Jane Bunnett says she it wasn’t the music that brought her on her first trip to Cuba. More, it was drinking-water problems on her tropical vacations in other places!
But when she arrived, it was the unexpected – the music blew her away.
It ended up more than a holiday… it reshaped her successful career as a jazz musician.
You can look at Latin Jazz as importing a few snappy rhythms from Cuba, the usual approach. But Cuban musicians in person can demonstrate how their rich musical heritage can be much more. You can use it as a foundation that can hold its own and meld with other music in ways not yet explored outside Cuba.
The connection with Cuba’s music and musicians Ms Bunnett made on that trip have flourished an left traces around the world… from movies like “Spirits of Havana”, CDs by the group of the same name, and wonderful musicians.
Musicians who might have never left Cuba without Jane’s intervention are sprinkled around the world, like David Virelles lately popular in New York City, and numerous other musicians in Toronto, across Canada and the world. And now, these fabulous ladies touring as Maqueque.
Right now, they have just finished a stint at Jazz Bistro in Toronto, and are off to West Coast USA for a tour. They are scheduled at the Montreal Jazz Fest this year, many people from Toronto make that an annual trip. The tour appears to be still filling in, watch for news!.