Monday, November 14, 2011

Award Winning Saxophonist Miguel Zenón and Quartet

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Award Winning Saxophonist Miguel Zenón and Quartet

PDX Jazz @ The Mission Theater

November 16 @ 8pm

Miguel Zenon

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"Zenón's quartet is, simply, one of the best bands in jazz today.

You may feel compelled to dance." - Doug Ramsey, Arts Journal

PDX Jazz, the presenting organization of the Portland Jazz Festival in partnership with The Mission Theater, along with The Crystal Hotel and our media sponsor KMHD Radio, is set to continue the PDX Jazz @ The Mission Theater series with Miguel Zenón on Wednesday, November 16th at 8pm. The Puerto Rican native will be performing with his New York-based quartet and will conclude this fall's "World Jazz Wednesdays." In addition, Zenón will appear earlier the same day at 3pm, live on KMHD Radio (89.1fm). The next performance in the PDX Jazz @ The Mission Theater series, and the last PDX Jazz event for the year, is pianist George Colligan who will perform on Tuesday, December 13. The series will proceed in the new year with vocalist Cyrille Aimee on Thursday, January 19.

Zenón's long-standing working quartet is made up of pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig, and drummer Henry Cole. The celebrated saxophonist is no stranger to Portland, he has performed here twice before as a member of the SFJAZZ Collective and as a leader during the 2008 Portland Jazz Festival.

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón's esteemed studies of the classical saxophone at San Juan's Escuela Libre de Musica earned him a scholarship to the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree at Berklee, Zenón accepted a scholarship to the Master's program at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2001, shortly after graduating, Zenón formed his own group and has since released six acclaimed albums as a leader, including his 2009 release, Esta Plena, which was nominated for a Grammy® as Best Latin Jazz Album

His latest album, Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music) features the renowned sound of his Latin-inflicted jazz. "This project grew out of my interest in exploring the history and development of The Puerto Rican song," says Zenón. "I started focusing on the similar characteristics between The Puerto Rican Songbook and The Great American Songbook, not only musically, but also in terms of cultural impact. From there on, the project started to take shape."

In addition to his solo work, Zenón is a founder of the SFJAZZ Collective, a groundbreaking group featuring jazz heavyweights such as Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman, Brian Blade, Nicholas Payton, Dave Douglas, and Eric Harland. He has also toured and/or recorded with Charlie Haden, David Sanchez, The Village Vanguard Association, Guillermo Klein y los Gauchos, The Mingus Big Band, and Steve Coleman. Amongst his many awards, Zenón is a Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow.

Miguel Zenon Quartet - Olas Y Arenas

Miguel Zenon Quartet - Olas Y Arenas

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón and Quartet @ The Mission Theater

November 16 starting at 8pm

Miguel Zenón - saxophone

Luis Perdomo - piano

Hans Glawischnig - bass

Henry Cole - drums

Upcoming PDX Jazz @ Mission Theater Performances:

Final Performance of 2011: 

Tuesday, December 13 · George Colligan · 8pm
** The New York native, pianist/composer recently joined the music faculty at PSU and
will premiere a program of original works along with performing the music by the iconic pianist, former PSU professor and Blue Note Records recording artist, Andrew Hill **

First Performance of 2012:
Thursday, January 19 · Cyrille Aimée · 8pm

**The New York-based French vocalist won the 2007 Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition and was a finalist in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition.

This performance marks Aimée's Portland debut.**

Tickets for shows ticketed by Cascade Tickets may be purchased at the

Crystal box office or other McMenamins outlet

(Bagdad Theater, Edgefield, East 19th St. Café in Eugene)

At these locations the convenience charge is only $1.

Or you can order by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX,

or by clicking the "Buy Tickets" link located at the event

listing on the McMenamins schedules.

Tickets are $15 advance/day of show.

**reserved seating is available for PDX Jazz members

The Mission Theater is located at

1624 N.W. Glisan, Portland, OR

(503) 223-4527

Located within walking distance of the Mission Theater,

McMenamins Crystal Hotel & Ballroom is ideal for concert-goers

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