Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

June 19
7 p.m.
Jazz, Pop, Soul, World

Canadian soprano saxophonist/flautist Jane Bunnett first visited Cuba 30 years ago, became fascinated with the island’s rich treasure trove of music, and has subsequently spent most of her career immersed in its eclectic sounds, often collaborating with the finest Cuban jazz musicians. In 2013 she formed Maqueque, which means “the energy of a young girl’s spirit,” a sextet of young, talented female Cuban musicians, with Bunnett assuming a mentoring role comparable to Art Blakey in his Jazz Messengers. Maqueque’s eponymous first album won Canada’s Juno Award for Best Group Jazz Album. Its second, Oddara, out last fall, is a luminous Afro-Cuban odyssey that dives deep into a scintillating realm of complex rhythms and piquant melodies. Songs range from the glistening, classical-tinged “Little Feet” to the sly rumba “El Chivo” (featuring the dynamic piano of Danae Olano), and the highly caffeinated “Café Pilon” a carnavalesque wonder of bristling percussion and brash group vocals highlighted by the serpentine soaring of Bunnett’s soprano.