Celebrated Puerto Rican saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenón will release the single Milagrosa, introducing Zenón and the Chicago-based innovative Spektral Quartet on August 10, 2018.
The single is extracted from the upcoming album Yo Soy la Tradición, an ambitious concert-length work that draws upon the rich folk music traditions of Puerto Rico and expressed through the modernist lens of Zenón’s compositions.
The inspiration for “Milagrosa” comes from the religious practice of La Promesa, making a promise to La Virgen de La Milagrosa (Our Lady of Grace).
Commissioned by the David and Reva Logan Center for the Arts and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Yo Soy la Tradición is a collection of eight works for alto saxophone and string quartet that showcase Zenón and the Spektral Quartet.
Next Zenón and Spektral Quartet Performances
Friday, September 21 -Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. Benefit concert for hurricane relief.
Saturday, September 22 – Ripon College, Ripon, WI
Wednesday, November 14 – UMASS Amherst, Amherst, MA
Thursday, November 15 – Villa Victoria Cultural Center, Boston, MA
Friday, November 16 – Kennedy Center Jazz Club, Washington, DC
Renowned saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenón is set to perform with the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, featuring Fred Harris, music director, and clarinetist/composer Evan Ziporyn in benefit concerts celebrating the resiliency of Puerto Rican people.
The concerts will take place Friday, March 2, 2018 at MIT in Cambridge, MA; and Saturday, March 3 at Hunter College in New York City.
The Recording Academy announced last night the recordings nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album. This category includes vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material. The category recognizes recordings that represent the blending of jazz with Latin, Iberian-American, Brazilian, and Argentine tango music.
Best Latin Jazz Album Nominees
Hybrido – From Rio To Wayne Shorter by Antonio Adolfo Oddara by Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Outra Coisa – The Music of Moacir Santos by Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves Típico by Miguel Zenón Jazz Tango by Pablo Ziegler Trio
The Recording Academy will present the GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, live from Madison Square Garden in New York City and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 7:30 – 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
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