Group Jazz Album of the Year, she’s breaking new ground yet again. The name of the group means “the energy of a young girl’s spirit,” and with four of its members still in their early twenties, this is a band with energy to spare. That spirit is manifested through propulsive montuno improvisations, call and response numbers and ivory-tickling piano features, as might be expected, but also on a stirring cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone.”
Maqueque (pronounced Mah-Keh-Keh) includes Yissy Garcia on drums, Melvis Santa on percussion and vocals, Dánae Olano on piano, Magdelys Savigne on batá drums and congas and Celia Jiménez on bass.
April 28, 2016 – 8PM/10PM – $20/$35 VIP Seating – Buy Tickets Here
April 29, 2016 – 8PM/10PM – $25/$40 VIP Seating – Buy Tickets Here
April 30, 2016 – 8PM/10PM – $25/$40 VIP Seating – Buy Tickets Here
May 01, 2016 – 4PM, 8PM, & 10PM – $25/$40 VIP Seating – Buy Tickets Here
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
Canadian saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett has been long revered for her adventures into Cuban jazz. Now, with the all-female sextet, Maqueque, the four-time JUNO Award winner combines Afro-Cuban rhythms, exhilarating jazz, and soulful vocals into one scintillating sound. FRIDAY MAY 13 2016 – 8 pm – $25 Advance, $30 Day of the show – Members: $17.50 / $21 – More Info Click Here
21st Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016 – SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016 – The 2016 Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival highlights the legacy of jazz pianist, composer, educator and bandleader Mary Lou Williams with two consecutive nights of performances featuring some of today’s most exciting and respected jazz musicians. JANE BUNNETT AND MAQUEQUE will be performing on SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016.
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2016-2017 Maqueque Embraces The World With International Tours
Brand New CD Coming Out October 14, 2016
US Tour April-May 2016 | World Tour Starting October 2016
“Jane Bunnett and Maqueque… utterly shatters the glass ceiling of Afro Cuban Jazz” Boston Globe, Sep 2014
“Canadian Jane Bunnett continues her tradition of presenting the roots of American music in modern jazz packages that continues to impress and inspire.”
George W. Harris – L.A. Jazz Weekly – May 2015
“The band certainly rose to the occasion on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage, and their combination of joyousness, ferocity and soulfulness prompted sustained calls for an encore. To my surprise, Bunnett and Maqueque played the only encore that I heard at the Chicago festival’s main stage, in defiance of the event’s clockwork precision.”
2015 Chicago Jazz Festival – Peter Hum – The Ottawa Citizen – Sep 2015
“…But it was the performance of Jane Bunnett and Maqueque that was perhaps the biggest success of the weekend… The combination of Cuban percussion, new wave jazz and hints of R’n’B paired against the Canadian flautist and saxophonist was utterly mesmerising… Maqueque embodied all the energy seen on the blues stage, with the refined, more considered approach typical of the jazz hall.”
Jeremy Story Carter – ABC – Nov 2015 – Australia’s Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival