Calendar of Events
The greater Champaign County area is a hotbed for fun, local events you can't find anywhere else in the region. From music festivals, to exhibition openings, to cultural events, there's always something going on.
Please note, masks are required in all indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status and encouraged in outdoor spaces where social distancing isn't possible.
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
500 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, Illinois 61801
What started five years ago as a project to mentor and record promising Cuban female musicians has become one of the top groups on the North American jazz scene led by internationally acclaimed, five-time Juno Award-winner Jane Bunnett. The veteran jazz icon and composer is joined in Maqueque by Dánae Olano on piano, Tailin Marrero Zamora on bass, MaryPaz Fernández on percussion, Yissy García on drums, and the vocals of Joanna Tendai Majoko in a fresh, inventive exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies. Together, they have played in major jazz festivals including Newport and Monterey, have been featured on NPR’s Jazz Night in America, were nominated for a Grammy Award for their 2016 release Oddara, and were voted as one of the top 10 jazz groups in the most recent critics poll by DownBeat magazine, which has described the band’s live performance: “Maqueque entranced listeners with a clave-induced set of Afro-Cuban, booty-shaking world jazz that would have made Dizzy smile.”