born on 22/12/1956 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mary Jane "Jane" Bunnett, OC (born October 22, 1956) is a Canadian musician and educator. A soprano saxophonist, flautist and bandleader, she is especially known for performing Afro-Cuban jazz. She travels regularly to Cuba to perform with Cuban musicians.
Early life and education
Bunnett was born in Toronto, Ontario. She received piano instruction at The Royal Conservatory of Music, but "after three years, and achievement of Grade 10 piano credentials, she developed tendonitis", and so she changed her instruments, from pursuing her career "as a classical pianist...at age 20 to jazz and to flute and soprano saxophone."
Bunnett founded and leads an all-female Afro-Cuban/jazz group, Maqueque. Its other members are: Dánae Olano (vocals, piano), Yissy Garcia (drums), Magdelys Savigne (vocals, batá drums, congas); Elizabeth Rodriguez (vocals, violin), and Celia Jiménez (vocals, bass). The group has won five Juno Awards (including Best Group Jazz Album of the Year in 2014 for its debut CD) and garnered two Grammy nominations.
In addition to her primary instruments, Bunnett also plays the trompeta china, a Cuban wind instrument of Chinese origin.
Honors and awards
In 2004, Bunnett was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honour given in this country, granted to Canadian citizens 'for outstanding achievement and service to the country or to humanity at large.' In 2006, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Bunnett is married to another musician, trumpeter Larry Cramer. They reside in Toronto but have traveled to Cuba for musical collaborations for more than 30 years. Many of Bunnett's recordings include Cramer compositions.
Bunnett is also a social activist.
|Jane Bunnett||In Dew Time||1988||with Don Pullen and Dewey Redman; Dark Light LP DL-9001|
|Jane Bunnett/Don Pullen||New York Duets||1989|
|Jane Bunnett Quintet||Live at Sweet Basil||1990|
|Jane Bunnett||Spirits of Havana||1991|
|Jane Bunnett||The Water is Wide||1993||with Don Pullen, Jeanne Lee, and Sheila Jordan; Paul Bley/Jane Bunnett; Double Time, 1994|
|Jane Bunnett||Rendez-Vous Brazil Cuba||1995|
|Jane Bunnett||Jane Bunnett and the Cuban Piano Masters||1996|
|Various Artists||Havana Flute Summit||1998|
|Jane Bunnett & The Spirits of Havana||Chamalongo||1998|
|Jane Bunnett & The Spirits of Havana||Ritmo + Soul||2000|
|Jane Bunnett||Alma de Santiago||2001||Juno Award nomination for Best Global recording and Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Jazz recording|
|Stanley Cowell and Jane Bunnett||Spirituals and Dedications||2002|
|Jane Bunnett||Cuban Odyssey||2002||Juno Award nomination for Best Global recording and Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Jazz recording|
|Jane Bunnett||Red Dragonfly (AKA Tombo)||2004||Juno Award nomination for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year|
|Jane Bunnett||Radio Guantanamo (Guantanamo Blues Project Vol. 1)||2006||Juno Award winner for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year|
|Jane Bunnett & Maqueque||Jane Bunnett & Maqueque||2014|
|Jane Bunnett & Maqueque||Oddara||2016|
List of awards and nominations
|2009||Juno Award||Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year||Embracing Voices|
|2006||Juno Award||Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year||Radio Guantanamo Blues Project - Vol. I|
|2005||Urban Music Award (nomination)||Best Jazz Recording of the Year||Radio Guantanamo Blues Project - Vol. I|
|2004||Grammy Award (nomination)||Best Latin Jazz Album||Cuban Odyssey|
|2004||Down Beat Award||USA — Critic’s Poll for Rising Star, Flute|
|2003||Urban Music Award||Best Global Recording||Cuban Odyssey|
|2003||American Jazz Writers’ Association Award||Best Latin Jazz Album||Cuban Odyssey|
|2003||Juno Award (nomination)||Best Global Recording||Cuban Odyssey|
|2003||Grammy Award (nomination)||Best Latin Jazz Recording||Cuban Odyssey|
|2003||Jazz Journalists Award||Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year||Cuban Odyssey|
|2003||Juno Award (nomination)||Best Contemporary Jazz Album||Spirituals & Dedications|
|2003||Grammy Award (nomination)||Best Latin Jazz Album||Alma De Santiago|
|2003||Down Beat Award||Staff/Readers Poll for Rising Star, Flute/Saxophone|
|2002||Juno Award (nomination)||Best Global Recording||Alma De Santiago|
|2002||Smithsonian Institution Award||"for contributions and dedication to the development of Latin Jazz"|
|2002||Grammy Award (nomination)||Best Latin Jazz Recording||Alma De Santiago|
|2002||Canadian National Jazz Award||Saxophonist of the Year|
|2002||Down Beat Award||Critics’ Poll for Deserving of Wider Recognition, Flute|
|2002||Jazz Journalists Award||Best Latin Jazz Record||Alma De Santiago|
|2001||Jazz Journalists Award (nomination)||Best Soprano Saxophonist|
|2001||Down Beat Award||Critics’ Poll for Deserving of Wider Recognition, Flute|
|2001||Juno Award||Ritmo + Soul|
|2000||Toronto Arts Award for Music|
|1995||Socan Award||Jazz Composer of the Year|
|1994||Village Voice Award||Best Record of the Year||The Water is Wide|
|1992||Juno Award||Best Jazz Album||Spirits of Havana|
|1991||All-Music Guide Award||One of the Top 300 Jazz Discs of All Time||Spirits of Havana|
|1988||Juno Award (nomination)||In Dew Time|
- "Jane Bunnett: Biography". CanadianJazzArchive.org. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
- Order of Canada citation
- Contreras, Felix (July 12, 2016). "Jane Bunnett". NPR.org. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
- "Jane Bunnett". TheCanadianEncyclopedia.ca. Historica Canada.
- "Jane Bunnett's Maqueque". ArtsGarage.org. Delray Beach, Florida, US. Archived from the original on February 24, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
- "Jane Bunnett (2011)". musagetes.ca. 2011. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
- Official site
- Jane Bunnett at The Canadian Encyclopedia