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Arts & Dialogue: Melissa Aldana, Saxophone with Pablo Menares and Jochen Rueckert
January 22, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
“The young tenor with the breezy, accented voice is a hard-toned, unsentimental instrumentalist steeped in classical jazz”. – ABC News
Winner of the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and the first female to take first prize in the event’s history, formidable Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana stirs Afro-Latin grooves and Chilean street music into swing standards, originals and free-form improvisations. A new voice in jazz’s global vocabulary, her individuality and diverse musical and cultural heritage blend seamlessly with influences including Greg Osby, Joe Lovano, Mark Turner and Sonny Rollins. Her trio includes fellow Chilean Pablo Menares on bass and Allan Mednard on drums.
This performance is presented in collaboration with The Art of Cool Project.