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Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
The Face of Cuban Music

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

Sep 20
Joe Henderson Lab
ThuSep 20
7:00 PM

$30

Almost Sold Out

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ThuSep 20
8:30 PM

$30

Almost Sold Out

Buy Tickets

When the history of Cuban jazz is written, Jane Bunnett will figure prominently in the chapters covering the past quarter century, an era of extraordinary innovation. A tireless champion for Cuban musicians who often struggle to gain a foothold outside their isolated nation, the Canadian soprano sax master and expert flutist ushered generations of male players onto international stages via her Spirits of Havana band. But in 2013, Bunnett suddenly shifted her focus to the long-overlooked wealth of talent represented by Cuban women.

This production is made possible in part through the generosity of The Selvage Fund.

Her band Maqueque, which earned a Juno Award for its eponymous 2014 debut album on Justin Time Records, has boosted the visibility of female Cuban musicians both on and outside the island. After helping catapult vocalist Dayme Arocena into stardom, the band has continued to evolve, receiving a GRAMMY nomination for their 2017 release Oddara. Maqueque’s stellar rhythm section features founding members Dánae Olano, Celia Jiménez, and Yissy García. They’re joined by two recent additions, Mary Paz and Melvis Santa, who gained attention as both a musician and actor since her work in the 2012 anthology film 7 Days in Havana. More than a band, Maqueque is the most visible manifestation of a movement that’s rewriting outdated thinking about the Cuban music scene.

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Her band Maqueque, which earned a Juno Award for its eponymous 2014 debut album on Justin Time Records, has boosted the visibility of female Cuban musicians both on and outside the island.

There’s joy and humor and infectious grooves in this uplifting music, along with first-rate musicality and formidable soloing.

The Absolute Sound

There’s joy and humor and infectious grooves in this uplifting music, along with first-rate musicality and formidable soloing.

The Absolute Sound

Personnel

Jane Bunnett soprano saxophone & flute
Melvis Santa vocals & percussion
Dánae Olano piano & vocals
Celia Jiménez bass & vocals
Yissy García drums & vocals
Mary Paz percussion & vocals

High-energy music that was funky and earthy one moment or swirling with sweet vocal harmonies the next.

Ottawa Citizen

Personnel

Jane Bunnett soprano saxophone & flute
Melvis Santa vocals & percussion
Dánae Olano piano & vocals
Celia Jiménez bass & vocals
Yissy García drums & vocals
Mary Paz percussion & vocals

High-energy music that was funky and earthy one moment or swirling with sweet vocal harmonies the next.

Ottawa Citizen

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