Chilean musician Melissa Aldana has taken center stage as one of the most invigorating and talented saxophonist on the jazz scene today. At only 25 years old her star shines brightly. The daughter of the renowned Chilean sax player Enrique Aldana she is the first woman ever to win the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition.
By the age of 16 she was a headliner at Santiago clubs in Chile but after a week at the Village Vanguard in New York there was no doubt that there was a new face in town ready to take her place at the head of the sax table. She started out on alto sax but said that after hearing Sonny Rollins she was moved to switch to tenor.
– In June of 2014 she released her first CD, Melissa Aldana and the Crash Trio.
– On this video she appears with her trio at the Berkelee School of Music is 2013