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Ken Prue/a Loft Production presents: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque Live in Concert

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 7:00 pm

Venue: Concert Hall at Victoria Hall

Jane BunnettPlaying With Fire, is a musical landmark and a celebration of more than ten years of Jane Bunnett and Maqueque.

The idea for Maqueque (Mah-Kay-Kwey) came out of a jam session at the Cohiba Hotel in Havana. After meeting and hearing a couple of very young Cuban female musicians, the legendary Jane Bunnett was inspired to take a detour from her regular band (Spirits of Havana) and create a project with some of the finest women graduates from the Conservatory.

Maqueque is a co-operative featuring women players from Cuba, and now a brilliant vocalist Joanna Majoko (from Zimbabwe). The band has won a Juno Award, a Grammy nomination and has toured Europe, Latin America, and North America. They have played all the major clubs and festivals including Newport, Monterey, Saratoga, and have done a yearly week-long residency at the legendary Birdland in New York City.

Downbeat Magazine called Maqueque one of the Top Ten Touring Groups in the USA. NPR created a feature titled “The New Queens Of Afro Cuban Jazz" for their award-winning series Jazz Night In America with Christian Mcbride. The group appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts.

Playing with Fire is a stunning example of the strength and beauty of the evolution of Jane Bunnett and Maqueque. The newest member is also the youngest - Daniela Olano, 19 year old violinist and composer, is the little sister of pianist and founding member of Maqueque, Danae Olano. Her composition "Daniela’s Theme” is a highlight on Playing With Fire.

This album also features a very special guitarist, Donna Grantis. Donna is an extraordinary guitar talent Donna who has spent many years with the band 3RDEYEGIRL, the backing trio for Prince, who, unknown to many, had a home in Toronto. Donna was a member of Prince's band until his death and provided much of the unique sound for his legendary all female trio.


Tickets are $39 plus hst and service fee and available at the Concert Hall Box Office: 855-372-2210


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