…a sampling of Jazz news deserving of a post rather than a roll, a blogroll
September 2008 Buzzz: Miguel Zenón
31-year-old Puerto Rican saxophonist and composer, Miguel Zenón, has this year been chosen as one of twenty-five worthy recipients for the 2008 MacArthur Genius Grant worth US$500,000. This no frills, no strings attached cash award will be disbursed in equal instalments over the next five years.
Zenón can do whatever he pleases with the money. He can simply put it in the bank and do nothing with it, or he could freely choose to use it for a pet project of his, such as research into the indigenous rhythms of his native Puerto Rico. And it looks like it is going to be the latter. If that is the case, we could be hearing the results on CD any time soon.
Barbadian Jazz singer Rosemary Phillips joined 22 other performing acts spanning different genres of music including Blues and Ska for the second annual ten-day Virgin Atlantic Music Festival to be held on the Caribbean island from October 30 to November 08. The ten-day festival, billed as a commemoration of Virgin’s tenth anniversary of flying to the region, will run at various locations – a café and a few bars – across Barbados.