Young saxophonist Melissa Aldana is a major new talent on the international jazz scene. She takes the stage at Energimølla on Thursday night at Kongsberg Jazz Festival.
Born and raised in Chile, Melissa Aldana took her musical heritage with her when she moved to New York. She quickly made her mark in the Big Apple, and in 2013 she won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, with Wayne Shorter and Branford Marsalis among the jury members.
Melissa Aldana started out playing alto sax, but after hearing the album Sonny Rollins – plus 4 she realized that tenor sax was going to be her instrument. Her interest in Sonny Rollins says a lot about her musical references, though her style is constantly developing – and right now Chris Potter might be a more natural comparison. There’s no doubt of her place in a proud tradition, though she never copies her idols – she absolutely has her own clear voice, a voice that has reached many people. Her latest album, Visions, was awarded four stars (“Excellent”) by the magazine Jazzwise.
Melissa Aldana brings her quartet to Kongsberg. The group includes Norwegian guitarist Lage Lund, who played a brilliant concert in last year’s festival.
Melissa Aldana – saxophone
Lage Lund – guitar
Pablo Menares – bass
Kush Abadey – drums