Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Boricua Jazz Genius
This just in: Puerto Rican jazz saxophonist Miguel Zenón has just won a MacArthur "genius" grant, to the tune of $500,000.
Can't get the embed link to work, but here's the link to the interview on CNN today where Zenón plays a sample.
I will play some of his music today on Azucar y Candela, 5:30-7:30 pm, on WXDU 88.7 FM or listen with iTunes via www.wxdu.org. I was going to feature some "next generation" Latin jazz anyway, inspired by Dafnis Prieto's visit. Zenón and his contemporaries are, to paraphrase the foundation, reinventing a new (Latin) jazz language for the 21st century.