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Miguel Zenon

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Miguel Zenón studied saxophone at the famed Escuela Libre de Musica; an institution that boasts distinguished alumnus throughout the musical world. Although Zenón listened to and explored the music of Charlie Parker and other jazz greats while in high school, it wasn't until he began his studies at the Berklee School of Music, where he received a scholarship from the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival, that his formal jazz training began. Zenón excelled at Berklee and received the Berklee Best Scholarship Award, the Frederic Cameron Weber Award and a grant from the Corporation of Musical Arts while in attendance

El Arte Del Bolero

Label: Miel Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Cómo fue; Alma adentro; Ese hastío; La vida es un sueño; Que te pedi.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Miguel Zenon, Luis Perdomo: El Arte Del Bolero

Read "El Arte Del Bolero" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo l'avvincente Sonero dedicato al songbook di Ismael Rivera--il grande cantante portoricano noto come El Sonero Mayor e amato in tutta l'America latina--il sassofonista Miguel Zenon sceglie una dimensione più intima, continuando però a scavare nelle memorie dell'infanzia. Il progetto è infatti dedicato a celebri bolero della tradizione, resi famosi da Benny Moré,Ray Barretto, Arsenio Rodriguez, ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

Dice of Tenors

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Along Came Betty; Remember; Rafaela; Three O'Clock In The Morning; Giant Steps; Recorda-Me; Agueiro; St. Thomas.

Faune

Label: French Paradox
Released: 2020
Track listing: Lonely Woman; Midtown Blues; Lullaby; Messiaen: Le Baiser de L'enfant Jesus; Intro to ESP; ESP; Outro to ESP; Ravel "Forlane"; Fauna; Capricho de Raphael; Monkey Puzzle Tree; Final: Drum Soli

ARTICLE: RADIO

Today’s Latin Big Bands: Dafnis Prieto, Arturo O’Farrill, Miguel Zenon, David Murray, Antonio Adolpho and Bobby Sanabria

Read "Today’s Latin Big Bands: Dafnis Prieto, Arturo O’Farrill, Miguel Zenon, David Murray, Antonio Adolpho and Bobby Sanabria" reviewed by Russell Perry

Cuban influences have been heard in jazz since the 1940s. The 1960s brought significant Brazilian sounds into the music. Today, musicians from throughout Latin America are shaping the music, never more vibrantly than in large Latin ensembles. Latin Big Bands lead by Dafnis Prieto, Arturo O'Farrill, Miguel Zenon, David Murray, Arturo O'Farrill and Bobby Sanabria in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Raphaël Pannier Quartet: Faune

Read "Faune" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The debut from drummer Raphaël Pannier has no difficulty laying out references to modern modes of impressionism and the nature of wildlife implied in its title. Its opener --a ten-minute take on Ornette Coleman's “Lonely Woman" that offers slinky melody, sophisticated coloring, intense upheaval, a bass soliloquy and a return to the shadowy theme--is but the ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Jazz Education Nonprofit Partners With World-Renowned Jazz Musicians

Jazz Education Nonprofit Partners With World-Renowned Jazz Musicians

Jazz Empowers, a national nonprofit bringing jazz programs to students in underserved schools, announced the founding of their advisory board. The advisory board is comprised of some of the top jazz musicians in the world and will provide expert advice to Jazz Empowers staff as they continue to develop best practices in teaching students jazz. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

César Cardoso: Dice of Tenors

Read "Dice of Tenors" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Cresciuto nella sempre più vivace scena jazzistica portoghese, César Cardoso giunge al quarto disco da leader in dieci anni, il primo in cui guida un organico internazionale con gli statunitensi Miguel Zenon al sax contralto (già ospite nel precedente Interchange di quattro anni fa), il trombettista Jason Palmer, il vibrafonista Jeffery Davis, il trombonista italiano Massimo ...


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