Jane Bunnett with special guest Bobby Carcasses

  • July 3
  • 8:30 pm
  • TD Stage - Festival Village
  • Free
As part of our 35th Anniversary, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival presents Jane Bunnett with an 8-piece group which includes both her first Cuban collaborator, the legendary Bobby Carcasses (who Jane started working with 35 years ago), and her most recent – 19 year old Daniela Olano on violin and vocals.
Over the last 35 years Jane Bunnett has introduced Canadian audiences to many of the finest artists to come out of Cuba – and she performed at the first Toronto Jazz Festival in 1987.  So we thought it fitting to close this year’s TD Stage in Festival Village performances with Jane and her multi-generational group of Cuban Jazz Masters.



  • Jane Bunnett
  • Soprano Sax and Flute
  • Danae Olano
  • Piano and Vocals
  • Paco Luviano
  • Bass
  • Amado Dedeu Sr
  • Vocals and Percussion
  • Amado Dedeu Jr
  • Vocals and Percussion
  • Daniela Olano
  • Vocals and Violin
  • Luis Orbegoso
  • Vocals and Percussion
  • Special Guest Bobby Carcasses

An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring, and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music, and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been ground-breaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a flutist, saxophone player, and pianist.

Two documentaries have been made about Bunnett’s work: Spirits of Havana by the National Film Board was presented at numerous film festivals internationally, on television (CBC, PBS), and in Europe. A more recent film, Embracing Voices, has been shown at film festivals and is awaiting commercial release.

As an educator, spokesperson, and social activist, JANE remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence.

Recently, with her band Maqueque, Bunnett created something new and phenomenal in the world of jazz. What started out five years ago as a project to record and mentor young brilliant Cuban female musicians, became such a success that the group was voted one of the top ten jazz groups by the prestigious DownBeat magazine’s critics poll. Since 2015, they have played in major jazz festivals like Newport and Monterey, been featured on NPR’s program Jazz Night in America, won a Juno Award for their first album, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, were nominated for a Grammy Award for their second release, Oddara and were nominated for a Juno Award for their latest release, On Firm Ground/Tierra Firme.