Miguel Zenón’s Rhythm Collective; Thursday, September 26, 2013


Miguel Zenón’s Rhythm Collective
Thursday, September 26
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…profoundly expressive…” – Chicago Tribune

Bridging the musical worlds between his native Puerto Rico and the New York jazz scene has become the quest of alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón. The Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow now presents Rhythm Collective, a brilliant cast of Puerto Rican musicians playing original pieces and Zenón’s arrangements of songs from the Caribbean lexicon. A member of the SFJAZZ Collective (and current Resident Artistic Director), Zenón newest album, Oye!!! Live In Puerto Rico, is inspired by West African influences and an ingenious interpretation of the folkloric and popular music of Puerto Rico.

Born and raised in San Juan, Zenón studied classical saxophone at Puerto Rico’s Escuela Libre De Musica, before coming stateside and receiving degrees from Berklee College of Music and Manhattan School of Music.  His formal studies have been supplemented by performing alongside many innovative musicians, including Charlie Haden, Bobby Hutcherson and Steve Coleman.  He is also a founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective; a group whose past and current members include, Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman, Brian Blade and Nicholas Payton.

His debut album as a leader, 2002’s Looking Forward, served as an primer to a career filled with eclectic musical interests.  His albums have been described by All About Jazz as a “head-on crash of Latin, jazz and classical traditions.”  Zenón has presented much of his music as influenced by the sounds he grew up with in the Caribbean.  His recordings present the gamut, from jibaro (Puerto Rican folk music) to traditional plena sounds, and have also highlighted numerous Puerto Rican composers.  Zenón’s 2011 album, Alma Adentro, pays homage to Bobby Capo, Tite Curet Alonso, Pedro Flores, Rafael Hernandez and Sylvia Rexach; composers who Zenón considers to be “the George Gershwins, Cole Porters and Jerome Kerns of Puerto Rican song.”

Zenón’s latest release, Oye!!! Live in Puerto Rico, continues this tradition, and also serves as the recorded debut of Rhythm Collective, an ensemble first put together in 2003 for a tour of West Africa.  The group features Aldemar Valentin on bass, Tony Escapa on drums and Reinaldo de Jesus on percussion.  On the live album, fed by the energy of the full-capacity crowd, the group delivers a high intensity performance including Zenón originals and covers of Tito Puente’s “Oye Como Va” and Silvio Rodriguez’s “El Necio.”  Expect them to bring this same level of energy and Caribbean vibrancy to the Kuumbwa stage.

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Miguel Zenón’s Rhythm Collective

DATE: Thursday, September 26, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door; No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

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Mariah Wilkins

(212) 426-3282

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