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A Conversation with Miguel Zenón

The Puerto Rican saxophonist says "What you do is about your work"

Miguel Zenón

He exudes Caribbean warmth, but during the first minutes he looks reserved. He doesn’t feel comfortable walking in silence so he starts asking questions as a way to find something in common to talk about that eases the situation. One street and two corners are enough for that. Jesús Santandreu, a Spanish saxophone player, is the link. Then it seems that Miguel Zenón feels less strange talking with a stranger. They were classmates in Berklee so he has countless stories to tell as we stroll to the terrace for the interview before sound check at Jimmy Glass Jazz Bar.

He’s not timid but he looks self-controlled, like if he needs to test who he has in front of him. And he opens up little by little. He is very polite and careful. The neatness that Zenón keeps in his hands is reflected on his facial expression, which communicates the same message as his words.

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