Miguel Hidalgo-Monroy, alto saxophonist was born November 2, 1987 in Richmond,Va. He began playing sax in the 6th grade after being given a tenor sax by his next door neighbor. Throughout his high school career he performed vigorously around the Richmond area playing where ever someone would let him play. He is the protegé of James “Saxsmo” Gates, and has been studying under him from the beginning. Upon completion of high school from Deep Run, Miguel packed his bags and moved to Boston to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music on a music scholarship. Once arriving at Berklee he was exposed to so much more music and started playing in any session he could get into to get his name out. While at Berklee he has had the privilege to play/study with: Walter Beasley (rated in top 5 African-American saxophonists in the World), Billy Pierce, Andy McGhee, Janna Brackeen, Ken Cervenka, Tony Lada and Jackie Beard. All have performed with many huge names in the history of jazz from Count Basie to Charlie Parker to Stevie Wonder to Art Blakey. People like Walter Beasley, James Gates, and Billy Pierce have said that " Miguel has a huge sound and given sometime people will know who he is", “Miguel has a very natural approach to the instrument”. Miguel has achieved many things in his short time being on the Jazz scene but has his eyes set on bigger things never being satisfied with his accomplishments, always wanting to do something bigger.
While living in Richmond I had the opportunity to play with many extraordinary musicians. Over the past few years I have studied with James “Saxsmo” Gates, an incredible saxophonist, who has played with people ranging from Branford Marsalis to Art Blakey to Walter Davis Jr.
I currently reside in Boston MA while pursuing a degree in performance. Upon graduation from Berklee College of Music I hope to play and teach at the University level. Thank you for taking the time to look at my page.
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