Revolutionary saxophonist Miguel Zénon comes to the Hammer Theater in San Jose, April 28
Black Cab Jazz series presented by Hammer Theater Center and San Jose State Universityconcludes with Multi-Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist/composer Miguel Zeno.
For this special series organized by San Jose JazzZénon will perform live on stage 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 28 at the intimate Hammer4 at the Hammer Theatre, which offers 4-table cabaret seating and a rare chance to see today’s hottest performers up close) A Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, Zénon is considered one of the most innovative and influential saxophonists and composers of his generation.
Known for his unique blend of innovation and tradition, Zénon has developed a singular voice, focusing his efforts on perfecting a clever blend between Latin music and jazz. In 2014, Zénon won the Jazz Artist of the Year and Alto Saxophonist of the Year categories at the JazzTimes Poll of critics. He was also selected as Alto Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association in 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020 (when he was also recognized as Arranger of the Year).
Miguel Zeno will perform 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 28, 2022 to Hammer4, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. For tickets ($25 to $35 in person) or more information, the public can visit hammertheatre.com or call (408) 924-8501. Vaccination requirements are subject to change based on local city, state, and county mandates. Please visit the Hammer Theater COVID FAQ page for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID protocols: https://hammertheatre.com/faq/.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Miguel Zénon has built a distinguished career, releasing fourteen albums. As a composer, he has received commissions from SFJAZZ, New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA), Chamber Music America, NYO Jazz, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), JazzReach, PEAK Performances and PRISM Quartet, among others. In 2003, Zénon was chosen by the Kennedy Center to teach and perform in West Africa as part of its Jazz Ambassador program. Since then, he has given hundreds of lectures and masterclasses, and taught at institutions around the world – from the Banff Center to Berklee College of Music, Siena Jazz, Universidad Veracruzana, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Musik Akademie Basel, Conservatoire de Paris, the University of Manitoba and the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, among others. In 2011, Zeno founded Carvana Cultural to present free jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico, offering these communities a chance to hear jazz of the highest caliber while giving young Puerto Rican musicians the opportunity to s actively involve. Since 2005, he has also organized “Jazz Jam Sessions” in the San Juan, Puerto Rico area, creating a platform for young jazz musicians to grow and interact with each other.
Black Cab Jazz is a collaboration between San Jose Jazz, San Jose State University and Hammer Theater, providing audiences with an intimate cabaret experience featuring some of the best names in modern jazz.
Founded in 1986, San Jose Jazz is a charitable organization celebrating jazz as a dynamic and evolving art form and is the producer of the annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest and Winter Fest festivals. San Jose Jazz innovates forward-thinking initiatives to foster artistic ingenuity and preserve the tradition of jazz as a forward-thinking movement. Through diverse musical and educational programming, San Jose Jazz delivers unique content and events by investing in the SF Bay Area‘s ecosystem of exceptional talent for the enjoyment of local and national audiences.
Owned by the City of San Jose and operated by San Jose State University, the Hammer Theater Center is a state-of-the-art performance venue located in the heart of downtown San Jose at 101 Paseo De San Antonio, between 2nd and 3rd streets. . The theater presented a range of offerings including outstanding professional productions, community works, SJSU shows and concerts, as well as dance, music, lectures, film screenings – even live aerial performances with dancers hanging outside, scaling the sides of the iconic blue building. From jazz shows to mariachi extravaganzas, National Geographic Live! series of speakers to live National Theater film screenings, Cinequest film festival presentations, ballet and modern dance performances, kid-friendly shows, live art and more, the Hammer’s mission is to serve the community through to artistic and educational programming that expresses the unique characteristics and diverse culture of Silicon Valley.