Saxophonist Melissa Aldana was born in 1988 in Santiago, Chile. At age 7 Melissa began music studies, specifically the saxophone, under her father Marco Aldana’s tutelage. Melissa Aldana hit the jazz circuit as soon as she was able to, starting with Chile’s jazz scene where she gained tremendous respect from mainstay jazz artists. In 2006, Melissa received the Berklee Presidential Scholarship, enabling her to join the student body at the prestigious Berklee College of Music.
During her time at Berklee, she studied with the best of the best including Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Frank Tiberi, Greg Osby, Hal Crook, Dave Santoro, Bill Pierce, Dino Govoni, Ralph Peterson. She also benefitted from the private master classes under legendary bop saxophonist George Coleman, who guided her progress and helped her shape her sound. Melissa currently lives in Manhattan and has become a part of the city’s jazz scene, performing at New York clubs. She now shares the stage with some of the greatest contemporary jazz artists including Benny Golson, Greg Osby, George Garzone, George Coleman, Francisco Mela, Antonio Sanchez.
In 2011, Aldana added “recording artist” to her growing list of credits, with the release of her first album, “Free Fall” and in 2013 won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. In her “Crash Trio,” she is joined by Chilean bassist Pablo Menares and Cuban drummer Francisco Mela.
Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio perform Saturday, July 5th at 4pm.