Jazz workshop with tenor saxophonist, Melissa Aldana.
Melissa Aldana was born in Santiago, Chile, and grew up in a musical family. Both her father and grandfather were saxophonists, and she took up the instrument at age six under her father Marcos’ tutelage. She performed in Santiago jazz clubs in her early teens and was invited by pianist Danilo Pérez to play at the Panama Jazz Festival in 2005. In 2013, at 24, she became the first female instrumentalist and the first South American musician to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. In 2023, Aldana was nominated for a Grammy Award for best improvised solo on her composition Falling from her Blue Note release, 12 Stars. Aldana. Go to melissaaladana.net to learn more about her.