Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street)
Tickets: $20-$35 • Students with valid ID: $7-$21
Miguel Zenón, saxophone
Luis Perdomo, piano
Hans Glawischnig, bass
Henry Cole, drums
“one of the most esteemed and singular-voiced alto saxophonists in jazz” – DownBeat Magazine
“His compositions are always clear and organized, and when they’re making references to folklore, they keep the feeling of dance in them.” – The New York Times2015
“It’s hard to believe that we’re already closing this season’s Jazz series, but I couldn’t ask for a better musician than Miguel Zenón to do the honors. Miguel is a smart bandleader and gifted saxophonist whose soul shines through his compositions.” Miller Theatre Executive Director Melissa Smey
Four dynamic bandleaders make this season at Miller an exhilarating world tour of jazz. Drawing inspiration from Rio and Puerto Rico, Southern India and Harlem, these artists breathe new life into a uniquely American art form. Together, they show us the endless possibilities and infectious energy of jazz.
Pairing his love for the folk music of his native Puerto Rico with a strong, innovative style, saxophonist Miguel Zenón was awarded a MacArthur “genius” grant for “at once reestablishing the artistic, cultural, and social tradition of jazz while creating an entirely new jazz language for the 21st century.” Zenón is an artist who thinks and listens. The voice of his sax—soaring over the band’s rhythmic pulses—tells a musical story that resonates with all jazz-lovers.
Multiple Grammy nominee, Guggenheim Fellow, and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has released nine recordings as a leader, including Identities are Changeable (2014), Rayuela (2012), and the Grammy-nominated Alma Adentro (2011). As a sideman, he has worked with jazz luminaries such as The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, David Sánchez, The Mingus Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, and Steve Coleman.
Zenón has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, as well as gracing the cover of DownBeat Magazine in both 2010 and 2014. He has also topped the Rising Star Alto Sax category of the Downbeat Critic’s Poll on four different occasions. As a composer, he has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, The New York State Council for the Arts, Chamber Music America, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and many of his peers. Zenón has given hundreds of lectures and master classes at institutions all over the world and is a permanent faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music. In 2011, he founded Caravana Cultural, a program which presents free Jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico.
In April 2008, Zenón received a fellowship from the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Later that year he was one of 25 distinguished individuals chosen to receive the coveted MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “Genius Grant”.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1971, Luis Perdomo was drawn to jazz and the piano at an early age, and he was making regular professional appearances on Venezuelan TV and radio by the time he was twelve. A full scholarship to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music catalyzed his move to New York City to pursue a career in jazz. At MSM, he began his formal study in both classical and jazz piano with Martha Pestalozzi and Harold Danko, respectively. After receiving his B.A. in Jazz Performance in 1997, Perdomo pursued his Masters at Queens College with the legendary Sir Roland Hanna.
Perdomo has recorded and performed with artists including Ravi Coltrane, John Patitucci, Ray Barretto, Brian Lynch, Miguel Zenón, Dave Samuels, and the Caribbean Jazz Project, Butch Morris, Ben Wolfe, Jane Bunnett, Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, Alice Coltrane, and Yosvany Terry. As a longstanding member of groups led by Miguel Zenón and Ravi Coltrane, Perdomo has made his mark as a performer, composer, and arranger. As a leader, Perdomo has released seven praised recordings including 22 (2015), Links (2013), and Universal Mind (2012).
Hans Glawischnig was born in Graz, Austria in 1970 and developed an early interest in music from his father, a respected pianist, big band leader, and educator. Glawischnig began playing the electric bass in 1983 and the double bass in 1986, which was to become his main musical voice. He studied at the Jazz Department of the Academy of Music in Graz with renowned American bassist Wayne Darling, and later relocated to the United States to accept a scholarship at Berklee School of Music. In 1992, Glawischnig moved to New York to join the M.A. program at Manhattan School of Music on scholarship.
In 1998, Glawischnig was invited to join David Sanchez’ Melaza Sextet. The group toured the globe and recorded two albums for Columbia – Melaza and Travesia – which brought the group great critical acclaim and two Grammy Award nominations. In 2001, Glawischnig recorded a number of his compositions, released as Common Ground. With Miguel Zenón, he recorded Ceremonial, Jibaro, Awake, and the Grammy-nominated Esta Plena. In 2008, Glawischnig recorded Panorama, his latest as a leader. To date, Glawischnig has participated in over 50 recordings and continues to perform throughout the world, as well as giving master classes and teaching privately.
Drummer Henry Cole has performed with some of the world’s most acclaimed jazz groups, including the Grammy-nominated Miguel Zenón Quartet, Grammy winner David Sánchez, the Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, and 90 Miles featuring Sánchez, Stefon Harris, and Nicholas Payton. Born in 1979 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, Cole relocated to San Juan in 1999 to study classical percussion at the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico. He began his jazz immersion at Berklee College of Music in 1998 but soon returned to San Juan, becoming one of the most influential jazz drummers on the island.
In 2003, Cole received a scholarship to attend the Manhattan School of Music and study with the great John Riley. Since graduating, Cole has performed with the likes of Chris Potter, Adam Rogers, Drew Gress, the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Big Band, Ray Barretto, Orlando “Puntilla” Rios, Papo Vazquez, Perico Sambeat, Paquito D’Rivera, David “Fathead” Newman, Kenny Werner, Mark Turner, Alfredo Rodriguez, Viento de Agua and more. He released his debut album Roots Before Branches in 2012.