Hot jazz returns to a cool venue on Saturday, Sept. 9 — thanks in large part to veteran alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon.
Teatro LATEA, the Lower East Side theater space that usually hosts stage shows, is kicking off a bimonthly series of jazz performances featuring bands handpicked by Zenon, the San Juan, Puerto Rico-born bandleader who has also played with just about every major name in jazz.
First up on Saturday is the Gabriel Vicéns Sextet, featuring Roman Filiu on alto sax, Luis Perdomo on piano, Ricky Rodriguez on bass, E.J. Strickland on drums and Obanilú Allende on barril.
Admission is $ 15 for the 8 p.m. show (at 107 Suffolk St.), and there?s an added bonus: Zenon plans to sit in with the sextet on a couple of numbers.
“I love what they’re doing at LATEA bringing in jazz acts, and I was happy to help get it started,” says Zenon, who as curator of the series hopes to bring in a different New York-based act at least once a month and get them some exposure.
“I’ve had a lot of people help me in my career so I’m glad to be in a position to help others,” says Zenon, who lives in Washington Heights.
“Any artist will tell you the road is difficult, it’s hard work and you need discipline and a lot of luck. But I’ve encountered people that helped show me the ropes, and as a Latin American musician I was lucky I had (jazz artists) gulike David Sanchez and Danilo Perez show me the ropes.
“So I’m just trying to pass that on.”