Miguel Zenón & Alma Adentro Ensemble

Miguel Zenón & Alma Adentro Ensemble

Miguel Zenón

Alma Adentro Ensemble

Friday, May 31, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Resident Artistic Director Miguel Zenón

Performance includes a Pre-Concert Talk that begins one hour before show time.

Miguel Zenón presents Alma Adentro Ensemble

Assembled to interpret Latin American standards written by Puerto Rican songwriters, his orchestral project Alma Adentro makes its West Coast debut featuring a 10-piece woodwind ensemble and Zenón’s sensational quartet. With Zenón’s arrangements and Guillermo Klein’s orchestrations, the project debuted on the altoist’s critically hailed 2011 Marsalis Music album Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook.

About Miguel Zenón

As a founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective in 2004, Miguel Zenón was a conspicuously talented, largely unknown 27-year-old saxophonist getting set to release his second album. Almost a decade later, Zenón is the most celebrated altoist of his generation, a multi Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow who has extended jazz’s conceptual reach with a series of albums exploring the music of Puerto Rico, where he was born. Deepening his relationship with SFJAZZ as a Resident Artistic Director, Zenón presents a series of projects that showcase his ever-expanding vision as a composer inspired by West Africa and an ingenious interpreter of the folkloric and popular music of Puerto Rico.

Artist Personnel

Miguel Zenón alto saxophone
Luis Perdomo piano
Hans Glawischnig bass
Henry Cole drums
TBA woodwinds

Artist Website

Genres

"This young musician and composer is at once reestablishing the artistic, cultural, and social tradition of jazz while creating an entirely new jazz language for the 21st century. " — MacArthur Foundation
"The instrumental prowess of Zenon's playing, the vigor of his compositions and the sensitivity of his band to Puerto Rican song forms point to new possibilities in jazz " — Chicago Tribune