Image courtesy of Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
Award-winning jazz and world music artist, Jane Bunnett, takes the stage with her all-female Afro Cuban jazz ensemble at the global arts venue’s season launch party.
Renowned soprano saxophonist and flutist, Bunnett is a five-time Juno winner and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. She has received The Order of Canada, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and The Premier’s Award for Excellence.
Maqueque (pronounced “mah-keh-keh”, and meaning “the energy of a young girl’s spirit”) began as a project by Bunnett to record and mentor brilliant young Cuban female musicians, and has since become one of the top groups on the North American jazz scene, playing in major jazz festivals like Newport and Monterey. Jane Bunnett and Maqueque create an intoxicating atmosphere of joy and electricity, and their enthusiasm is contagious, thrilling audiences wherever they perform.
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque’s 2014 self-titled debut album received a Juno Award for Best Group Jazz Album of the Year. They were nominated for a Grammy Award for their newest album Oddara and were voted as one of the top ten jazz groups by DownBeat magazine’s critics poll. Check out their NPR Tiny Desk Concert here.
“Everything I’ve done has led up to this group, which is the perfect vehicle for now,” says Bunnett. “Anybody who gets the opportunity to perform gets to be a stronger player. A lot of it comes down to hard work and talent, of course, but opportunity is key.”
Maqueque currently includes Yissy Garcia on drums; Dánae Olano on vocals and piano; Magdelys Savigne on vocals, batá drums, and congas; Elizabeth Rodriguez on vocals and violin; and, Celia Jiménez on vocals and bass.