Melissa Al­dana at the Main­stay

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— 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.

MELISSA AL­DANA

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