Miguel Zenon's Puerto Rican Songbook: Newport Jazz 2011 Hear a rare public performance of the alto's adaptations of his parents' favorite music.

Miguel Zenón performs with his Puerto Rican Songbook group, including Luis Perdomo on piano (left), on the Quad stage during the Newport Jazz Festival. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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Lately, the alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón has been listening to some of his parents' favorite music. That is, he's adapted a handful of classic popular songs from his native Puerto Rico for his jazz quartet. And on his forthcoming album Alma Adentro, he even contracted his friend Guillermo Klein to write backing arrangements for a 10-piece woodwind section. Lush and verdant — like the tropical isle which inspired them — the charts saw a rare public performance at Newport's central Quad Stage.

Personnel
  • Miguel Zenón, alto saxophone
  • Luis Perdomo, piano
  • Hans Glawischnig, bass
  • Henry Cole, drums
  • Nathalie Joachim, flute
  • Jessica Schmitz, flute
  • Domenica Fossati, flute
  • Alexey Gorokholinsky, clarinet
  • Christof Knoche, bass clarinet
  • Katie Scheele, oboe
  • Keve Wilson, English horn
  • Brad Balliett, bassoon
  • Jennifer Kessler, French horn
  • Ian Donald, French horn
  • Guillermo Klein, conductor
Set List
  • Silencio
  • Alma Adentro
  • Olas y Arenas
  • Perfume de Gardenias
  • Tiemblas
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