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CaneFire is sweeter than Caroni brown sugar and don’t doubt me” – Trinidad Guardian

Where sugar cane grows a canefire is known for its dynamism and intensity, sweeping all before it to prepare the fields for future growth.  So it is with Toronto’s CaneFire — dynamic, intense and fertile — creating a new music fashioned out of a myriad of Caribbean traditions, jazz, and the original vision of bandleader, founder, pianist and composer – Jeremy Ledbetter.

CaneFire’s signature sound revolves around its unconventional use of the steelpan — Trinidad’s contribution to the world’s array of instruments, and the only petroleum byproduct that is actually good for you.  Under the hands of virtuoso Mark Mosca, the pan plays a leading role in CaneFire, taking its place alongside the horns at the front of a latin jazz combo.

“If Dizzy Gillespie were still with us, he would love CaneFire” – Vancouver Sun

Caribbean-flavoured Latin jazz (or is it Latin-flavoured Caribbean jazz?) is what the septet specialize in and they do it with fire and versatility.  Their unique sound blends the Latin and African folk traditions of the Caribbean with Trinidadian carnival and not so straight ahead jazz.  French Caribbean ‘zouk’, Puerto Rican plena, Brazilian samba and a variety of Cuban rhythms from ‘songo’ to ‘chachalokefun’, jazz, blues and all of it smothered in Trinidadian calypso and steel band.  The tunes are an intriguing mixture of influences from everywhere and the solos draw on the deep roots of the players, with the steelpan always bringing it all home. The band members hail from Canada, Cuba and Trinidad, and their accumulated training and performance credits are as impressive as they are diverse, from Percy Sledge to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.