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Jazz Caliente: Miguel Zenón's 'Típico'

Miguel Zenón"

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón brings his quartet back to Seattle on March 1, for a performance at PONCHO Concert Hall at Cornish College for the Arts.  Their most recent recording, "Típico," focuses on the quartet itself, celebrating the magic that happens when a band creates together for more than 15 years.  We'll hear some of that magic this week on Saturday Jazz Caliente.

Having thoroughly explored the music of his Puerto Rican ancestry with his previous projects, including the albums "Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook,"  "Esta Plena" and the ambitious multi-media program "Indentities are Changeable,"  Zenón brings his cultural sensibility and innovative musicianship together for "Típico.'" 

It's not a Latin jazz album, per se.  The rhythms, melodies and harmonies imply a Puerto Rican influence, rather than hitting you in the face with horns and percussion.  Miguel Zenón naturally integrates his heritage into the music he writes, but doesn't limit himself to those folkloric forms.  

Listen for the title track from "Típico" on this week's Saturday Jazz Caliente.

Jazz Caliente airs Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. The program is hosted by Robin Lloyd and produced by KNKX Public Radio

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.