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Name  Jane Bunnett
Role  Saxophonist
Genres  Afro-Cuban jazz

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Born  October 22, 1956 (age 59) Toronto, Ontario (1956-10-22)
Instruments  Soprano saxophone, flute
Education  Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music
Albums  Embracing Voices, Cuban Odyssey, Cuban Rhapsody
Movies  Jane Bunnett: Cuban Odyssey: Spirits of Havana
Similar People  Hilario Duran, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Paul Bley, Dewey Redman, Stanley Cowell

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Mary Jane "Jane" Bunnett, (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.


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Early life and education

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Bunnett was born in Toronto, Ontario. She received piano instruction at Toronto’s 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 age 20 to jazz and to flute and soprano saxophone."


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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.

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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.

Personal life

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.


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