Date(s) - 05/22/2014
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center
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“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
“Pérez weaves an astonishing, evocative web out of the many distinctive and colorful threads that make up Latin music.” — New York Daily News
- Miguel Zenón — alto saxophone
- Danilo Pérez — piano
Miguel Zenón’s first night of residency pairs the saxophonist with his long-time friend and mentor, pianist Danilo Pérez. The pair met in Boston while studying at the Berklee College of Music, and Zenón credits Pérez with helping him gain a foothold as a jazz musician in the U.S. A protégé of trumpeter and bebop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie, Pérez has established himself as one of the finest pianists and composers in jazz today, recording and performing with Wynton Marsalis, Roy Haynes, Paquito D’Rivera, Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano, and Michael Brecker. He has led his own bands since the early 1990s, and is a three-time Grammy nominee, leading 10 sessions including the widely acclaimed Thelonious Monk tribute PanaMonk and the latest release with his trio, Providencia. Since 2000, Pérez has been a member of jazz giant Wayne Shorter’s celebrated quartet, touring the world and appearing on four of the master’s albums including his 2013 Blue Note release, Without a Net, which won the DownBeat magazine Critics Poll for Jazz Album of the Year. For this very special duo performance, Pérez and Zenón will create a sublime alchemy, each a world-class improviser combining influences from their Latin American heritage with the jazz tradition.
A founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective, Miguel 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 his native Puerto Rico. 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.
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