Melissa Aldana Quartet

The JazzLab

“Melissa Aldana’s music journey has been sprinkled with stardust. 12 Stars, her debut album on Blue Note…mine[s] the depths of interpretive gift…a bounty of new material wrapped in a fresh sonic package” – DownBeat

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.

These intimate jazz club concerts will undoubtedly be a Festival highlight!

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