Miguel Zenon

Decades: 2000s


1977, San Juan, Puerto Rico. While still a teenager, Zenón studied alto saxophone with Angel Marrero at the Escuela Libre de Musica. It was at this time that he heard jazz on record, notably a Charlie Parker recording with Machito, something that he has often declared to be a defining moment in his life. He had planned a career in electronic engineering but switched direction, a decision aided when he received a scholarship from the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival, which took him to the Berklee College Of Music. There, his notable talent gained him the Berklee Best Scholarship Award, the Frederic Cameron Weber Award together with a grant offered by the Corporation of Musical Arts. While attending Berklee, he played in the Boston area, including working with drummer Bob Moses’ group, Mozamba, and with the Either/Orchestra. Upon graduating from Berklee in 1998, Zenón received a further scholarship, this time bringing him a period of study at the...

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