Miguel Zenon

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Miguel Zenón studied saxophone at the famed Escuela Libre de Musica; an institution that boasts distinguished alumnus throughout the musical world. Although Zenón listened to and explored the music of Charlie Parker and other jazz greats while in high school, it wasn't until he began his studies at the Berklee School of Music, where he received a scholarship from the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival, that his formal jazz training began.

Zenón excelled at Berklee and received the Berklee Best Scholarship Award, the Frederic Cameron Weber Award and a grant from the Corporation of Musical Arts while in attendance. It was also during this time that he became active in the Boston area jazz scene and gained professional experience with the drummer Bob Moses' Mozamba and the Either/Orchestra.

Upon his graduation in 1998, Zenón received a scholarship to attend the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he received his Masters in Saxophone Performance in 2001. The distinguished list of musicians/educators he has studied with include: Angel Marrero, Leslie Lopez, Rafael Martinez, Danilo Perez, Dick Oatts, Dave Liebman, George Garzone and Bill Pierce.

In his very short, but rather illustrious career, the 29 year old Zenón has performed and/or recorded with a quite a diverse array of artists and groups including David Sanchez, Danilo Perez, William Cepeda's Afrorican Jazz, Bob Moses' Mozamba, The Either/Orchestra, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, The Guillermo Klein Big Band, The Mingus Big Band, Charlie Haden, The David Murray Big Band, The Jason Lindner Big Band, Brian Lynch,Bobby Hutcherson, Greg Tardy, Branford Marsalis, Ray Barretto, Steve Coleman, Michele Rosewoman, and Ed Simon, among others.

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February 21, 2012

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December 07, 2011

Vijay Iyer Trio and the Miguel Zenon Quartet Concert at Berklee...

October 08, 2011

Saxophonist Miguel Zenon Interviewed at All About Jazz!

May 16, 2011

Weekend Extra: Miguel Zenon in Spain

May 05, 2010

Saxophonist/Composer Miguel Zenon and "Esta Plena" Live at the Jazz...

September 23, 2009

Miguel Zenon Quintet; Byron Vannoy’S Meridian at the Earshot Jazz...

September 23, 2009

Garfield High School Jazz Band with Special Guest Miguel Zenon at the...

September 14, 2009

Miguel Zenon Esta Plena Quintet @ The Jazz Showcase

April 29, 2009

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December 04, 2008

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November 02, 2008

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October 22, 2008

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September 26, 2008

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July 05, 2008

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