Jane Bunnett and Maqueque with Pedal Steel sensation Nikki D Brown
GRAMMY NOMINATED JANE BUNNETT and Maqueque start their new season off with a world premiere for Toronto audiences at Hugh’s Room Live. What a year 2017 has been for this dynamic all female Band. 2018 is looking to see the group take off internationally with the upcoming Grammy nomination, many festival appearances, two of the greatest being… NEWPORT and MONTEREY and being Featured on the NPR radio show Jazz Night In America in March on more the 200 stations. This will be the breakout year for Maqueque.
MAQUEQUE is starting some early year collaborations in preparation for their Fall 2018 3rd recording. The first appearance being March 10th at Hughs Room Live featuring the Toronto debut of the remarkable pedal steel guitar player and vocalist Nikki D. Brown. This lady is truly inspired from the home of the gospel sacred steel Toledo, Ohio Scene!! The guitar world has called her the “Jimi Hendrix of the Sacred Steel”. Don’t miss this exclusive historical performance with the meeting of powerful female forces in the music. MAQUEQUE goes to Church!!!!!!!
Multiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S and Cuba. She has been up for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno’s, received The Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee and most recently The Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane 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 groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous JAZZ festivals, displaying her versatility as a flutist, saxophone player and pianist.
Jane’s debut recording hit the JAZZ world in 1987 with the Stunning Juno nominated “In Dew Time” featuring American JAZZ legends Dewey Redman, Don Pullen and Canadian icon Claude Ranger.
During and in-between her Cuban explorations Jane released recordings and toured with a powerful group of JAZZ innovators. “New York Duets” and “Live at Sweet Basil” with Don Pullen and Billy Hart. “Water is Wide” with Pullen as well as Jeanne Lee, Sheila Jordan and Billy Hart. A duet with Paul Bley (Double Time) “Spirituals and Dedications” with Dewey Redman, vocalist Dean Bowman and master pianist Stanley Cowell.
Two documentaries have been made about Bunnett’s work. “Spirits of Havana “(2000) National Film Board (NFB) was presented at numerous film festivals internationally, television (CBC, PBS) as well as in Europe.
A more recent film “Embracing Voices” has been shown at film festivals and is awaiting commercial release. Jane’s most recent recording and touring group “Maqueque” is turning heads internationally. The group consists of Jane with five dynamic young Cuban women instrumentalists and composers. Their 2nd release “Oddara” is coming out this fall.
As an educator, spokesperson and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence.