Meditative Blue Note debut
Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana is hitting high notes. From a Grammy nomination to her debut on the stage of legendary New York club The Village Vanguard. She also joins the Blue Note Records family with the release of 12 Stars, her first album as a bandleader.
Melissa Aldana Quartet
Melissa Aldana (tenor saxophone), Lage Lund (guitar), Pablo Menares (bass), Kush Abadey (drums)
Aldana was born in Santiago, Chile, and studied at Berklee College of Music. In 2013, she became the first female instrumentalist and the first South American musician to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. She is acclaimed for her visionary and meditative outlook.
In addition, she was a founding member of ARTEMIS, the all-star collective that released their debut album on Blue Note in 2021. The album featured Aldana's simmering composition Frida, dedicated to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Kahlo was also the subject of Aldana's celebrated 2019 album Visions (Motéma), which earned the saxophonist her first-ever GRAMMY nomination for Best Improvised Jazz Solo, a recognition for her impressive tenor solo on her composition Elsewhere.
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