Miguel Zenón's Rhythm Collective

Miguel Zenón's Rhythm Collective

Miguel Zenón

Rhythm Collective

Thursday, May 30, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Resident Artistic Director Miguel Zenón

Miguel Zenón and the Rhythm Collective

Initially assembled for a 2003 tour of West Africa, Miguel Zenón Rhythm Collective features a brilliant cast of Puerto Rican musicians playing original pieces and Zenón’s arrangements of songs from the Caribbean lexicon. “The music is all about creating this rhythmic energy that surrounds us Puerto Ricans,” says Zenón, who is releasing the group’s first album Oye!!! Live in Puerto Rico.

About Miguel Zenón Residency

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
Aldemar Valentín bass
Tony Escapa drums
Reynaldo de Jesus percussion

Artist Website


"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