Staff pick: Miguel Zenon Quartet at the Wexner Center

From the April 19, 2012 edition

Miguel Zenon first graced the Wexner Center Performance Space stage in 2006. His concert there this week can easily be called a triumphant return: Zenon has since won praise from top critics, been nominated for a Grammy award and won a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.”

Zenon’s smooth alto saxophone is lately singing the songs of Zenon’s native Puerto Rico, accompanied by band members on piano, bass and drums. The band’s most recent recording is of standards by what Zenon calls “the George Gershwins, Cole Porters and Jerome Kerns of Puerto Rican song.”

The quartet’s sound is warm and accessible, a welcome new twist on the jazz we find more familiar. Get comfortable in the Performance Space in cabaret-style seating, and enjoy the offerings of a cash bar.

Can’t make it out this week? Zenon returns to the Wexner Center on June 5 with Argentine jazz artist Guillermo Klein and his band.