Miguel Zenón made his long-awaited return to Buffalo yesterday. Last appearing in our city in January of 2007 at an early Art of Jazz Series concert held at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. In the intervening sixteen years, Zenón solidified his place in the history of jazz as a master alto saxophonist and as an innovative composer. Garnering eleven Grammy® nominations and international acclaim.
The creative force he represents led his quartet and the audience through a musical journey of the Americas. Performing songs from his latest masterful project, Música De Las Américas. From the opening number, Taínos y Caribes, the quartet’s energetic presentation was like an exhilarating ride in the wavy seas of the Atlantic Ocean. Tommaso Perazzo on piano and Chris Tordini on bass matched the requisite energy demanded by Zenón with aplomb talent. While long-time drummer Henry Cole Rios displayed astonishing polyrhythmic qualities that may have seemed like magic to the audience.
It was a most welcomed return for many and a much-anticipated first-time experience for a good portion of the audience as well. An epic and memorable Art of Jazz Series concert by a master jazz artist history will undoubtedly record as one of the greatest ever in modern jazz.
Great social media comments from the audience:
A wonderful day of extraordinary music …The Miguel Zenon Quartet at Art of Jazz series was beyond magnificent. Such talent….
I enjoyed the amazing creativity of the Miguel Zenon quartet
Great concert with Miguel Zenon Quartet this afternoon
Great performance by Miguel Zenón Quartet this afternoon at the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans, as part of the Art of Jazz series. Bravo
It was such a great show!
Henry Cole was a killer!!
It was a great concert!
What a blazingly great concert!
Thank you Art of Jazz Series & All who made it possible for Buffalo music lovers to experience the exquisite talents of Miguel Zenón & his quartet. It was another memorable jazz experience.
An outstanding performance!
An Art of Jazz Series concert event takes a team of people. Many thanks to the following:
Dan Hart, Renee Radzavich, Jess Basil, and the support team at Kleinhans Music Hall. Bob Hillman and his team for superior sound. Corrine Scozzaro and the team of usher volunteers. And the hosting and hospitality support from Suzanne Manocchio and Madeline LoFaso. Many thanks as well to bassist Ed Croft and guitarist Jared Tinkham for their outstanding duo jazz in the lobby pre-concert.
Some fun people photos from yesterday:
Once again, we were fortunate to have JazzBuffalo Contributor and Photographer Jack Zuff on hand. Enjoy the superb gallery above and below that captured the special moments and tells the story of another incredible Art of Jazz Series concert.