“Afro-Cuban, booty-shaking world jazz that would have made Dizzy smile.”—DownBeat
Tickets go on sale to Burlington Discover Jazz Festival members at the Messenger level and above on Tuesday, March 28 at 10 am and to the general public on Friday, March 31 at 10 am. Buy tickets in person at the FlynnTix Regional Box Office, online, or at 802-86-FLYNN. Festival membership begins at $50 and is open to anyone at anytime. To become a $120+ level member and purchase tickets during the member on sale period simply click here.
An all-female septet led by the exploratory soprano sax of Jane Bunnett, Maqueque derives its name from the Afro-Cuban word describing the energy of a young girl. The group channels that energy into manic, percussion-driven overtures that mellow into soaring freefalls. Melodic scat singing traces the band’s tropically-spirited rhythms, diverting into loungy coves that tease the armchair travel of ‘60s exotica. A Juno-award winning musician who has explored Afro-Cuban melodies for decades, Bunnett culled Maqueque from female Cuban musicians whom she sees as overshadowed by their male counterparts. “Cuba’s very macho,” Bunnett says, “and it’s very hard for women to get ahead in the music scene there.” With Maqueque, Bunnett hopes to send a message to young women everywhere about the possibilities of music.