Monk in Motion Winner:
Melissa Aldana

Melissa Aldana is a tenor saxophonist originally from Santiago, Chile. She has been a working bandleader in New York since 2009 and has released two albums on the Inner Circle label. She is the first woman to ever win an instrumental Monk competition. Aldana began her music studies at the age of 6. Melissa moved to New York in 2009 and has become an increasingly busy member of the New York jazz scene with her own quartet and as a “sideman” on gigs at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Village Vanguard, The Blue Note, Iridium, Smalls, Jazz Gallery, Birdland, Jazz Standard, Bar Next Door and more. Melissa recently won the 2012 Altazor Award in Chile for best Jazz record of 2010-2012. Monk-in-Motion: The Next Face of Jazz presents the top three winners of the Annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.  


Panel discussion - 7PM TBD

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