Multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón is widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation. He has 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 12 recordings as a leader, including the Grammy nominated Yo Soy La Tradición (2018) and Típico (2017), as well as his latest Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera (2019). As a sideman he has worked with jazz luminaries such as The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, David Sánchez, Danilo Perez, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, Guillermo Klein & Los Guachos, The Jeff Ballard Trio, Antonio Sanchez and many more. Zenón has topped both the Jazz Artist of the Year and Alto Saxophonist categories on the 2014 JazzTimes Critics Poll and was selected as the Alto Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association in 2015, 2018 and 2019.
As a composer he has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, NYO Jazz, The New York State Council for the Arts, Chamber Music America, Logan Center for The Arts, The Hyde Park Jazz Festival, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, MIT, Jazz Reach, Peak Performances, PRISM Quartet 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-of-charge Jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico.
Unique to this year, we have introduced a new way of seating at Cafe Stritch events. Please use the chart below to assist you in determining where you would like to sit. The numbered circular tables are the “Reserved Tables” and seat a maximum of three people per table. The “General Admission (GA)” seating is not reserved, and seats are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis the day-of the concert.