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Jane Bunnett & The Spirits of Havana – Canada/Cuba – “30 Years” CD Launch – Special Guests The Heavyweights Brass Band
January 27, 2012 @ 8:30 pm$32.50 – $35
World Premiere performance with special guests
The Spirits of Havana
The Heavyweights Brass Band
Celebrating Jane’s 30 years of Cuban Canadian collaborations
with a new 2 CD retrospective
“Mundo” & “The World of Jane Bunnett” including new trackswith
The Heavyweights Brass Band.
2012 is going to be an exciting and very special year for one of Canada’s most celebrated Jazz artists: Jane Bunnett.
Back In February 1982, Jane and her partner Larry Cramer landed in Santiago de Cuba (on the Eastern side of Cuba) and had no idea that the next 30 years would bring them international acclaim for her distinctly original collaborations with some of the greatest musicians in the culturally rich country of Cuba.
As one of Canada’s most celebrated musicians, Jane has garnered 6 Juno Awards, 2 Grammy nominations and a host of other International awards recognizing her music and her mastery of the soprano saxophone and the flute.
Not only has Jane taken her music around the world, she has been honored by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington both for her ground-breaking music and her immense contribution to Latin American Culture. In 2004 Jane became an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2005 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws for her contributions to Latin music from Queens University.
The country and the people of Cuba have developed lifelong friendships with Jane & Larry Cramer over the past 30 years. Not only have these two brought the music of the island to a worldwide audience, they have given back by way of their “Spirit of Music Program” as documented in the historic film by the National Film Board called “Spirits of Havana”(2000). Every few years they travel to one of the many conservatories to repair and replenish broken instruments and to help ensure the nurturing of young talent for years to come. For the last 15 years Jane & Larry have seen many of these gifted students go on to international careers.
Jane will be available throughout 2012 touring her various projects.
With tracks from their debut album “Don’t Bring Me Down” already receiving airplay on CBC Radio and Jazz FM 91.1, The Heavyweights Brass Band are poised for a breakout year. After recently opening for New Orleans legends Galactic and local Brazilian songstress Aline Morales, the Toronto quintet (four horns plus a drummer) thrilled a hometown audience in its debut performance at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival on Canada Day, and looks forward to a busy summer of featured performances at the Beaches Jazz Fest, Brampton Art of Jazz Festival, and Toronto’s Havana Cultura Festival, culminating in an official CD Release concert on the WestJet Stage at Harbourfront Centre on September 2nd.
Independently produced and released, “Don’t Bring Me Down” carries the band’s signature mix of classic soul/funk covers, New Orleans standards, original modern jazz compositions, and outrageous arrangements of top 40 pop tunes – a winning combination that never fails to get an audience on its feet. Also featured on the record are collaborations with two highly respected Toronto artists: grammy-nominated Cuban rapper Ogguere, and soul/rock vocal powerhouse Saidah Baba Talibah.
The individual members of the band, with collective experience as sidemen in almost every facet of Toronto’s very diverse music scene, are well on their way to stellar careers and have already earned national recognition, including a Western Canadian Music Award, a Galaxie Rising Star Award, and a JUNO nomination. Sharing a love for New Orleans-inspired jazz, they formed the Heavyweights Brass Band in 2009 to bring their fresh, modern take on this joyful music to a worldwide audience. Since their debut they have gained a strong following in Toronto, playing regularly to packed houses at the Gladstone Hotel, the Painted Lady, and world-famous jazz venue The Rex Hotel, as well as raucous post-concert parties for visiting New Orleans legends Nicholas Payton, Allen Toussaint and Gregg Stafford.