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Miguel Zenon


Miguel Zenon, alto saxophonist, was born in 1976 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mr. Zenon studied saxophone at the Escuela Libre de Musica in Ha To Rey, Puerto Rico; an institution that boasts distinguished alumni including tenor saxophonist David Sanchez, percussionist Richie Flores and bassist John Benitez. He received a scholarship from the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival and continued his education at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He also joined the Boston area jazz scene where he gained professional experience with drummer Bob Moses' Mozamba and the Either/Orchestra. After his 1998 graduation he went on to attend New York's Manhattan School of Music where he received his masters in saxophone performance in 2001. In his very short, but rather illustrious career, Mr. Zenon has performed and recorded with an array of artists and groups including the David Sanchez Sextet, Danilo Perez, William Cepeda's Afrorican Jazz, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, The Guillermo Klein Big Band, The David Murray Big Band, The Jason Linder Big Band, Brian Lynch, and Greg Tardy. For his first CD as a leader, Looking Forward (2002), Mr. Zenon (leading his associates Luis Perdomo, Antonio Sanchez, Hans Glawischnig, Pernell Saturnino and guests David Sanchez, William Cepeda, Diego Urcola and Ben Monder) incorporates a fusion of jazz, Latin, classical and folkloric influences. His second CD, Ceremonial (produced by Branford Marsalis on Rounder Records, 2004) includes Mr. Zenon's regular quartet members, pianist Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Sanchéz.

April 2004
Miguel Zenon