Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
A five-time Juno Award-winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the United States, and Cuba. She has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, received The Order of Canada, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and most recently, The Premier’s Award for Excellence. With Maqueque, Bunnett has created something new and phenomenal in the world of jazz. What started out five years ago as a project to record and mentor young brilliant Cuban female musicians, has become one of the top groups on the North American jazz scene. In the last year, they have played major jazz festivals such as Newport and Monterey, been featured on NPR’s Jazz Night in America, were nominated for a Grammy Award for their newest release, Oddara, and were voted as one the top ten jazz groups by DownBeat Magazine’s prestigious critics poll.