Miguel Zenón

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Miguel Zenón
Born (1976-12-30) December 30, 1976 (age 39)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Alto saxophone
Years active 1990s–present
Labels Fresh Sound, Marsalis Music
Associated acts SFJAZZ Collective
Website www.miguelzenon.com

Miguel Zenón (born December 30, 1976) is an alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader, music producer and educator living in New York City, United States. He is a Grammy nominee,[1] and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship[2] and a MacArthur Fellowship.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Miguel Zenón received his first musical lessons from Ernesto Vigoreaux in the Residencial Luis Llorens Torres, a housing project in San Juan where he spent most of his childhood.[4] He then attended the Escuela Libre de Música, where he was trained for six years on classical saxophone by Angel Marrero.[5]

Later life and career[edit]

He attended Berklee College of Music, where he received a bachelors degree and studied with Bill Pierce, Hal Crook and Ed Tomassi. He later studied with Dick Oatts, Nils Vigeland and Ludmila Ulehla at Manhattan School of Music, were he received a masters degree before eventually settling in New York City. As a sideman, he has worked with The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, Fred Hersh, Kenny Werner, Guillermo Klein, David Sánchez, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, The Mingus Big Band, Ray Barreto, Jerry Gonzalez, Jeff Ballard, Bobby Hutcherson, Steve Coleman and others.

His Esta Plena album (2009) was nominated for two Grammys.[1]

Zenón is a founding member of The SFJAZZ Collective, a group whose past and current members include Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman, Brian Blade, Nicholas Payton, Dave Douglas, and Eric Harland.[6] He also served as one of the resident artistic directors for the first two seasons (2012–2013) of the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California.[7]

As a composer, he has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, The New York State Council for the Arts,[8] Chamber Music America, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation,[9] Jazz Reach,[10] Peak Performances[11] and PRISM Quartet,[12] among others. Zenón has been featured in articles on publications such as The New York Times,[13] The Wall Street Journal,[14] The Los Angeles Times,[15] The Chicago Tribune,[16] Jazz Times,[17] Boston Globe,[18] Newsday,[19] Bloomberg Pursuits,[20] as well as appearing on the cover of Downbeat Magazine on two occasions (2010 and 2014).[21][22] He has also topped the Rising Star Alto Sax category of the Downbeat Critic's Poll on four different occasions[23] and was chosen by both the 2012 Jazz Times Reader's and Critic's Poll as the top Alto Saxophonist of the year.[24]

In 2003, he taught and performed in West Africa as part of the Kennedy Center's Jazz Ambassador program.[25] Since then, he has taught at institutions such as The Banff Centre,[26] Berklee College of Music, Siena Jazz,[27] Conservatorium Van Amsterdam,[28] Conservatoire de Paris, Barnard College, University of Manitoba, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, UMass-Amherst[29] and the Brubeck Institute.[30] He is also a permanent faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music.[31]

In 2011, Zenón founded Caravana Cultural, a program which presents free-of-charge jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico.[32]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • 2002 Looking Forward (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • 2004 Ceremonial (Marsalis Music)
  • 2005 24/7 (Nagel Heyer)
  • 2005 Lampiao (Candid)
  • 2005 Jíbaro (Marsalis)
  • 2008 Awake (Marsalis)
  • 2009 Esta Plena (Marsalis)
  • 2011 Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis)
  • 2012 Rayuela (Sunnyside)
  • 2013 Oye Live in Puerto Rico (CD Baby)
  • 2014 Identities Are Changeable (Audio & Video Labs, Inc./CD Baby)[33]

As sideman[edit]

with SFJAZZ Collective[edit]

  • 2004 Inaugural Season
  • 2005 SFJAZZ Collective (Nonesuch)
  • 2005 Live 2005: 2nd Annual Concert Tour (SF Jazz Records)
  • 2006 SFJAZZ Collective, Vol. 2 (Nonesuch)
  • 2006 Live 2006: 3rd Annual Concert Tour (SF Jazz)
  • 2007 Live 2007: 4th Annual Concert Tour (SF Jazz)
  • 2008 Live 2008: 5th Annual Concert Tour (SF Jazz)
  • 2009 Live 2009: 6th Annual Concert Tour (SF Jazz)
  • 2010 Live 2010 7th Annual Concert Tour (SF Jazz)
  • 2011 Live 2011 8th Annual Concert Tour (SF Jazz)[34]
  • 2012 Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder
  • 2013 The Music of Chick Corea & New Compositions (SF Jazz)
  • 2013 Live SFJAZZ Center (SF Jazz)
  • 2014 10th Anniversary: Best of Live at the SFJAZZ Center (SF Jazz)
  • 2014 Live SFJAZZ Center: The Music of Joe Henderson & Original Compositions (SF Jazz)
  • 2015 Live SFJAZZ Center: The Music of Michael Jackson & Original Compositions (SF Jazz)

with Guillermo Klein[edit]

  • Guillermo Klein & Los Guachos 3 (Sunnyside, 2002)
  • Filtros (Sunnyside, 2008)
  • Aaron Goldberg & Guillermo Klein, Bienestan (Sunnyside, June 2011)
  • Carrera (Sunnyside, May 2012)

with David Sanchez[edit]

  • Melaza (Columbia, 2001)
  • Travesia (Columbia, 2001)
  • Coral (Sony, August 2004)

with Miles Okazaki[edit]

  • Mirror (2006)
  • Generations (Sunnyside, 2009)
  • Figurations (Sunnyside, May 2012)

with Paoli Mejias[edit]

  • Mi Tambor (2004)
  • Transcend (2006)
  • Jazzambia (2008)

with Charlie Haden[edit]

  • The Land of the Sun (Verve, August 2004)
  • Charlie Haden & the Liberation Music Orchestra, Not in Our Name (Verve, September 2005)

with Brian Lynch[edit]

  • Brian Lynch, 24/7 (Nagel Heyer, April 2005)
  • Spheres of Influence Suite (Ewe, 2006)

with Luis Perdomo[edit]

  • Luis Perdomo, Focus Point (RKM, September 2004)
  • Links (Criss Cross, May 2013)

with Edu Tancredi y el Bandon 33[edit]

with Hans Glawischnig[edit]

  • Common Ground (Fresh Sound, 2003)
  • Panorama (Sunnyside, January 2008)

with others[edit]

  • Gabriel Rodriguez, Beginning (1999)
  • Gilson Schachnik, Raw (Brownstone, 2000)
  • Either/Orchestra, More Beautiful Than Death (Accurate, 2000)
  • Stephan Crump, Tuckahoe (Accurate, 2001)
  • Greg Tardy, Abundance (Palmetto, 2001)
  • William Cepeda, Branching Out (Blue Jackel, 2001)
  • Sebastian Weiss, Momentum (Fresh Sound, 2001)
  • Quite Sane, The Child of Trouble Times (Rykodisc, 2002)
  • Mika Pohjola, Landmark (Blue Music Group, 2002)
  • Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra, Welcome to New Life (Sphere, 2003)
  • The Jinga Quintet, A Day Gone By (Fresh Sound, 2003)
  • Ray Barretto, Homage to Art Blakey (Sunnyside, 2003)
  • The Sound of New York Jazz Underground (Fresh Sound, December 2004)
  • Gilson Schachnik, Lampiao (Candid, 2004)
  • Chiara Civello, Last Quarter Moon (Verve, February 2005)
  • Mingus Big Band, I Am Three (June 2005)
  • Edsel Gomez, Cubist Music (Zoho, January 2006)
  • The Jason Lindner Big Band, Live at the Jazz Gallery (Ansic, May 2007)
  • Antonio Sanchez, Live in New York at the Jazz Standard (CAM Jazz, August 2010)
  • Adam Cruz, Milestone (Sunnyside, April 2011)
  • Henry Cole & The Afrobeat Collective, Roots Before Branches (March 2012)
  • Edmar Castañeda, Double Portion (March 2012)
  • David Gilmore, Numerology– Live at the Jazz Standard (September 2012)
  • Andy Montañez, Sueño (November 2012)
  • Alexis Cuadrado, A Lorca Landscape (Sunnyside, September 2013)
  • Jeff Ballard Trio, Time's Tales (Okeh, February 2014)
  • Bobby Avey, Authority Melts for Me (Whirlwind, May 2014)
  • Julien Labro, From This Point Forward (Azica, May 2014)
  • Kenny Werner, Coalition (Half Note, September 2014)

Album Reviews[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Saxophonist Miguel Zenon mines the Puerto Rican songbook". LA Times Blogs - Culture Monster. 2011-11-18. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Miguel Zenón". Fellows. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Miguel Zenón". MacArthur Fellows Program. MacArthur Foundation. 27 January 2008. 
  4. ^ http://www.noticel.com/noticia/165265/el-genio-del-jazz-que-salio-de-llorens-torres-galeria-y-video.html
  5. ^ https://vimeo.com/103838670
  6. ^ http://www.sfjazz.org/sfjazzcollective
  7. ^ http://jazztimes.com/articles/131440-concert-review-miguel-zen-n-at-the-sfjazz-center-may-22-25
  8. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/05/arts/jazz-review-inspired-by-the-complexities-of-back-country-troubadours.html
  9. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/04/arts/music/04zeno.html
  10. ^ http://www.jazzreach.org/mainstage-concerts-featuring-metta-quintet.html
  11. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/arts/music/the-saxophonist-miguel-zenon-at-montclair-state.html
  12. ^ http://www.prismquartet.com/?concerts=heritageevolution-2-prism-quartet-w-tim-ries-miguel-zenon-at-symphony-space
  13. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/04/arts/music/albums-by-neil-young-bette-midler-and-miguel-zenn.html
  14. ^ http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304854804579234584233061164
  15. ^ http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/11/saxophonist-miguel-zenon-mines-puerto-rican-songbook.html
  16. ^ http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/reich/ct-jazz-fest-finale-20140902-column.html
  17. ^ http://www.miguelzenon.com/articles/mz_jazztimes.pdf
  18. ^ http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2013/02/21/miguel-zenon-lets-his-rhythms-follow-changing-culture/0R8IDr7u80vYQprqv0pvyL/story.html
  19. ^ http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.wordpress.com/2008/04/28/miguel-zenon-turns-traditional-puerto-rican-sounds-into-innovative-jazz/
  20. ^ http://www.miguelzenon.com/articles/The%20Art%20of%20the%20Tux%20-%20Bloomberg%20Pursuits.pdf
  21. ^ http://www.miguelzenon.com/articles/MZ_Downbeat.pdf
  22. ^ http://www.miguelzenon.com/articles/Zenon_DownBeat_December_2014.pdf
  23. ^ http://www.downbeat.com/default.asp?sect=stories&subsect=story_detail&sid=1021
  24. ^ http://jazztimes.com/articles/76240-the-2012-expanded-critics-poll
  25. ^ http://allafrica.com/stories/200306110196.html
  26. ^ http://www.banffcentre.ca/faculty/faculty-member/3107/miguel-zenn/
  27. ^ http://photos.allaboutjazz.com/gallery_image.php?id=119740
  28. ^ https://www.toovia.com/place/amsterdam-netherlands/jazz-department-conservatorium-van-amsterdam
  29. ^ http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/saxophonist-miguel-zenon-perform-oct-18
  30. ^ https://brubeckinstitute.wordpress.com/category/news/
  31. ^ http://necmusic.edu/faculty/miguel-zenón
  32. ^ http://www.miguelzenon.com/caravana_cultural.php
  33. ^ "Miguel Zenón | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  34. ^ "SFJAZZ Collective | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 

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