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Live to Air concert with Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

September 5, 2019, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

In less than five years, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque has evolved from a project to support a new generation of young women in jazz into a Grammy-nominated, critically acclaimed band that’s in high demand at major jazz festivals around the world.

This fall, a day before the release of their new album On Firm Ground / Tierra Firme, the all-female collective will be playing an intimate, interactive concert for a small crowd at JAZZ.FM91 that will also be broadcast live to our radio audience.

The group is led by veteran Canadian saxophonist, flutist and composer Jane Bunnett, who has won five Juno Awards, earned three Grammy nominations and been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Recently, she has dedicated herself to bringing the Maqueue project to the world. Jane Bunnett and Maqueque have toured constantly throughout Canada as well as Colombia, Brazil, Cuba and Panama, and have performed at major U.S. jazz festivals and venues including at Newport, Monterey, Saratoga, Birdland and the Lincoln Center.

We’re offering JAZZ.FM91 donors a rare opportunity to see the group play a one-hour concert in the small, intimate atmosphere of the Long & McQuade Performance Hall on Thursday, Sept. 5, as they kick off their new album.

How to attend

Invitations to JAZZ.FM91’s Live to Air concerts are our gift to you for your donation of $150 for one seat or $300 for a pair. Donations are eligible for a full tax receipt issued in February, 2020.

To donate, call 1-800-811-2400, email events@jazz.fm or click below.

The new album On Firm Ground / Tierra Firme features three new Bunnett compositions along with tunes from several collaborators.

Three more compositions come from pianist Danae Olano, who has become Bunnett’s closest collaborator and whose pieces represent the heart and soul of this third Maqueque record.

Dayme Arocena, a founding member and inspiration for Maqueque, offers her composition Mysteries of Jane’s House, showing how in a few short years she has become one of the bright lights and biggest stars in Afro-Cuban jazz.  Producer Larry Cramer contributes a stunning, conga-style take on John Coltrane’s Moment’s Notice.

The album also introduces Maqueque’s newest member Joanna Majoko, an incredibly soulful Toronto-based vocalist whose roots are in Zimbabwe and who immediately connected with the Maqueque groove. Meanwhile, Sacred Steel guitar player and vocalist Nikki D Brown contributes soulful vocals on the tracks On Firm Ground and Broken Heart, while former Maqueque member Melvis Santa adds some of her own vocals throughout the album.


September 5, 2019
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Long & McQuade Performance Hall
4 Pardee Avenue
Toronto, Canada
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