Melissa Aldana at the Mainstay
— Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana is set to bring her quartet to the Mainstay in Rock Hall at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.
Ticket are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website www.mainstayrockhall.org. Reservations to pay at the door can be made by calling 410-639-9133.
Aldana is an acclaimed tenor saxophonist who is a native of Santiago, Chile but is now based in New York. As a child, Aldana studied with her renowned saxophonist father Marcos Aldana, son of saxophonist Enrique Aldana, whose Selmer Mark VI tenor Melissa performs with to this day.
Her first instrument was alto sax, but after hearing the landmark Sonny Rollins recording “Plus 4” at the age of 12, she switched to tenor and never looked back.
In 2007, she received the Berklee Presidential Scholarship and moved to the United States to study improvisation and composition with George Garzone and others at Berklee and to pursue jazz at a higher level.
After graduating in 2009, she moved to New York City where she resides. She has become a fixture on the city’s jazz scene, performing with her own quartet and as a “sideman” at the best New York clubs and concert halls including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. She will be headlining at New York’s famous Birdland Jazz Club a few days before her Mainstay date.
In 2013, she became the first female instrumentalist and the first South American ever to win the Thelonious Monk Competition. She is also a recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Jazz at Lincoln Center and a double recipient of the Altazor Award, Chile’s highly prestigious national arts prize.
Joining Aldana are Sam Harris on piano, Pablo Menares on bass and Jimmy Mcbride on drums.
The Mainstay is a nonprofit and informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s Main Street.