Tuesday, October 24
7:30 pm PDT
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
An Earshot Jazz Festival favorite, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque returns this festival. What started out nearly a decade 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. Maqueque means “the spirit of a young girl, in the ancient Afro-Cuban dialect.” 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 one of their more recent releases, On Firm Ground/Tierra Firme. Most recently, they were voted as one the top ten jazz groups by the prestigious DownBeat magazine’s critics poll. Their latest album Playing With Fire (2023, Linus Entertainment) showcases their cutting-edge evolution and ongoing commitment to ingenuity and exquisite music.
Maqueque are: Jane Bunnett, soprano saxophone & flute; Joanna Tendai Majoko, vocals; Mary Paz, congas & vocals; Dánae Olano, piano; Tailin Marrero, acoustic & electric bass; Yissy García, drums. Band-leader Bunnett, from Canada is a five-time Juno Award winner, and three-time Grammy nominee. An internationally acclaimed musician, Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring, and courageous artistry.
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Jane-Bunnett and Maqueque l-r Joanna-Tendai-Majoko, Yissy-García, Jane-Bunnett,Tailin-Marrero-Zamora, Dánae-Olano, MaryPaz-Fernández. Photo-credit Rick McGinnis