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Women in Jazz… and Only Women

Read "Women in Jazz… and Only Women" reviewed by Russell Perry

In 2020, for the first time, woman musicians won half of the instrumental categories in the Jazz Journalists Association's annual awards program. To celebrate Women's History Month, we are going to turn over the next several programs to women artists, whose numbers are steadily growing within the jazz ranks, making the music stronger. This hour of ...


Jane Bunnett


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.


Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Label: Justin Time Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Papineau; Maqueque; Tormenta, Guajira S. XXI; Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone; New Angel; Mamey Colorao; Canto a babba; De la Habana a Canada; Song for Haiti.


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Jane Bunnett and Maqueque: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Read "Jane Bunnett and Maqueque" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Forse stanca della trascurabile attenzione riservatale fin qui dai mass media, l'ottima jazzista canadese avrà pensato di annacquare la sua rigorosa progettualità. Scelta legittima ma discutibile, che dà luogo ad un percorso duplice ed ambivalente, dai differenti esiti artistici. Questa volta, le ormai consuete influenze afrocubane, che la Bunnett ha affrontato con migliori esiti per tre ...


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