Miguel Zenón News

Miguel Zenón's Alma Adentro Receives Top Honors from iTunes!

Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook is the iTunes Rewind 2011 Jazz Instrumental Album of the Year! To see a full list of Apple’s picks for music, television, apps and more, visit here: http://tw.itunes.com/Ib4
  

Submitted by Courtney on December 15th, 2011 — 11:34am

It’s the most jazz-list-y time of the year

Publication: Ottawa Citizen Jazzblog
Author: Peter Hum
Date: December 12, 2011

The jazz punditocracy has been weighing in on top jazz CDs of 2011:

The list from Patrick Jarenwattananon at NPR’s A Blog Supreme skews to the younger end of the jazz talent spectrum. Miguel Zenón (Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook) and Gretchen Parlato (The Lost and Found) get nods, for example, for their 2011 CDs, while Sonny Rollins does not, for example. Read more »

Submitted by Courtney on December 13th, 2011 — 11:35am

Up for a Grammy award, Arturo O'Farrill still fights for eliminated Latin jazz category

Publication: New York Daily News
Author: Monika Fabian
Date: December 7, 2011

An outspoken critic of the Grammys’ controversial decision this year to eliminate 30 awards categories was graced with a nomination last week by the host organization, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).

“I’m extremely proud,” said bandleader and pianist Arturo O’Farrill, whose album “40 Acres and a Burro” has a bid for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

However, he still opposes the elimination of the Best Latin Jazz Album category, calling it “horrific.”

“To compete with big, big, big names is very healthy, but it doesn’t bode well for us [Latin jazz musicians],” said O’Farrill, winner of the 2008 Best Latin Jazz Album award and a four-time nominee.

“A lot of what happens is brand awareness,” he added. “It would be an amazing vindication of our artistic integrity and the academy’s position of it leveling the playing field if any of the Latinos had a real shot at winning.”

Also competing for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album — the only category in which Hispanic artists were nominated that did not involve Latino/Mexican/World Music — is Puerto Rican saxophonist Miguel Zenón, who saw in the academy’s restructuring a chance for Latin artists to gain more widespread jazz cred. Read more »

Submitted by Courtney on December 8th, 2011 — 11:14am

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2011: Complete List

Publication: NPR.org
Date: December 5, 2011

The title of the article says it all- Miguel Zenón’s Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook is listed as one of NPR’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2011. Check out the full list here.

Submitted by Courtney on December 6th, 2011 — 09:16am

Zenón, Adasiewicz, Lage top best jazz list

Publication: Chicago Tribune
Author: Howard Reich
Date: December 3, 2011

The jazz year produced recordings of tremendous vitality, creativity and intellectual heft.

Miguel Zenón, “Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook” (Marsalis Music): Alto saxophonist Zenón has been exploring music of his Puerto Rican heritage for years, but with “Alma Adentro” he arrives at a remarkable musical nexus: the place where jazz improvisation, Puerto Rican popular song and quasi-classical orchestration converge.
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Submitted by Courtney on December 5th, 2011 — 10:45am