‘JazzNhouse’ presents Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, June 22

Season finale: JazzNhouse presents Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, June 22, 2019

Jane Bunnett is, without doubt, one of Canada’s most outstanding jazz musicians. A 5-time Juno winner, and a 3-time Grammy nominee aside, Jane is also a decorated Canadian:  she is the recipient of the Order of Canada, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

With decades of interest in Afro-Cuban jazz, Jane has spent the last few years passionately advocating for Cuba’s superb female musicians – women who are often overlooked in the machismo of contemporary Cuban society. Not so anymore, thanks to Jane and her trumpeter husband and band manager, Larry Cramer. They have founded, toured and promoted the hugely talented, all-female band called Maqueque (mah-kay-kay). Jane Bunnett and Maqueque have become ubiquitous on virtual billboards all over North America and Europe, selling out every concert stop!

Jane is not only a remarkable soprano saxophonist, flautist and composer, she is also an inspirational band leader. Her warm demeanour, an easy, unaffected stage presence and a quiet musical leadership are attributes you can sense in her many recordings, but can only truly ‘experience’ in her live concerts with her band.  Maqueque includes Mary Paz on congas, percussion, vocals; Dánae Olano on Steinway Concert Grand Piano, vocals; Yissy Garcia on Drums; Joanna Majoko on vocals, percussion and ​Tailin Marrero, on bass and vocals. This band delivers adept vocals and pulsating Afro-Cuban rhythms.

​​The subject of two documentaries, Jane Bunnett’s work has been featured in Spirits of Havana by the National Film Board and presented at numerous film festivals internationally, on television (CBC, PBS), and in Europe. Recently the film, Embracing Voices, has been shown at film festivals and is awaiting general release.

And Jane is no stranger to our area having played the Almonte Old Town Hall during her Alma De Santiago days (around 2003), plus a small venue in Ottawa with the early roll-out of Maqueque in 2013. Please visit our webpage to read more, from the Canadian Jazz Archive Online to Peter Hum’s 2014 interview before the band broke through with their 2015 Juno Award for Jazz Album of the Year: Group.

How lucky are we to have this opportunity to share an intimate evening with Jane Bunnett & Maqueque? But seating is limited and going fast … so please don’t wait.

This concert will be a fundraiser in support of Lanark County Interval House which has, since 1979, been providing safe, emergency shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Concert details:

  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
  • Saturday June 22, 2019, doors open 7:00 pm. Concert starts at 8:00 pm
  • Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge Street, Almonte
  • All seating is pre-sold (tickets will not be available at the door)
  • Tickets are available in person from That’s The Spirit at 42 Mill St, Almonte or reserve seating online at https://www.jazzN.ca. Subject to availability.