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Cooper-Moore vigorously exercises his right to free expression, whether he's storytelling, pushing the jazz envelope at the piano, or expanding the realm of the folkloric by inventing, building and playing his own musical instruments. He and Albuquerque's own Jeremy Barnesone-half of A Hawk & A Hacksawfirst met a few years ago in Chicago, and ever since, they've been plotting to explore their musical universes together. They'll do it tonight at 7:30 p.m. at UNM's ARTS Lab with Cooper-Moore on piano and his own original instruments and Barnes on drums and other instruments"It's going to be accordion-free," Barnes says. The show reprises outside of Albuquerque on Saturday at the Santa Fe Complex (8 p.m.) and Sunday at the El Rito Library (3 p.m.). Donations will be accepted for the Albuquerque show. Call 730-3814. (Mel Minter)

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Miguel Zenón
Miguel Zenón

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón Finds a New Balance between the Ordered and the Unexpected

Acclaimed quartet takes new roads to great jazz

The young alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón brings the mathematical rigor and certainty of an engineer, which he nearly was, to his jazz compositions and performances, which are also informed with searing emotional intensity, technical mastery, and a Caribbean spice that recalls his native Puerto Rico. The winner of numerous accoladesincluding both a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a MacArthur Grant in 2008Zenón has been in great demand, playing with a jazz Who’s Who (David Sanchez, Danilo Perez, Charlie Haden, Steve Coleman, and Branford Marsalis, among others), composing and performing as a founding member of the SF Jazz Collective, and leading his own accomplished quartet.

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