Pedigree New York Afro-Latin Jazz meets Canada’s Queen of Cuban Fusion
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
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
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.