Jane Bunnett, while she has been nominated twice for a Grammy for best Latin Jazz recording is not a household name on the U.S. music scene. She is, however, one of the foremost jazz musicians in Canada. She is a soprano saxophonist who has built a formidable jazz career around Cuban Music. She spent a summer in Cuba in the 80’s with her husband, trumpeter Larry Cramer, which she said changed her life. While she has dedicated her career to Latin music she names U.S. jazz greats Charlie Mingus and Rahsaan Roland Kirk as the source of her musical inspiration.
Her latest CD is called Jane Bunnett + Maqueque, an all-female Cuban band. On this video she performs with the band Spirits of Havana at the Registry Theater in Kitchener, Ontario.