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Miguel Zenón

Background information
Associated actsMiguel Zenon Quartet, SFJAZZ Collective
Born( 1976-12-30 ) December 30, 1976 (age 43) San Juan, Puerto Rico
GenresJazz , Plena
InstrumentsAlto saxophone
LabelsMiel, Marsalis Music
Occupation(s)Musician
Websitewww .miguelzenon .com
Years active2000s-present
Facebookmiguelzenon

This young musician and composer is at once reestablishing the artistic, cultural, and social tradition of JAZZ while creating an entirely new JAZZ language for the 21st century. MacArthur Foundation, 2008. Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenon represent a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and JAZZ. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenon has built a distinguish career as a leader, releasing twelve albums under his own name. In addition, he has crafted his artistic identity by dividing his time equally between working with older JAZZ masters and musics younger innovators-irrespective of styles and genres. The list of musicians Zenon has tour and / or record with include: SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, David Sanchez, Danilo Perez, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Guillermo Klein & Los Guachos, Jeff Ballard Trio, Antonio Sanchez, David Gilmore, Paoli Mejias, Brian Lynch, Jason Lindner, Dan Tepfer, Miles Okazaki, Dan Weiss, Ray Barreto, Andy Montanez, Jerry Gonzalez & Fort Apache Band, Mingus Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson and Steve Coleman. As composer he has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, New York State Council for Arts, Chamber Music America, NYO JAZZ, Logan Center for Arts, Hyde Park JAZZ Festival, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, MIT, JAZZ Reach, Peak Performances, PRISM Quartet and many of his peers. Zenon has been featured in articles in publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg Pursuits, JAZZ Times, Jazziz, Boston Globe, Billboard, JAZZ Inside, Newsday and Details. In addition, he topped both JAZZ Artist of Year and Alto Saxophonist of Year categories in the 2014 JAZZ Times Critics Poll and was selected as Alto Saxophonist of Year by JAZZ Journalist Association in 2015, 2018 and 2019. His biography would not be complete without discussing his role as educator. In 2003, he was chosen by the Kennedy Center to teach and perform in West Africa as part of their JAZZ Ambassador program. Since then, he has given hundreds of lectures and master classes and has taught all over the world at institutions which include: Banff Centre, Berklee College of Music, Siena JAZZ, Universidad Veracruzana, Conservatorium Van Amsterdam, Musik Akademie Basel, Conservatoire de Paris, University of Manitoba, Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico, Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Columbia University, Princeton University, Kimmel Center, UMass-Amherst and Brubeck Institute. He is also a permanent faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music. But perhaps what best reflects his commitment to education and cements his growing reputation as a Cultural Ambassador, is the program that he founded in 2011, called Caravana Cultural.

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Early life

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenon was raised in Residencial Luis Llorens Torres, largest housing project on the Island. Although he didn't grow up in a family of musicians, he was nevertheless exposed to various styles of music from a very early age. At age 10, he received his first lessons on music theory and solfeggio from Ernesto Vigoreaux, elderly gentleman who travels from adjacent neighborhood of Villa Palmeras to Llorens Torres every day in order to work with disadvantaged youth in the community. Zenon would eventually be admitted to Escuela Libre de Musica, performing Arts middle School and high School where he was trained for six years on Classical saxophone by Angel Marrero. In 11th grade, he was exposed to JAZZ music by some of his friends at school and became very interested in the concept of improvisation and in the music of JAZZ Saxophonist Charlie Parker. Although he had always shown interest in natural sciences, he declined an engineering scholarship from Recinto Universitario de Mayaguez and decided to pursue a career in Music. After a year and a half worth of efforts to gather enough funds in scholarships and financial aid, Zenon moved to Boston in the spring of 1996 to begin his studies at Berklee College of Music.

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Education and session work

In addition to his titles as JAZZ Saxophonist, bandleader, and composer, Miguel Zenon 98 can now add Genius to the list. This past fall, he was selected by the John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to receive the 500 000 Award, frequently called Genius Grant. The Foundation cites Zenon, as a musician and composer who is reestablishing the artistic, cultural, and social tradition of JAZZ while creating an entirely new JAZZ language for the 21st century. This prestigious award underscores the fruitfulness of the decade for Zenon since he graduated from Berklee. In 2001, he earned his masters degree from Manhattan School of Music and has recorded four albums as leader. As a vital member of the New York JAZZ scene, Zenon has recorded and performed with a large and impressive roster of JAZZ artists that include David Sanchez, Charlie Haden, Danilo Perez, Bobby Hutcherson, Mingus Big Band, Antonio Sanchez, and Steve Coleman, to name a few. He is also a founding member of San Francisco JAZZ Collective and has worked on Collectives projects alongside Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, and Joshua Redman, among others. While growing up in Santurce, poor section of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenon became drawn to music. That area would be considered project in the States, Zenon say. I lived there until I was 12 or 13. By age of 11, Zenon became interested in music and, until he was 17, pursued Classical studies at Escuela Libre de Musica. He said piano was first choice for his principal instrument, but because he arrived late to enroll, all spots for piano students were fill. Ironically, Alto saxophone was his third choice. It wasnt until Zenon was 15 that he was introduced to JAZZ through friends. The Local University Radio station airs JAZZ shows from National Public Radio, and Zenon begin tuning in. I tap shows like JAZZ Set and buy Charlie Parker compilation and Miles Davis 58 Sessions, say Zenon. When I began listening, I didnt know anything about improvisation or theory. I just try to grasp things on my own by transcribing and playing with people. Zenon received a scholarship to Puerto Rico Heineken JAZZ Festival to attend Berklee, where he became more deeply immersed in JAZZ. I had a couple of things together when I got there, he say. I met students from all over the world, and most of them were more advanced than I was. It was a big inspiration to interact and play every day with others my age who had a lot to show me. I learnt an incredible amount from Bill Pierce, who was my main saxophone instructor, and from Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi, and other Berklee teachers. After earning his degree, Zenon accepted a scholarship for graduate work in performance at Manhattan School of Music. He also begin to explore composition. I take some composition and analysis courses with a couple of great teachers who really open up my mind to a lot of things, he say.

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As leader

This young musician and composer is at once reestablishing the artistic, cultural, and social tradition of JAZZ while creating an entirely new JAZZ language for the 21st century. MacArthur Foundation, 2008. Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenon represent a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and JAZZ. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenon has built a distinguish career as a leader, releasing twelve albums under his own name. In addition, he has crafted his artistic identity by dividing his time equally between working with older JAZZ masters and musics younger innovators-irrespective of styles and genres. The list of musicians Zenon has tour and / or record with include: SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, David Sanchez, Danilo Perez, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Kurt Elling, Guillermo Klein & Los Guachos, Jeff Ballard Trio, Antonio Sanchez, David Gilmore, Paoli Mejias, Brian Lynch, Jason Lindner, Dan Tepfer, Miles Okazaki, Dan Weiss, Ray Barreto, Andy Montanez, Jerry Gonzalez & Fort Apache Band, Mingus Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson and Steve Coleman. World-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, Saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as the leading light of his generation. Down Beat call him one of the most studied saxophonists on the planet while JAZZ Times identifies him as a figure of international renown. JAZZ sax elder statesman Dave Liebman calls him simply, one of the best musicians around, sentiment shared by readers of Down Beat in voting him second only to tenor sax great Sonny Rollins in the magazine's 2008 Readers Poll.

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Teaching and composing

With his shaved head, chiselled features and clear brown eyes, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon radiates quiet, self-possess intensity. Since moving to the East Coast from San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1996-first to study in Boston at Berklee and then to New York for masters at Manhattan School of Music-he has established himself as an invaluable new voice on the scene, player bristling with ideas and blessed with committed collaborators capable of exploring his difficult compositions. He stands out not just for the quality of his sound-lithe and quicksilver, vulnerable yet poise. The capacious nature of his music, with each original piece revealing new dimensions of a seemingly infinite sonic universe governed by invisible but inexorably logical rules. In conversation, he gives the impression that his mind is always working. Not that he seems distract. Friendly and soft-spoken, he holds eye contact and is completely engage. But it is hard to shake the feeling that he is contemplating rarefy realms ruled by numeric sequences, even as hes flashes a sheepish smile while describing his pre-Boston fantasy of life at Berklee. Sitting backstage at San Franciscos Masonic Auditorium on a late-winter afternoon, Zenon leans forward as he describes his quest to find a balance between expressive possibilities of free association, what he called randomness, and his delight in imposing order through rigorously designed structures. At a crucial juncture in his life, when he had to choose between pursuing his passion for science or saxophone, he decided to follow his musical muse, but he never left behind his fascination with patterns one can discover in mathematics. I like working with numbers, says Zenon, 28, who considered becoming an engineer before winning a scholarship to Berklee. I like getting music out of stuff that is not necessarily music, working with all these formulas and numbers, trying to see how they can work out mathematically. Composers like Steve Coleman, people who are very systematic about what they do, have been big inspirations to me. Zenons intense concentration has paid rich creative dividends. In relatively short period of time, he has made himself an indispensable member of the Jazz community, contributing preternaturally mature solos on recordings by Charlie Haden, Ray Barretto, Guillermo Klein and William Cepeda. Hes add a welcome jolt of energy to some of music's most rewarding large ensembles, including Either / Orchestra and Mingus Big Band. Hes phenomenal, incredibly exciting young player, say Sue Mingus, who heard about him through musicians ' grapevine. When there is a new person on scene, word travels like brushfire. Most vividly, Zenon spent almost five years in a seminal sextet of saxophonist David Sanchez, group that developed sophisticated synthesis of Jazz and Latin American rhythms and song forms. It was around 2000 that Zenon first started gaining widespread notice with Sanchez, who effectively used his sinuous alto as foil for his big, sumptuous tenor.

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Awards and honors

This young musician and composer is at once reestablishing the artistic, cultural, and social tradition of JAZZ while creating an entirely new JAZZ language for the 21st century. MacArthur Foundation, 2008. Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenon represent a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and JAZZ. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenon has built a distinguish career as a leader, releasing twelve albums under his own name. In addition, he has crafted his artistic identity by dividing his time equally between working with older JAZZ masters and musics younger innovators-irrespective of styles and genres. The list of musicians Zenon has tour and / or record with include: SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, David Sanchez, Danilo Perez, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Kurt Elling, Guillermo Klein & Los Guachos, Jeff Ballard Trio, Antonio Sanchez, David Gilmore, Paoli Mejias, Brian Lynch, Jason Lindner, Dan Tepfer, Miles Okazaki, Dan Weiss, Ray Barreto, Andy Montanez, Jerry Gonzalez & Fort Apache Band, Mingus Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson and Steve Coleman. As composer he has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, New York State Council for Arts, Chamber Music America, NYO JAZZ, Logan Center for Arts, Hyde Park JAZZ Festival, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, MIT, JAZZ Reach, Peak Performances, PRISM Quartet and many of his peers. Zenon has been featured in articles in publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg Pursuits, JAZZ Times, Jazziz, Boston Globe, Billboard, JAZZ Inside, Newsday and Details. In addition, he topped both JAZZ Artist of Year and Alto Saxophonist of Year categories in the 2014 JAZZ Times Critics Poll and was selected as Alto Saxophonist of Year by JAZZ Journalist Association in 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020. His biography would not be complete without discussing his role as educator. In 2003, he was chosen by the Kennedy Center to teach and perform in West Africa as part of their JAZZ Ambassador program. Since then, he has given hundreds of lectures and master classes and has taught all over the world at institutions which include: Banff Centre, Berklee College of Music, Siena JAZZ, Universidad Veracruzana, Conservatorium Van Amsterdam, Musik Akademie Basel, Conservatoire de Paris, University of Manitoba, Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico, Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Columbia University, Princeton University, Kimmel Center, UMass-Amherst and Brubeck Institute. He is also a permanent faculty member at New England Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, as well as serving as Artist-In-Residence for Zucherman Institute at Columbia University.

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Discography

Best album credit to Miguel Zenon is Tipico, which is ranked number 23 028 in the overall greatest album chart with a total rank score of 37. Miguel Zenon is ranked number 10 280 in the overall artist rankings with a total rank score of 47. Following albums by Miguel Zenon rank highest in greatest album charts: this may not be complete discography for Miguel Zenon. This listing only shows those albums by this artist that appear on at least one chart on this site. If the album is 'missing' that you think deserves to be here, you can include it in your own chart from My Charts page!

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About Miguel's Work

Miguel Zenon is a young Jazz musician who is expanding the boundaries of Latin and Jazz Music through his elegant and innovative musical collages. As both Saxophonist and composer, Zenon demonstrates astonishing mastery of old and new Jazz idioms, from Afro-Caribbean and Latin American rhythmical concepts to free and avant-garde Jazz. Beginning with his 2001 recording Looking Forward, Zenon has exhibited a high degree of daring and sophistication in the manipulation of conventional Jazz forms. His third album, Jibaro, illuminates his intense engagement with the indigenous music of his native Puerto Rico. Forgoing Afro-Caribbean sound that characterizes most Latin Jazz, Zenon was inspired by La musica jibara string-base folkloric music popular in the Puerto Rican countryside. Unlike other attempts to fuse Jazz and Jibaro, which have retained traditional instrumentation with little harmonic variation, in Zenons hands essential elements of Jibaro serve as compositional and rhythmic underpinning of his contemporary Jazz arrangements. The result is a complex yet accessible sound that is overflowing with feeling and passion and maintains the integrity of islands Music. This young musician and composer is at once reestablishing the artistic, cultural, and social tradition of Jazz while creating an entirely new Jazz language for the 21st century.

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Recent News

Few artists fuse traditional Puerto Rican music styles and jazz with the skill, verve and imagination of Miguel Zenon. Recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship and MacArthur Foundation genius grant, acclaim alto saxophonist is now on tour with his talent-rich Quartet. It features fellow Puerto Rican Henry Cole on drums, Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo and Austrian bassist Hans Glawischnig. Their repertoire draws largely from Zenons sublime new album, Sonero: Music of Ismael Rivera, which salutes and re-imagines music of the late Puerto Rican singing legend. It is a perfect combination, since Riveras innovative vocal style combines tradition and creative risk-taking in much the same way as Zenon and his Quartet. The album takes a deep dive into various Puerto Rican music traditions, which Zenon and his band skillfully blend with first-class jazz improvisations. On stage, their borders-leaping fusion should serve as an exciting demonstration of the potential for musical fusions to to salute, elevate and expand different components they contain. Miguel Zenon Quartet: 7: 30 pm Sunday. Athenaeum Studio at Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave., Logan Heights. {matheq}15-{endmatheq} 25. 454-5872. Ljathaneum.

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Miguel Zenon Quartet

Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, composer and Saxophonist Miguel Zenon balances and blends innovation and tradition. Zenon has developed a unique voice, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin Music and Jazz. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he has released 10 recordings, including this year Tipico and Grammy-Nominated Identities are Changeable. Widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, Zenon has also developed a unique voice as a composer and conceptualist. Miguel Zenon Quartet, his working band of more than 15 years, includes Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo, Austrian bassist Hans Glawischnig, and fellow Puerto Rican drummer Henry Cole. The concert will include selections from Tipico-original Music by Zenon specifically written for members of Quartet and directly inspired by their individual playing and personalities.

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