Photo: Jane Bunnett’s Oddara album.
The next show will air on Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This broadcast features an interview with composer/saxophonist/flautist Jane Bunnett.
Multiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S and Cuba. She has been up for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno’s, received The Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee and most recently The Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous Jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a flutist, saxophone player and pianist.
Bunnett’s debut recording hit the Jazz world in 1987 with the Stunning Juno-nominated In Dew Time featuring American Jazz legends Dewey Redman, Don Pullen and Canadian icon Claude Ranger.
During and in-between her Cuban explorations Bunnett released recordings and toured with a powerful group of Jazz innovators. She recorded New York Duets with legendary pianist Don Pullen and Live at Sweet Basil with Pullen and drummer Billy Hart. She also appears on Water is Wide with Pullen as well as Jeanne Lee, Sheila Jordan and Billy Hart. Double Time is a duet with Paul Bley. On Spirituals and Dedications, Bunnett joins Dewey Redman, vocalist Dean Bowman and master pianist Stanley Cowell.
Two documentaries have been made about Bunnett’s work. The National Film Board (NFB)’s Spirits of Havana (2000) was presented at numerous film festivals internationally, television (CBC, PBS) as well as in Europe.
Bunnett’s most recent recording and touring group Maqueque is turning heads internationally. The group consists of Bunnett with five dynamic young Cuban women instrumentalists and composers. Their 2nd release Oddara was released this week.
As an educator, spokesperson and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence.
Bio adapted from the Jane Bunnett website.
This program is hosted, engineered, produced, and edited by Joyce Jones. Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque will be at Birdland for the 8:30 and 11 PM sets on October 25th.
Jane Bunnett’s just released Oddara CD with the Afro Cuban Maqueque group is available for a pledge of $35 to WBAI during this fall fund drive. There are also a few autographed copies of Quincy Troupe’s Miles and Me book or Will Calhoun’s Celebrating Elvin Jones CDs available and either would make a unique holiday gift. There are also copies of the MAC Power Trio’s Perfection CD with former Suga’ guests David Murray, Geri Allen, and Terri Lyne Carrington. You can also donate as little as $5. Even a little bit helps a lot and will be greatly appreciated!
Watch Jane Bunnett and Maqueque perform “New Angel” in this 2014 live show.
Watch Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana perform “The River/ El Rio” in this live show.
Watch Bunnett and Maqueque perform Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” in this 2014 live show.
Hank Williams is assistant producer for Suga’ in My Bowl and produces the weekly “On the Bandstand” segment as well as running the show’s website and blog, where he has reviewed several jazz festivals. His writing has also appeared in Left Turn magazine and American Music Review. He teaches at Lehman and Hunter colleges in the City University of New York system.