Jane Bunnett Spirits of Havana 25th Anniv


Jane Bunnett - Spirits of Havana - 25th Anniversary

Jane Bunnett – Spirits of Havana / Chamalongo
25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Re-Issue
Out on Linus Entertainment For June 24 Release

“A quarter-century ago, the release of Spirits of Havana was a major event, and it has not dated in the slightest since then…
Many future North American musical collaborations would take place but this classic was one of the first and one of the very best.”
— Scott Yanow
author of 11 books including Afro-Cuban Jazz, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917–76

“Canadian Jane Bunnett continues her tradition of presenting the roots of American music in modern jazz packages that continues to impress and inspire.”
— George W. Harris – L.A. Jazz Weekly

“One of Canada’s finest jazz ambassadors” — Exclaim


June 2, 2016 (Toronto, ON) – This year, Jane Bunnett celebrates the 25th anniversary of her 1991 release, Spirits of Havana.  It was the first major collaboration between North American and Cuban musicians under the embargo act that was once imposed by the US. Due to Canada’s relations with the Island, Bunnett willfully managed to pull off numerous projects with these musicians paving the way for them to be introduced to a much wider musical world.

Set for release June 24, 2016 via Linus Entertainment, the deluxe re-issue includes a 2CD package with 3 unreleased tracks, 36 page book that includes historical photos and extensive notes by the late Robert Palmer and writer Ned Sublette.

Bunnett will commemorate the release with a performance at the Toronto Jazz Festival on June 30. Tickets are available at: torontojazz.com

Multiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S and Cuba. She has been up for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno’s, received The Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee and most recently The Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous JAZZ festivals, displaying her versatility as a flutist, saxophone player and pianist.

Two documentaries have been made about Bunnett’s work. “Spirits of Havana “(2000) National Film Board (NFB) was presented at numerous film festivals internationally, television (CBC, PBS) as well as in Europe.

A more recent film “Embracing Voices” has been shown at film festivals and is awaiting commercial release. Jane’s most recent recording and touring group “Maqueque” is turning heads internationally. The group consists of Jane with five dynamic young Cuban women instrumentalists and composers. Their 2nd release “Oddara” is coming out this fall on Linus Entertainment.

Disc One – Spirits of Havana Track Listing:

  1. Hymn
  2. Ochun
  3. Yo Siempre Oddara
  4. Song From Argentina
  5. Quirino
  6. La Luna Arriba
  7. G.M.S (Gandinga, Mondongo, Sandunga)
  8. Epistrophy
  9. Yemaya (Asesu)
  10. Sweet Dreams
  11. Spirits of Havana
  12. Que Bueno
  13. Nascimento

Disc Two – Chamalongo Track Listing:

  1. Mondongo
  2. Yambú
  3. Inolvidable
  4. Amor Por Ti
  5. Descarga a la Hindemith
  6. San Lazaro (Babalú)
  7. Chamalongo
  8. Avisale
  9. Freedom At Last
  10. Coco
  11. Piccolo Dance

Upcoming Canadian and US Performance Dates:

6/30/2016 TD Toronto Jazz Festival Toronto, ON
7/9/2016 Lakefield Music Festival Lakefield, ON
7/20/2016 Shuffle Concerts (Toronto Summer Music Concerts) Heliconian Hall Toronto, ON
7/28/2016 Ottawa Chamber Festival Ottawa, ON
7/29/2016 Heartwood Concert Hall Owen Sound, ON
8/14/2016 San Jose Festival San Jose, CA
8/20/2016 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco, CA
8/22/2016 Kuumwba Jazz Center Santa Cruz, CA
8/26-28/2016 The Arlington Hotel & Pub Maynooth, ON
9/13-15/2016 Hugh’s Room (CD Launch) Toronto, ON
9/16/2016 Guelph Jazz Festival Guelph, ON
9/18/2016 Kensington Market Music Festival Toronto, ON
10/19/2016 Shenkman Arts Centre Ottawa, ON
10/20/2016 Burlington Performing Arts Centre Burlington, ON
10/21/2016 Markham Flato Theatre Markham, ON

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For publicity inquiries, product request or interview opportunities please contact:
Colleen Brennan Email: colleen@linusent.com
Phone: (905) 690-9397 ext 234


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