Grammy-nominee Miguel Zenón, an acclaimed saxophonist and composer, will perform at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, with his quartet, in Michelsen Hall on Jan. 30 for the 24th annual Jazz Festival.
“Zenón fuzes elements of Puerto Rican music with American Jazz,” said Matthew Buchman, the director of jazz studies. “His quartet features a pianist, a bassist, a drummer and he himself plays the saxophone.”
Middle school, high school and university jazz students have the opportunity to perform and receive feedback from clinicians during the festival. Throughout the day, students are also exposed to successful jazz musicians like Zenón and his quartet.
Zenón is inspired by his Puerto Rican heritage in music, especially for his latest project.
“His most recent project is called ‘Identities are Changeable’,” Buchman said. “It focuses on Puerto Ricans who live in New York and how they see themselves, whether that is as Puerto Ricans, New Yorkers, Americans or some sort of combination.”
Buchman has high hopes the festival will impact the community in a positive way.
“The main thing we hope to do is to inspire people,” Buchman said. “We hope that Miguel’s performance not only inspires young jazz musicians to continue with their studies, but that it also inspires the public.”
Zenón’s music is available online, but Buchman stresses there is no substitution for a live performance.
Tickets for the event are available at the University Ticket and Information Desk and cost $15 for students and seniors and $18 for adults.
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