Blue Note is proud to present Canadian flutist and saxophonist Jane Bunnett’s new sextet, Maqueque - celebrating the release of their self-titled debut album (available September 9, 2014 via Justin Time Records). For more than thirty years, through her longstanding ensemble Spirits of Havana, Bennett has been introducing North American jazz audiences to some of the finest musicians that Cuba has to offer (providing early opportunities to such future greats as Pedrito Martínez, Dafnis Prieto, and Yosvany Terry, among others). Now, with her new sextet, Maqueque, she introduces some of Cuba's most promising female musicians to the world. Maqueque consists of virtuoso drummer Yissy García, dynamic percussionist Dayme, Yusa on tres guitar and fretless bass, pianist Danae, and Magdelys on batás and congas. All are great vocalists as well as instrumentalists, and all are in their early 20’s (with the exception of Yusa). Their blend of scintillating Afro-Cuban rhythms, folkloric influences, exhilarating jazz, and soulful vocals has broad appeal.
Four-time JUNO Award winner, two-time GRAMMY® nominee, and Officer of the Order of Canada, Bunnett is a national treasure. Known for her courageous artistry and adventurous improvisation, her music explores the fertile intersection of jazz and Afro-Cuban music.