Sunday, June 14, 2015

CANADA: Toronto Luminato Festival 2015: Cuban Fusion: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque /Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

Cuban Fusion
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 between 8:30 pm and 11:00 pm

Pedigree New York Afro-Latin Jazz meets Canada’s Queen of Cuban Fusion

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Toronto saxophonist, flutist, Canadian jazz and world music heroine Jane Bunnett has introduced many Cuban musicians to North American audiences over the past decade. Today, the Juno Award-winner has assembled an exciting all-female and all-Cuban group Maqueque, a sextet that blends traditional Cuban music with folk rhythms and jazz. 

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

Pianist, composer and educator Arturo O’Farrill was born in Mexico and grew up in New York. O’Farrill has performed with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Freddy Cole, The Fort Apache Band and Harry Belafonte. In 2002, O’Farrill founded the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, a multiple Grammy-nominated band, bringing the vital musical traditions of Afro Cuban Jazz to a wider audience, and greatly expanding the contemporary Latin jazz big band repertoire. He also performs with Malpaso Dance Company at the Fleck Dance Theatre, June 24 to 26.