‘Genius’ jazzman in concert

Jazz composer and saxophonist Miguel Zenon

Jazz composer and saxophonist Miguel Zenon

Jazz composer and saxophonist Miguel Zenón, both a MacArthur and Guggenheim fellow, will bring his Latin-influenced style to the campus Monday to highlight the third annual UIC High School Jazz Festival.

Zenón, called a “genius at play” by Downbeat Magazine, will be the featured artist in an evening performance following a day of competitions and clinics for high school big bands and combos.

The New York Times recently described Zenón as “a soulful and searching alto saxophonist and composer.” He will perform with UIC’s Jazz Ensemble, which includes top Chicago musicians Ernie Adams, percussion; Andy Baker, trombone and direction; Ari Brown, saxophone; Orbert Davis, trumpet; Stewart Miller, bass; Dan Murphy, piano; Zvonimir Tot, guitar; and Cheryl Wilson, vocals.

Throughout the day, high school jazz bands will compete in performances judged by UIC ensemble members and other noted musicians who teach in UIC’s jazz program. The judges will lead clinics and workshops in brass, woodwinds, bass, guitar, drums, vocals and piano.

Zenón’s performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Illinois Room of Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.

Tickets to the evening concert are $10 for the general public; $7 for students with a valid ID. Advance tickets online or cash only at the door. Admission to the student performances is free.

Last year’s Jazz Fest, featuring Grammy-winner Howard Levy:

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