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Jane Bunnett

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Jane Bunnett has become one of the foremost jazz musicians in Canada, and has gained recognition around the world for her improvising talents, technical proficiency, and writing and band leading abilities. Born and educated in Toronto, she trained as a classical pianist from 1975-78 (attaining Grade 10 Piano Honors), until tendentious forced a switch to woodwinds at the Royal Conservatory. In 1979 she began concurrent studies in jazz at York University, Toronto, inspired by her first exposure to jazz great Charles Mingus and Rahsaan Roland Kirk in San Francisco. This led to studies with pianist Barry Harris, flautists James Newton, Frank Wess and James Moody; then, having heard soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy’s music, she began to focus on that instrument also. A 1991 Canada Council grant enabled her to travel to Paris to begin studies with Lacy.

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Alfredo Chacon

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Alfredo Chacon is a Cuban American composer, vibraphone player, and percussionist. His music is fresh, happy, positive and full of energy. The melodies play a very important role as much in his compositions as in his solos. Chacon is emerging as one of the most prominent voices of the vibraphone in Latin and Cuban Jazz. He combines a high technical level in his instrument with a great musical,, and harmonic knowledge. His new album ¨Caliente Corner¨ is a wonderful sounding album featuring many Cuban rhythms like Son, Cha cha cha, Mambo, Bolero, Tango congo, Pilon, Danzon y Changui, masterly merged with the harmonies and approach of jazz

Album

Afro Cuban Jazz

Label: Cubop
Released: 2000
Track listing: Oya Ye Ye; Aguacero; Interlude; El Campeon del Mambo; Blues para T; Straight from the Gate; Ofrenda; Descarga Angixi.

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Article: Album Review

Snowboy and the Latin Section: Afro Cuban Jazz

Read "Afro Cuban Jazz" reviewed by Jim Santella


Snowboy, who has recorded nine albums with his band The Latin Section, combines an acid jazz texture with traditional Afro-Cuban chants and rhythms. Using a basic call & response format atop lively rhythms, the leader colors his performance with Fender Rhodes and Hammond Organ timbres. The result is a hot dance affair that’s anchored by Snowboy’s ...


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