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Melissa Aldana Quartet

Presented in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center

Friday September 30, 2022 at 8:00 pm

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Friday September 30, 2022 at 8:00 pm

Grammy-nominated saxophonist and composer Melissa Aldana — declared to be “cultured, emotionally weighted [and] purposeful” by The Boston Globe, recently released the album 12 Stars, her debut as a leader on the Blue Note label. Hailing from Santiago, Chile, the 33-year-old Brooklyn-based tenor player was featured on the cover of the March 2021 issue of the New York City Jazz Record and has already established an international reputation for her visionary work as a bandleader. Aldana plays Caramoor’s Music Room with her stellar quartet.

About the Artist

Melissa Aldana was born in Santiago, Chile and began playing the saxophone at age six. She started performing in Santiago jazz clubs in her early teens and, in 2005, she was invited by pianist Danilo Pérez to play at the Panama Jazz Festival. She later attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where her tutors included Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Frank Tiberi, Greg Osby, Hal Crook, Bill Pierce, and Ralph Peterson. 

Aldana graduated from Berklee in 2009 and relocated to New York City to study under George Coleman. Her first album, Free Fall, was released on Greg Osby’s Inner Circle Music imprint in 2010. Her live shows at that time included performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club and the Monterey Jazz Festival. Her second album, Second Cycle, was released in 2012. In 2013, at age 24, she was the first female musician and the first South American musician to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, which awarded a scholarship and a recording contract with Concord Jazz.  

Aldana has since been awarded the Altazor National Arts Award of Chile and the Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award. She has performed alongside artists such as Peter Bernstein, Kevin Hays, Christian McBride, and Jeff “Tain” Watts, and she has participated in many festivals including the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz, Vienna Jazz Festival, and Providencia Jazz Festival in Chile. She also performed with Jimmy Heath at the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Award Ceremony, and she was invited to Jazz at Lincoln Center by Wynton Marsalis. 

In 2012 Aldana formed the Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio with Cuban drummer Francisco Mela and Chilean bassist Pablo Menares. In 2014 the trio released their self-titled debut album on Concord Jazz. In 2016 they released their second album, Back Home, on Word of Mouth Music. 

To learn more about Melissa Aldana, please visit her website


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