From Toronto and direct from Cuba, two-time Grammy nominee and four-time Juno Award winner, soprano saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett’s sextet brings the soul of Cuba to Yukon music-lovers. Dubbed the new queens of Afro-Cuban jazz, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque features five all-star female Cuban musicians and a rich Afro-Cuban gumbo with rich rhythms, melodies, spirited playing and singing.

Maqueque (meaning “the energy of a young girl’s spirit”), formed five years ago. This group follows in the Bunnett tradition of ensembles featuring not only phenomenally talented players, but also great chemistry amongst the musicians.

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (pronounced Mah-keh-keh) includes Jane, on flute and soprano sax, virtuoso drummer Yissy García, dynamic percussionist Daymé Arceno, (also a powerhouse vocalist), Yusa on tres guitar and fretless bass, pianist Danae, and Magdelys on batás and congas. All turn in great, inspired performances. However, it is the group dynamic, deep listening, empathy and superb communication that come to the fore.

Bunnett has been nominated for Grammy Awards (including the Best Latin Jazz Album in 2018 for Oddara, recorded with Maqueque) and numerous Juno Awards. She received the Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee medal, and the Ontario’s Premier’s Award for Excellence. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music, and her ability to showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking.

5 for the price of 4 until October 28th.