Following a couple of great days in Puerto Rico, performing and giving a master class at the InterMetro University in San Juan, Melissa Aldana & her Quartet will start a run of 4 evenings at the historic Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC tonight May 1-4.
Melissa’s band will feature Glenn Zaleski on piano/rhodes, Pablo Menares on bass – and 3 different drummers (on separate nights). On the 1st and 2nd nights Colin Stranahan will play, on day 3 it will be Felix Herrara and on day 4 Francisco Mela. Each of these drummers have a strong history with Melissa – Colin has played a lot with Melissa around the NYC scene, Felix is from Chile (as is Melissa and Pablo Menares) and they have a long association from there. And Francisco Mela (from Cuba) is of course the drummer she plays with the most these days – and the drummer on her forth coming Concord Records June 17 release simply entitled “Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio” (which also features Pablo Menares on bass) and which is now available for pre-order here – and with it’s first review in here.
Blue Note is for many the primary reason for coming to NYC in the first place – not least if you are a jazz lover. Our own first time in NYC back in 1989 was spend 4 evenings in a row (out of a week) listening to Herbie Hancock, Buster Williams and Al Foster performing at the Blue Note, and since then we have seen and heard countless jazz legends perform there. The venue has consistently brought in the very top of what jazz has to offer and is by now world-famous in it’s own right.
Melissa shares the bill with the wonderful Cuban pianist Omar Sosa & his band. She will perform first half of each set, and Omar Sosa will perform the 2nd half. It is going to be a very exciting 4 evenings at the Blue Note!