The Latin-inspired alt sax player Miquel Zenón completed his first own album Looking Forward last year. Initially this Puerto Rican studied saxophone in his own country, but it was actually only while attending the famous Berklee School of Music in the U.S. that his jazz training crystallized. Having scored a scholarship, he pushed on to the Manhattan School of Music where he attained a Masters in Saxophone Performance in 2001. Zenón has gained quite a lot of experience in his short career as a professional musician. Musicians and groups including David Sanchez, Danilo Perez, the David Murray Big Band and the Village Vanguard Orchestra have all gladly made use of his services. His debut album is exemplified by its fresh and original sound, with Latin jazz, classical and folk influences. Zenón not only shows that he is a talented saxophone player, but also displays his knack for composing. The New York Times recognizes his talent and describes him as 'the central figure in the New Latin jazz'.