Melissa Aldana & Somi At Tri C Jazz Fest

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At age 24, Melissa Aldana became the first female instrumentalist to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, which included Jane Ira Bloom, Branford Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Wayne Shorter and Bobby Watson as jurors. In commenting on Melissa’s 2013 win, Bloom stated, “The thing that was apparent to us was that Melissa was a young artist, who, in addition to having embraced a great deal of tradition, has made important steps in developing her own personal sonic vocabulary. We all sensed that from her original music and in her interpretations of traditional material.” Aldana also won the National Arts Award “Altazor” in Chile for “Best Album,” and recently received the Lincoln Center Martin E. Segal Award.

Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, African and jazz legacies are crucial to Somi's sound. Often referred to as a modern-day Miriam Makeba, JazzTimes magazine describes her live performance as “the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves,” while Billboard exclaims that she’s “all elegance and awe…utterly captivating.”

Individual tickets available April 8, 2016.

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