Miguel Zenón possesses rare talent, both for the level of his alto saxophone virtuosity and the ability to make complex compositions immediate and accessible. But he8217;s but one of many who moved to New York City to pursue jazz. And he8217;s one of over one million New-York-area residents of Puerto Rican origin.
Recently, he interviewed a number of fellow transplanted Puerto Ricans, especially musicians, about their ethnic and national identities. That audio formed the frameworks for a new suite of compositions for quartet and large ensemble, collected on his new album Identities Are Changeable. In advance of the album release in the Fall of 2014, he presents that music with the 8216;Identities8217; Big Band at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Miguel Zenón, Henry Cole, Luis Perdomo, Hans Glawischnig, Chris Cheek, Samir Zarif, Will Vinson, Michael Thomas, John Ellis, Tim Albright, Ryan Keberle, Alan Ferber, Alexander Norris, Mat Jodrell, Michael Rodriguez, Jonathan Powell
Producers: Patrick Jarenwattananon, Nick Michael, Suraya Mohamed / Editor: Nick Michael / Concert Video: Keith Quick / Event Producers: Colin Marshall / Audio Engineers: Steve Remote, Aura:Sonic, Ltd., Suraya Mohamed / Additional Video: David Dempewolf, Colin Marshall, Nick Michael, A.J. Wilhelm / Additional Audio: Kevin Wait / Special Thanks: Newport Jazz Festival, Katie Simon / Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann