In 2013, at age 24, Melissa Aldana won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, the first female instrumentalist to ever win the illustrious contest. She recently won in the Rising Star-Tenor Saxophone category of the 63rd Annual DownBeat Annual Critics Poll. She has quickly established herself as one of the fastest rising players in jazz today. Her first Houston appearance features Pablo Menares on bass and Jochen Rueckert on drums.
“You can hear Aldana and her group tap into the jazz tradition, but they thrive in the hyperlinked global present.”
– National Public Radio
“Melissa Aldana is brilliant, talented, skilled, innovative…She owns the future.”