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 one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists and composers of his generation, he has developed a unique voice as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix of jazz and his many musical influences.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Miguel Zenón has built a distinguished career as a leader, releasing 14 albums under his name. He has crafted his artistic identity by dividing his time equally between working with older jazz masters and the music’s younger innovators. He has toured and/or recorded with The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, Kurt Elling, Guillermo Klein & Los Guachos, The Jeff Ballard Trio, David Gilmore, and The Mingus Big Band, among many others. As a composer, he has been commissioned by many of his peers and by such organizations as Chamber Music America, NYO JAZZ, Logan Center for The Arts, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, MIT, and PRISM Quartet. He was chosen in 2003 by the Kennedy Center to teach and perform in West Africa as part of their Jazz Ambassador program. Since then, he has given hundreds of lectures and master classes and has taught all over the world at such institutions as the Banff Centre, Berklee College of Music, Siena Jazz, Universidad Veracruzana, Conservatorium Van Amsterdam, Musik Akademie Basel, Conservatoire de Paris, University of Manitoba, Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, San Francisco Conservatory, Princeton University, the Kimmel Center, and the Brubeck Institute. He is a faculty member at the New England Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music and serves as artist-in-residence for the Zucherman Institute at Columbia University. In 2011, he founded Caravana Cultural, a program that presents free jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico.
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