Miguel Zenón Quartet
sponsored by Kathryn Kaminsky & Tom Singleton
Thursday November 14, 07:30 pm - 09:30 pm
Time: 07:30 Doors: 07:00 Ages: All Ages Tickets: $25 - $30
Outpost Performance Space
210 Yale SE - Albuquerque NMBuy Tickets
A multiple Grammy Award nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, saxophonist Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended innovation and tradition. He has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a mix of Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has released twelve recordings as a leader, including his 2018 Grammy nominated, Yo Soy La Tradición. One of the founding members of the SFJAZZ Collective, he has worked with jazz luminaries including Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, David Sánchez, Danilo Perez, Antonio Sanchez, and Steve Coleman. Named as Jazz Artist and Alto Saxophonist of the Year in the 2014 Jazz Times Critics Poll, he was also elected as the Alto Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association in 2015, 2018 and 2019. As a composer, Zenón has been awarded numerous commissions and he is also both a passionate educator and “cultural ambassador.” In 2011, he founded a program called Caravana Cultural, with the purpose of presenting free-of-charge jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico, offering these communities a chance to experience jazz of the highest caliber. Zenón is a permanent faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music. Tonight’s concert features music from his latest project and release, Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera. Zenón describes Ismael (“Maelo”) Rivera (1931-1987) as follows: “He wasn’t just one of the guys. For me, he was beyond that... He exemplified the highest level of artistry. He was like Bird, Mozart, Einstein, Ali – he was that guy.” In addition to Zenón the quartet features Luis Perdomo, piano; Matt Penman, bass; and Henry Cole, drums.