She studied with soprano great Steve Lacy, and called in masters like saxophonist Dewey Redman and pianist Don Pullen for tours and albums.
Following a trip to Cuba in 1982 with her husband, trumpeter Larry Cramer, she seriously delved into Cuban music and sought out its players.
As an English language program, it also provides an opportunity for non-latins to find out about the backgrounds of artists and their music.
From the polyrhythmic drum beats of Brazil to the panflutes of the Andes.
Formell boasts direct links to the city as his great-great grandfather, who was among the St. Canadian soprano saxophonist and flautist Jane Bunnett, appearing at Snug Harbor on November 18 and 19, might seem an unlikely candidate to be a leader on the Cuban music front, but her credentials, huge talent and passion for the music speak for themselves.
Classically trained on piano, she switched instruments and began to focus on jazz.
Bunnett invited Sansone to sit in with her group, Spirits of Havana, and he traveled to Cuba with her ensemble.