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Live Review: 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival, Weekend 1

One way to define a music festival: the sum of its memorable moments. There were plenty of those moments to savor during the first four days of the 40th annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which kicked off in late June on 20 stages in the city’s downtown Quartier des Spectacles.   Which highlights … Read More “Live Review: 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival, Weekend 1”

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Melissa Aldana: Visions (Motéma)

Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana invokes the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo as the inspiration for Visions, which was originally commissioned as a suite, with its world premiere at Jazz Gallery last June. The disc showcases a stellar quintet, featuring pianist Sam Harris, bassist Pablo Menares, drummer Tommy Crane, and vibraphonist Joel Ross, on board for … Read More “Melissa Aldana: Visions (Motéma)”

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Melissa Aldana: Back Home

Melissa Aldana is going to be an influential tenor saxophonist in jazz for decades to come. At 24 she won the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and followed it up with Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio a year later. Raised in a musical family (she was taught by her father and still plays her … Read More “Melissa Aldana: Back Home”

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Melissa Aldana: Free Fall

Chilean-born tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana moved to the States at 18, and since graduating from Berklee in 2009 has been making an impact on the New York scene with her playing and writing. On her debut for Greg Osby’s label, she swings confidently and solos with verve in the company of pianist Michael Palma, bassist … Read More “Melissa Aldana: Free Fall”

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