June 24, 2024


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Jane Bunnett and Maqueque Perform on Latin Jazz cruise with Bobby Sanabria: Video

Six years ago, soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett merged her devotion to Afro-Cuban music with her commitment to women’s empowerment, and created Maqueque — a hard-charging group that has since toured the world, received a Grammy nomination and been the subject of a recent episode of Jazz Night in America.

The members of Maqueque, which Bunnett said she regards with maternal affection, are pianist Dánae Olano, bassist and vocalist Tailin Marrero Zamora, drummer Yissy García, percussionist Mary Fernández and the newest edition, Zimbabwean vocalist Joanna Tendai Majoko. And at a certain point in the session, Sanabria makes the jump from interview to performer, sitting in on drums. Here is the band’s performance of “La Linea (The Lineup),” the opening track on the album.

Jane Bunnett with members of Maqueque: Danae Olano on piano and Joanna Tendai Majoko on vocals

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