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Bill Charlap & Gary Hobbs at the Earshot Jazz Festival

Miguel Zenon

The Triple Door in downtown Seattle is one of the most attractive new clubs on the West Coast. The staff, the décor, the sound system, the sight lines, and the food all exceed expectations. The Triple Door’s programming is eclectic, but typically includes several nationally touring jazz acts each month. They are usually interesting-like Miguel Zenón.

Never before in history has jazz been so influenced by players and musical sources from outside the United States. Twenty-eight-year-old alto saxophonist/composer Zenón, born in Puerto Rico, began to get noticed five years ago, for his work with another Puerto Rican reed player, David Sánchez. Zenón’s first two recordings as a leader (Looking Forward on Fresh Sound New Talent in 2002 and Ceremonial on Marsalis Music in 2004) received strong reviews. But what has started a genuine buzz over Zenón is his new album on Marsalis Music, Jíbaro.

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