We congratulate 24 year old Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana on her selection as one of this years semi-finalists in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Melissa may, on top, possibly be the only person to have another family member who was also a semi-finalist: Her dad Marco Aldana was nominated in 1991, the year when Joshua Redman won the competition.
You can read a fuller announcement by New York Times by clicking here.
Next chance to hear Melissa in the NYC region is when she perform’s as part of Francisco Mela’s band at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on Aug. 19. Master pianist Fred Hersch will be a very special guest on that night as well!
Melissa Aldana is available for live dates in the rest of 2013 and 2014 with her collaborative band Crash Trio also featuring bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela.