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Miguel Zenón Quartet [JAZZ SERIES]

“This young musician and composer is at once reestablishing the artistic, cultural, and social tradition of jazz while creating an entirely new jazz language for the 21st century.” —MacArthur Foundation

OA Logo8:00 PM—The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome the Miguel Zenón Quartet to the South on Main stage! This is the fourth and final show of their Jazz Sub-Series, as well as the final show of their 2019-2020 Concert Series. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. The series is made possible in part by presenting sponsor UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication, as well as their season sponsor University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Additional season partners include Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Cypress Properties, Inc., J. Mark & Christy Davis, Chris & Jo Harkins, Margaret Ferguson Pope—Thank You Aunt Margaret!, EVO Business Environments, Jay Barth & Chuck Cliett, Stacy Hamilton of Desselle Real Estate, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Arkansas Arts Council, Department of Arkansas Heritage, Rosen Music Company, and Steinway Piano Gallery Little Rock.

Tickets are $35 (General Admission), $50 (Reserved), and $52 (Premium Reserved) and are available via or by calling (800) 293-5949. Please take a look at this very important ticketing and seating information before purchasing your tickets (view reserved seating chart). Full season ticket pricing and options are also available in a consolidated format, here.

Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow and five-time GRAMMY nominee, Miguel Zenón is one of only a handful of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered to be one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American folkloric music and jazz.

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has built a distinguished career, releasing eleven albums under his own name and crafting his artistic identity by working with older jazz masters and the genre’s younger innovators.

Zenón’s biography would not be complete without discussing his role as an educator. In 2003, he was chosen by the Kennedy Center to teach and perform in West Africa as part of their Jazz Ambassador program. Since then, he has given hundreds of lectures and master classes and has taught at institutions all over the world. He is also a permanent faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music. But perhaps what best reflects his commitment to education is a program that he founded in 2011, called Caravana Cultural.

The main purpose of Caravana Cultural is to present free-of-charge jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico. The program makes a “cultural investment” in the island by giving these communities a chance to listen to jazz of the highest caliber (Zenón invites some of the best musicians in the New York jazz scene to perform as guests). At the same time, young Puerto Rican musicians have the opportunity to be actively involved in the concert activities. Presented every four to six months, each concert focuses on the music of a specific jazz legend (Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, among others) and is preceded by a pre-concert presentation that touches on the basic elements of jazz and improvisation.