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Jazz in Toronto Presents: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque at El Mocambo



L to R: Tailin Marrero Zamora, Yissy García, Joanna Tendai Majoko, Mary Paz Fernández, Jane Bunnett, Dánae Olano. Photograph by Lauren Deutsch

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque are recording their exciting new project, Playing with Fire. But before they do, they are featuring the new sound for one night only at the Legendary Club El Mocambo, on Thursday, September 15, 2022.

Thu Sep 15 2022 | 7:00 PM (Doors 6:30 PM)
The Starlight Room at the El Mocambo
464 Spadina Avenue, Toronto ON M5T 2G8
$40 (plus fees + tax) Ages 19+


This is the first Maqueque show in Toronto in more than 3 years. Starting out as a project to support excellent young Cuban female players and composers, this dynamic cooperative has become one of the top jazz groups touring today, according to Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Poll.

Multiple tours in the US, Europe and Juno wins -and a Grammy Nomination- have propelled Maqueque to one of the top tier jazz bands playing today. YOU MUST SEE THEM LIVE! 

Jane Bunnett, Soprano Saxophone and Flute
Yissy García, Drums
Tailin Marrero, Bass & Vocals
Joanna Majoko, Vocals 
Dánae Olano, Piano & Vocals
and Introducing, Daniela Olano on Violin and Vocals

For the show and recording we are adding powerhouse guitarist Donna Grantis as our special guest.

Founder, Editor, Webmaster: Latin Jazz Network, World Music Report, That Canadian Magazine. A passionate and committed communicator with a sensibility for the arts based in Toronto, Canada.

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Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall



Dizzy, Chano and Chico — The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall

[New York] – The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance & The Town Hall Present: Dizzy, Chano and Chico — The Original Influencers — 75 Years Later at Town Hall. A celebration of the monumental moments when jazz met the rhythms of Cuba and changed the face of modern music forever. In 1947, legends Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo composed “Manteca” — one of the earliest foundational compositions of Afro-Cuban jazz and among Gillespie’s most famous recordings. In December ’47, Dizzy and Chano performed it live at the famed Town Hall in New York City. Consecutively, composer Chico O’Farrill’s masterpiece “Afro Cuban Jazz Suite” brought together bandleader Machito with O’Farrill and Charlie Parker, among others. O’Farrill’s work to meld modern jazz with Cuban big band continued with his collaboration with Dizzy on “The Manteca Suite.” ALJA and Town Hall celebrate Dizzy, Chano and Chico for their groundbreaking introduction of Latin music influences in jazz.

Dizzy, Chano and Chico - The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall
Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall

On January 14, 2023 at Town Hall, the continuum pushes forward 75 years later with the next generation of performers keeping Afro Cuban/Afro Latin jazz alive and well. Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning Arturo O’Farrill and his 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra revisit the acclaimed compositions “Manteca,” “The Manteca Suite,” and  “Afro Cuban Jazz Suite” as well as new compositions, arrangements and recent works with some of today’s most distinguished Latin jazz artists. Featured guests include “Superstar of Afro Cuban Percussion” Pedrito Martinez, NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Big Chief Donald Harrison, Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena, trumpeter Jon Faddis, as well as emerging talents trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, percussionist Jacquelene Acevedo, and singer/composer Melvis Santa.

This event is part of the on-going centennial celebrations of both Chico O’Farrill and the Town Hall.

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers – 75 Years Later at Town Hall

Featuring: Pedrito Martinez, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Jon Faddis, Daymé Arocena

With: Adam O’Farrill, Jacquelene Acevedo, Melvis Santa

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