Athenaeum Library concerts jazz series

Jazz at the Art Center


Miguel Zenón Quartet


Sunday, March 1, 2020

All concerts begin at 7:30 PM.


The Athenaeum and UC San Diego join to co-present this special concert at Bread & Salt in Logan Heights. Brilliant Puerto Rican-born alto saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenón has been featured in past Athenaeum performances with the SFJAZZ Collective, Jeff Ballard, David Sanchez, and Antonio Sanchez. He returns at the head of his own stellar quartet, featuring pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig, and drummer Henry Cole, playing the music from his latest album, Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera. Multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, Zenón is one of a select group of musicians who have balanced and blended the poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer, concentrating on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American folkloric music and jazz.


His latest release pays tribute to Ismael Rivera, the legendary Puerto Rican vocalist who revolutionized Latin American music in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The album re-imagines Rivera’s classics, capturing the spirit of his music while injecting it with the distinctive boldness of Zenón’s writing. The Village Voice wrote, “The big to-do about this saxophonist’s nod to Puerto Rican composers is the way his alto sounds, its effervescent lines carrying the kind of warmth that generates more emotional candor than I previously thought possible. Serving such romantic melodies, it also helps reveal another side of Zenón. His group is an apex of relentless interplay.” The Chicago Tribute commented, “The instrumental prowess of Zenón's playing, the vigor of his compositions and the sensitivity of his band to Puerto Rican song forms point to new possibilities in jazz.”


Seating is limited, so early reservations are suggested. 


Athenaeum Art Center

(Studio at Bread & Salt)

1955 Julian Avenue

San Diego, CA 92113

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Individual Tickets: $20 member / $25 nonmember / $15 student




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