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Jane Bunnett and Maqueque – (3-time Grammy® Nominee)

Friday, September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


JazzBuffalo Presents 3-Time Grammy® Nominee


Best Latin Jazz Album

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque


Friday, September 15th!

At The New Canterbury Woods Performing Arts Center!


Special Introductory Ticket Price of Only $25!

Get Tickets Now Here: https://canterburywoods.thundertix.com/events/217783


Celebrating their new release and 10th anniversary, the all-women band was formed by perennial Downbeat Critic’s Poll nominee for top jazz soprano saxophonist and top jazz band Jane Bunnett with young female graduates of the Cuban Conservatory of Music in Havana, Cuba. Maqueque has since won a Juno Award, been nominated for the GRAMMY® Award three times for Best Latin Jazz Album, and toured Europe, Latin America, The United States, and Canada. The band has expanded to include musicians from Zimbabwe, the Dominican Republic, Latin America, Spain, and Lebanon.

On “Playing With Fire,” much of the heat comes from guitarist Donna Grantis (who performed for many years with Prince) along with the debut of 19-year-old violinist Daniela Olano, sister of the band’s co-founder and pianist Danae Olano, vocalist Joanna Majoko, drummer Yissy Garcia, bassist Tailin Marrero, and percussionist Mary Paz.

In the past few years, the groundbreaking all-women band, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque have forged a path in presenting the sounds of Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz to the world. The ensemble received a Grammy® nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album for their previous highly-acclaimed album, Oddara.

A conversation at the outset of a new era for female jazz musicians and Cuban culture’s global impact.” – Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

“The celebrated Canadian soprano saxophonist is embracing voices again… Bunnett is back with an exquisite new ensemble of vocalists and instrumentalists named Maqueque, which means…’the spirit of a young girl, in the ancient Afro-Cuban dialect.’” – Raul da Gama, latinjazznet.com

“Jane Bunnett has long been established as one of our most important jazz and world music artists. The multi-instrumentalist/composer/bandleader has dug deep into the treasure trove of Cuban music, and does so again on brilliant new project Maqueque.” – Kerry Doole, newcanadianmmusic.ca

More on Jane Bunnett and Maqueque:

Jane Bunnett, Soprano Saxophone and Flute Yissy García, Drums Tailin Marrero, Bass & Vocals Joanna Majoko, Vocals  Dánae Olano, Piano & Vocals Mary Paz, Congas & Vocals

Five-time Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the US, and Cuba. She has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, received The Order of Canada, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and, most recently, The Premier’s Award for Excellence.

With Maqueque, Bunnett has created something new and phenomenal in the world of jazz. What started out almost ten years ago as a project to record and mentor young brilliant Cuban female musicians, has become one of the top groups on the North American jazz scene. Since 2015, they have played in major jazz festivals like Newport and Monterey, been featured on NPR’s program Jazz Night in America, won a Juno Award for their first album, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, were nominated for a Grammy Award for their second release, Oddara and were nominated for a Juno Award for their latest release, On Firm Ground/Tierra Firme.

Most recently, were voted as one of the top ten jazz groups by the prestigious DownBeat magazine’s critics poll. An internationally acclaimed musician, Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring, and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music, and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been ground-breaking.

She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a flutist, saxophone player, and pianist. Two documentaries have been made about Bunnett’s work: Spirits of Havana by the National Film Board was presented at numerous film festivals internationally, on television (CBC, PBS), and in Europe. A more recent film, Embracing Voices, has been shown at film festivals and is awaiting commercial release. As an educator, spokesperson, and social activist, Jane remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence.

Get Tickets Here Now! https://canterburywoods.thundertix.com/events/217783



Friday, September 15
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Canterbury Woods Performing Arts Center
706 Renaissance Drive
Williamsville, 14221 United States
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