miércoles, 18 de septiembre de 2013

Saxophonist Melissa Aldana wins global competition for young jazz musicians

The Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana, who triumphed in the demanding jazz circuit in New York, won first place in the Competition 2013 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, one of the most important competitions for young jazz musicians in the world.

The Chilean, one of the most outstanding young figures NY, with two albums released, competed with 12 other finalists from around the world, and who had the final gala last night in Washington, where he was chosen as the best, with a prize and $ 25,000 to make a record contract with Concord Records. In his presentation, which won the grand prize, Aldana had a duet with the legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath, who played Heath's own theme, "Gingerbread Boy".

Among the tutors who accompany contestants Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, classical musicians include Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Aldana final gala exceeded the saxophonists also Tivon Pennicott and Godwin Louis. The finalists had to play for 15 minutes in front of a jury that included Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Watson and Jane Ira Bloom.

With this award, Aldana's career in New York has established itself as one of the most prestigious young saxophonists in the world. The Chilean launched two weeks ago in the country the album "La Resistencia" collective project that recorded earlier this year in the GAM with Nicolas Vera, Sebastian Jordan and also Chileans living in NY, and Paul Felix Lecaros Menares.

Melissa Aldana was born in Santiago, Chile, and began playing saxophone at age 6. She attended the Berklee College of Music as a Berklee Presidential Scholar. While at Berklee, Aldana studied with Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Frank Tiberi, Greg Osby, Hal Crook, Dave Santoro, Bill Pierce, Dino Govoni and Ralph Peterson. She has appeared at venues such as the Blue Note Jazz Club, the Iridium, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Village Vanguard, the Jazz Standard and Smalls Jazz Club.

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