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Jane Bunnett

Born: October 22, 1955    Primary Instrument: Sax, soprano

Jane Bunnett

Jane Bunnett has become one of the foremost jazz musicians in Canada, and has gained recognition around the world for her improvising talents, technical proficiency, and writing and band leading abilities. Born and educated in Toronto, she trained as a classical pianist from 1975-78 (attaining Grade 10 Piano Honors), until tendentious forced a switch to woodwinds at the Royal Conservatory. In 1979 she began concurrent studies in jazz at York University, Toronto, inspired by her first exposure to jazz great Charles Mingus and Rahsaan Roland Kirk in San Francisco. This led to studies with pianist Barry Harris, flautists James Newton, Frank Wess and James Moody; then, having heard soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy’s music, she began to focus on that instrument also. A 1991 Canada Council grant enabled her to travel to Paris to begin studies with Lacy.

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Awards:

Radio Guantanamo (Guantanamo Blues Project Vol. 1) - 2006 Juno Award Winner for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year.

Jane Bunnett/Don Pullen - New York Duets, 1989.
Jane Bunnett Quintet - Live at Sweet Basil, 1990.
Jane Bunnett - Spirits of Havana, 1991.
Jane Bunnett - The Water is Wide, 1993 (with Pullen, Jeanne Lee, and Sheila Jordan)
Paul Bley/Jane Bunnett - Double Time, 1994.
Jane Bunnett Rendez-Vous Brazil Cuba, 1995.
Jane Bunnett and The Cuban Piano Masters, 1996.
Havana Flute Summit, 1998.
Jane Bunnett & The Spirits of Havana - Chamalongo, 1998.
Jane Bunnett & The Spirits of Havana - Ritmo + Soul, 2000.
Jane Bunnett - Alma de Santiago, 2001, Juno Award nomination for Best Global recording and Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Jazz recording.
Spirituals and Dedications, 2002.
Jane Bunnett - Cuban Odyssey, 2002, Juno Award nomination for Best Global recording and Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Jazz recording.
Jane Bunnett - Red Dragonfly (AKA Tombo), 2004, Juno Award nomination for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year.
Jane Bunnett - Radio Guantanamo (Guantanamo Blues Project Vol. 1)

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