Miller Theatre Presents the MIGUEL ZENÓN QUARTET Tonight
Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts completes the 2013-14 Jazz series with the Miguel Zenón Quartet featuing, Miguel Zenón on alto saxophone, Henry Cole on drums, Hans Glawisching on bass, and Luis Perdomo on piano. The show is tonight, March 1, 2014 at 8:00 p.m at Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street). Tickets are $20-$30 • Students with valid ID: $12-$18.
About the Miguel Zenón Quartet
Multiple Grammy nominee and MacArthur "genius" Miguel Zenón is widely considered to be among the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation. Eclectic in his layering of textures and inventive in his composition of melodies, Zenón creates music that makes you want to keep listening. A Guggenheim Fellow and founding member of the SFJazz Collective, Zenón is known for his unique and nuanced blend of jazz and Latin influences, including those of his native Puerto Rico.
About Miguel Zenón
Multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has released seven recordings as a leader, including Rayuela (2012) and the Grammy-nominated Alma Adentro (2011). As a sideman he has worked with jazz luminaries such as The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, David Sánchez, The Mingus Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, and Steve Coleman.
Zenón has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, as well as gracing the cover of DownBeat Magazine. He has also toped the Rising Star Alto Sax category of the DownBeat Critic's Poll on four different occasions. As a composer he has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, The New York State Council for the Arts, Chamber Music America, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and many of his peers. Zenón has given hundreds of lectures and master classes at institutions all over the world, and is a permanent faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music. In 2011 he founded Caravana Cultural, a program which presents free Jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico.
In April 2008 Zenón received a fellowship from the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Later that year he was one of 25 distinguished individuals chosen to receive the coveted MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the "Genius Grant".