Date(s) - 05/31/2013
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center
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“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
“The instrumental prowess of Zenon’s playing, the vigor of his compositions and the sensitivity of his band to Puerto Rican song forms point to new possibilities in jazz ” — Chicago Tribune
Assembled to interpret Latin American standards written by Puerto Rican songwriters, his orchestral project Alma Adentro makes its West Coast debut featuring a 10-piece woodwind ensemble and Zenón’s sensational quartet. With Zenón’s arrangements and Guillermo Klein’s orchestrations, the project debuted on the altoist’s critically hailed 2011 Marsalis Music album Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook.
About Miguel Zenón
As a founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective in 2004, Miguel Zenón was a conspicuously talented, largely unknown 27-year-old saxophonist getting set to release his second album. Almost a decade later, Zenón is the most celebrated altoist of his generation, a multi Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow who has extended jazz’s conceptual reach with a series of albums exploring the music of Puerto Rico, where he was born. Deepening his relationship with SFJAZZ as a Resident Artistic Director, Zenón presents a series of projects that showcase his ever-expanding vision as a composer inspired by West Africa and an ingenious interpreter of the folkloric and popular music of Puerto Rico.
Performance includes a Pre-Concert Talk that begins one hour before show time.
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