Melissa Aldana



Melissa Aldana [tenor saxophone]
Gadi Lehavi [piano]
Pablo Menares [bass]
Kush Abadey [drums]

SMOKE’s year-end Coltrane Festival “Countdown 2023” continues with tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, a major rising talent originally from Santiago, Chile, who leads an exciting quartet with pianist Gadi Lehavi, bassist Menares, and drummer Kush Abadey. Since arriving in New York in 2009, she has won the 2013 Monk Competition and numerous accolades for her music. The New York Times calls her “one of the more exciting young tenor saxophonists today” and Hot House Jazz adds, “Melissa Aldana’s expression is rare and wildly evolving as she continues to reach for more.”

“Aldana…embodies a new sense of possibility and direction in jazz.” – The Washington Post

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