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Long before Ry Cooder and the Buena Vista Social Club, Canadian flutist and soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett began traveling to Cuba to play and record with musicians from all over that island nation. For last year’s Alma de Santiago, “Havana Jane”—who learned her craft from jazzman Steve Lacy as well as numerous Cubanos—and her trumpeter husband, Larry Cramer, traveled to Santiago, where Bunnett’s knack for putting together a good band took over. But the recording would hardly shine as much as it does without her upper register flute-work, which joyously blends with the percussion of the 38-piece La Conga de Los Hoyos to turn tracks such as Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee” into bottom-shaking carnival romps. Bunnett plays at 7:30 p.m. at the Voice of America Auditorium, 330 Independence Ave. SW. $26. (202) 357-3030. (Steve Kiviat)