Teaches Saxophone, Clarinet
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY, Berklee College of Music
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Takoah Jazz Lounge & Bistro, Berklee Art Blakey Ensemble
Miguel Hidalgo-Monroy, alto saxophonist, was born November 2, 1987 in Richmond, VA. He began playing the sax in the 6th grade after his next-door neighbor gave him a tenor sax.. Throughout his high school career he performed vigorously around the Richmond area playing wherever he could. After graduating from Deep Run High School, Miguel packed his bags and moved to Boston to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music on a music scholarship. Miguel hit the ground running in Boston by playing at many sessions to get his name out. After just 2 weeks he was called for his first gig at a private event for John Lynch, governor of New Hampshire.
After that, things just took off for him from playing gigs as a sideman to other private functions. In the spring of 2008 Miguel was offered a weekly gig at Takoah Jazz Lounge & Bistro in Brockton Ma. There he performed every Friday and Saturday. This experience really allowed him to find his sound and start to expand on his ideas and come into his own. In the spring of ’08 Miguel was chosen to travel to Washington D.C. to perform with the Berklee Art Blakey Ensemble at HR.57 ,a prestigious club in the D.C area.
In the fall of 2009 Compass Management and Universal Records began traveling the world to put together a new band. During their process they auditioned 750+ musicians in a three-stage process. Miguel made it to the last round of auditions. From 750+ musicians there were now Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, four vocals, and Miguel
on sax. In the end they decided to go with 2 vocalists instead of sax. Miguel was honored to have made it that far in the process. This did not discourage him, but rather pushed him to practice and play more.
With that behind him Miguel went on to perform around Boston and Virginia. In the spring of 2009 Miguel got a call from a close trumpet player friend to do the gig at Wally’s with him. This was a real honor because Wally’s is an institution to young up and coming musicians. People like: Branford Marsalis, Billy Pierce, Greg Osby, and many more have all had the gig there. While at Berklee Miguel has had the privilege of playing/studying with: Walter Beasley, Billy Pierce, Andy McGhee, Joanne Brackeen, Ken Cervenka, Tony Lada, Greg Osby, Shannon Leclaire and Jackie Beard. All have instilled a strong love for music and have set him on a path for success.
In 2012 Miguel was awarded a full tuition scholarship to pursue his master degree at North Carolina Central University under the guidance of Dr. Ira Wiggins. While in North Carolina he was fortunate enough to study under jazz masters Robert Trowers, Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo. In 2014 Miguel graduated and moved to Philadelphia Pa to pursue a career as a musician.
Most recently Miguel has been fortunate enough to share his gift and love of music to students while teaching at Music and Arts in Pennsylvania