Week long engagement at the Village Vanguard, NYC
Join internationally acclaimed saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenón in concert at the The Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South, New York City. Joining Zenón are his long-time bandmates Luis Perdomo, Hans Glawischnig and Henry Cole. Sets at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Zenón has earned wide critical acclaim including a 2018 Grammy nomination as Best Latin Jazz Album for his 2017 recording Típico (Miel Music). The album is a celebration of his longstanding quartet featuring pianist Luis Perdomo and bassist Hans Glawischnig who have been with Zenón since the turn of the millennium, and drummer Henry Cole who joined the band in 2005.
A multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, Zenón is one of a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, Zenón 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 recorded and toured with a wide variety of musicians including Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, Bobby Hutcherson and Steve Coleman and is a founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective. He is on the faculty of New England Conservatory.
Zenón’s past several releases have generally fleshed out his quartet with additional instrumentalists as Zenón has looked outward to explore various aspects of his Puerto Rican heritage. Típico is more intimate. Its focus stays closer to home, with nods to Zenón’s own personal and professional life as it zeroes in on what makes his band unique.
“I was thinking about what this band and the guys in the band mean to me as I was writing the music,” he explains. “I kept going back to this idea of us developing this common language that identifies us as a band.”
Their language is thoroughly fluent modern jazz, with all the instrumental prowess and rhythmic and harmonic complexity that that implies. But the dialect they’ve created together through the years is distinctive.
“‘Típico’ refers to something that’s customary to a region or a group of people,” Zenón says. “Or something that can be related to a specific group of people. And when I was writing the music, I was thinking about music that identified us and this band.”
Each of the album’s final three tracks, Zenón notes, was composed around a solo or signature rhythmic line that one of the band members had played before. “My approach was more systematic on those three compositions specifically. But the whole record essentially is about representing the sound of the band. The sound of our band.”