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Fall dates 2015

Melissa has just finished a fabulous week of shows! These included a very special Jazz & Blues Foundation tribute to her original inspiration for playing tenorsax – Sonny Rollins – held at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC. Melissa even got to meet Sonny for the first time + he knew of her and her playing, which was of course a huge honor for her!

During the event she shared the stage with dozens of Sonny’s lifelong associates and musical family such as Bob Cranshaw (Sonny’s bassist since the 60ties), Clifton Anderson (Sonny’s nephew and trombonist who put it all together with drummer/producer Steve Jordan), Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, James Carter, Al Foster, Henry Grimes, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Garrett, Donald Fagen (from Steely Dan), Randy Brecker and many others. A wonderful tribute that finished off with Sonny telling the audience that the Apollo was “my university” when he was young. A touching moment for a true giant. To finish it all off Keith Richards (from the Rolling Stones) performed a burning set!

Then a few days later Melissa had her own trio performance at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (inside Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC) with Pablo Menares on bass and Allan Mednard on drums (& pianist Glenn Zaleski sitting in on some tunes), and the following day she sat in with Jimmy Heath’s band (featuring Al Foster no less!) at the wonderful Village Vanguard (also in NYC – they finish tomorrow so go hear them if you can).

Melissa Aldana is now back in Europe for some November shows. She’s bringing Pablo Menares on bass and Jochen Rueckert on drums, both of whom are also featured on an all-new Melissa album which will be released on our Wommusic label in early 2016. The album features new originals by all 3 band members as well as a standard. For the Bern dates Melissa will additionally feature pianist Emmet Cohen.

Here are the upcoming European dates:

Nov. 3: Widder Bar, Zurich, Switzerland
Nov. 4: Barcelona Jazz Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Nov. 6: Masterclass at Berklee College of Music, Valencia, Spain
Nov. 10-14: Marians, Bern, Switzerland
Nov. 20: Pizza Express/London Jazz Festival, London, UK

Melissa also has a couple of US dates left this year before she takes a deserved break traveing back to her home country of Chile for the holidays:

December 5: Da Camera, Houston, Texas
Dec. 10: Smalls Jazz Club, New York City

In early 2016 Melissa brings her trio to the Carolinas for the first time:

January 22: Carolina Performing Arts, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

And also a tour of Northern Sweden in late January 2016 – find more info on all those dates by clicking here. Pablo Menares and drummer Allan Mednard will perform with Melissa in North Carolina and Sweden. There are quite a few other dates already in the calendar which we will tell you about in our next mailing.

Thank for your attention & hope to see you at one of these events!

Melissa back in Europe

MAldana_IMG_0949Melissa Aldana is on her way back to Europe for some April shows, including in several cities she is visiting for her first time. This time she’s bringing Pablo Menares on bass and Allan Mednard on drums (Allan has also been touring with Kurt Rosenwinkel‘s New Quartet recently).

Click links to view more info on each date:

April 17+18Duc des Lombards, Paris, France
April 19Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark
April 20Masterclass at Kunglige Musikhöjskolen, Stockholm, Sweden
April 20: Fasching, Stockholm, Sweden
April 22Viktoria/Nasjonalscenen, Oslo, Norway
April 24Nefertiti, Gothenburg, Sweden
April 27Masterclass at Skurups Folkhöjskole, Malmø, Sweden
April 28A-Trane, Berlin, Germany

If you want to listen to/purchase  Melissa’s latest album “Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio” then you can do by clicking here – the band will perform repertoire from this album as well as several new pieces.

Melissa, Pablo and Allan hope to see you and if you go then please send a photo from the show on twitter tagging @MelissaAldana & @Wommusic 🙂

Thank you!

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