Melissa Aldana Quartet


7:30 pmFriday, 21 October 2022


Jazz Lab

27 Leslie St, Brunswick VIC 3056

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Grammy-nominated saxophonist Melissa Aldana is something of a trailblazer – she is both the first South American and the first female instrumentalist to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone competition. The Brooklyn-based tenor player from Santiago, Chile, has garnered international recognition for her visionary work as a bandleader and prolific performer.

Bringing to Melbourne her remarkable quartet, Aldana will be performing music from her acclaimed debut Blue Note album 12 Stars. A highly emotive offering, the music on 12 Stars grapples with concepts of childrearing, familial forgiveness, acceptance, and self-love – whilst showcasing the adventurousness and technical prowess of this incredible quartet.

Across 3 shows at MIJF, Aldana will be performing alongside an incredible international band with Lage Lund on guitar, Kush Abadey on drums and Pablo Menares on bass.

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