Set 1: Jane Bunnett with Hilario Duran and Frank Emilio. 1997. Montreal International Jazz Festival.
This week Café Mouffe has an opportunity to preview a jazz artist who appears tonight just a few blocks away. Jane Bunnett with Spirits of Havana perform at 8:00 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Antioch College. I’ll be there for sure, ice storm notwithstanding. If you’re in the neighborhood, tickets are available online and at the door.
My village probably has more jazz people per capita than any other in America except Greenwich Village. And half the folks came from there. When I think back almost 40 years, I’ve heard some mind-blowing jazz on the Kelly Hall stage: Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Jeremy Steig, Kieth Jarrett, Charlie Haden, Leroy Jenkins, Charles McPherson, and David Murray, for starters. I heard Buckminster Fuller lecture there; while it wasn’t exactly jazz, it was cosmic. And I’ve heard the master musicians who were Jane Bunnett’s mentors in her early days — Dewey Redman, Don Pullen, and Steve Lacy. If you’ve followed the Mouffe from the beginning, you may know that hearing Steve Lacy at Kelly Hall was the most amazing musical experience in my life. I expect Jane to channel Lacy’s spirit sometime tonight.
Steve Lacy inspired Bunnett to take up the soprano sax. A 1991 Canada Council grant enabled her to travel to Paris to study with Lacy. After that her attention turned to the Afro-Cuban jazz and folk music featured here. Learn more from the extensive biography on Bunnett’s MySpace page.
Set 2: Jane Bunnett with Los Jubilados.
Set 3: Jane Bunnett with Spirits of Havana. El Rio (The River).
Encore: Jane Bunnett accompanied Toronto-based singer Laura Ocampo at the 2005 Global Divas concert: Caramba; Maldito Amor; and Algarrobal y Sentimiento. Check out Laura Ocampo’s MySpace page for free downloads.
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