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Miguel Zenón
Željko Jelenski

Miguel Zenón

saxophone

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 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. Zenón has led his own quartet at Miller Theatre in 2014 and 2016, and has appeared as a sideman with jazz luminaries Charlie Haden, Bobby Hutcherson, Danilo Perez, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, and Steve Coleman. 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, Peak Performances, PRISM Quartet, and many of his peers. Zenón has given hundreds of lectures and master classes at institutions all over the world, and founded Caravana Cultural, a program that presents free-of-charge jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico.