Last year’s large ensemble disc Identities Are Changeable (Miel) wasn’t only a surging slab of big band invention, it was a socio-political statement that unpacked the distinctions of Puerto Rican lives in all their ever-morphing variety. With snippets of interviews bubbling up at key points of the typically effervescent tracks, the killer alto saxophonist and MacArthur Fellow supercharged his charts with first-hand testimony. This quartet gig should do the same, with multi-media visuals vivifying the personal reportage. Zenón’s badass foursome is known for its precision and intensity (drummer Henry Cole, y’all), and the first-hand testimony that accompanies the work brings out the music’s heart. The audience and artist will take the conversation even further during a question and answer session after the show.
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, Repertory Theater, 450 Grand Concourse in Bronx, NY
Tickets are $15; $7.50 for students and those under 18.