Miguel Zenón Quartet
Música de las Américas
Miguel Zenón is a master at balancing and blending innovation and tradition. One of the most trailblazing and influential saxophonists and composers of his generation, he focuses his attention at the crossroads of jazz and his many musical influences. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and is the recipient of Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships.
The alto saxophonist, who will front his quartet at Penn State, has released fourteen albums as a leader, including Law Years: The Music of Ornette Coleman (2021), El Arte Del Bolero (2021), and Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera (2019). As a composer, he has received commissions from SFJAZZ, Chamber Music America, New York State Council for the Arts, and numerous others. He has lectured and taught master classes across the planet. Since 2011, his Caravana Cultural has presented free-of-charge jazz concerts every four to six months in rural areas of Puerto Rico.
Zenón’s band will feature drummer Henry Cole, pianist Luis Perdomo, and bassist Chris Tordini.
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Patricia Best and Thomas Ray
Presented in collaboration with the Penn State Hispanic Heritage Month Committee.
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Thank you to Penn State School of Music for hosting this presentation.