Learn to Work the Sax
Come hear the Miguel Zenón Quartet live in concert on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30pm at Outpost Performance Space in beautiful Albuquerque, N.M. Zenón is a master of the bright and curly brass wind instrument invented by Adolphe Sax around 1840. Zenón's work has been nominated for a Grammy, he held a prestigious artistic MacArthur fellowship and is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music. Appearing with bandmates Luis Perdomo on piano, Matt Penman playing bass and drummer Henry Cole, Zenón's quartet plays a lively form of jazz inflected with Latinx folk music and rhythmics. Tickets for this all-ages recital range in price from $25 to $30. (August March)
Thursday Nov 14, 2019
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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The Grammy Award nominated, Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow and saxophonist brings his unique voice as a composer and conceptualist, perfecting a mix of Latin American Folkloric music and jazz.
A multiple Grammy Award nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, saxophonist Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended innovation and tradition. He has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a mix of Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has released twelve recordings as a leader, including his 2018 Grammy nominated, Yo Soy La Tradición. One of the founding members of the SFJAZZ Collective, he has worked with jazz luminaries including Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, David Sánchez, Danilo Perez, Antonio Sanchez, and Steve Coleman. Named as Jazz Artist and Alto Saxophonist of the Year in the 2014 Jazz Times Critics Poll, he was also elected as the Alto Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association in 2015, 2018 and 2019. As a composer, Zenón has been awarded numerous commissions and he is also both a passionate educator and “cultural ambassador.” Tonight’s concert features music from his latest project and release, Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera. Zenón describes Ismael (“Maelo”) Rivera (1931-1987) as follows: “He wasn’t just one of the guys. For me, he was beyond that... He exemplified the highest level of artistry. He was like Bird, Mozart, Einstein, Ali – he was that guy.” In addition to Zenón the quartet features Luis Perdomo, piano; Matt Penman, bass; and Henry Cole, drums.