MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble tours Puerto Rico (2019)
In 2019, the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble toured Puerto Rico during January's Independent Activities Period. Twenty-five musicians spent the week performing, attending workshops on Puerto Rican culture, and giving workshops on topics of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This trip had been originally scheduled for January 2018, but the aftermath of Hurricane Maria meant that the group had to delay the trip by one year, arriving with even more urgency and purpose in the context of this devastating natural disaster. Island native Miguel Zenón is a multiple Grammy nominee and a Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow. The saxophonist-composer led the tour through his favorite haunts.