Miguel Zenón

Somewhere between Latin and contemporary jazz, this Puerto Rican saxophonist is making a name for himself

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón started off as a classical musician — he didn’t get the jazz bug until he got to Berklee in 1994, but once he did, he got it in a big way. And music fans have been thrilled ever since.

Zenón, who carefully toes the line between Latin and contemporary jazz, has been very busy this year. In January he appeared on Hans Glawischnig’s Panorama. In April he released Awake, his third project for Marsalis Music (as in Branford, not Wynton). In September, Zenón won a MacArthur genius grant, and last month his collaborative CD, SF JAZZ Collective, Live 2008, was released. Somewhere in there, he also found time to start a Puerto Rican folk music project and appear on Guillermo Klein’s Filtros.

His stop in Houston, presented by the Da Camera Jazz series, is part of an extended tour that has taken him to Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland and the States. See? It’s been a really busy year. 8 p.m. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 550 Texas. For information, call 713-524-5050 or visit www.dacamera.com. $30 to $50.
Sat., Nov. 15, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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