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Melissa Aldana

On her first jazz quartet "Visions", award-winning saxophonist Melissa Aldana connects her work to the legacy of Latina artists who have come before her, creating a pathway for her own expression. Inspired by the life and works of Frida Kahlo, Aldana creates a parallel between her experiences as a female saxophone player in a male-dominated community, and Kahlo’s experiences as a female visual artist working to assert herself in a landscape dominated by men. On her first jazz quartet recording, Aldana adds a new dimension to her sound, resulting in a transformative movement of expression and self-identity

Future Stride

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Symphony Raps; Reflections at Dusk; Toast To Lo; Future Stride; Second Time Around; Dardanella; You Already Know; Pitter Panther Patter; My Heart Stood Still; Little Angel.

Balance Point

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Mother's Song; Blessed Son, Mr. Weston; Balance Point; Ascent; G-Yokoso; Had It Happened; A Fine Line Between; Like Water; Prelude To A Kiss; Fulcrum; The Path Of The Gods; Homage; Lament For The Fallen

Artemis

Label: Blue Note
Released: 2020
Track listing: Goddess Of The Hunt; Frida; The Fool On The Hill; Big Top; If It's Magic; Nocturno; Step Forward; Cry Buttercup Cry; The Sidewinder.

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Allison Miller: Driving the Balance

Read "Allison Miller: Driving the Balance" reviewed by John Pietaro

Allison Miller sits at the vintage Camco drumkit in her Brooklyn home, playing post-bop over a rolling samba. Within the shimmer of an age-darkened cymbal, she switches from sticks to brushes, filling the room with the shush of summer rain, then a sudden hailstorm as her arms, aerial, traverse snare, tom-toms and cymbals in a blurring, ...

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Celebrating New Holiday Releases and Connee Boswell's Birthday

Read "Celebrating New Holiday Releases and Connee Boswell's Birthday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The broadcast features new holiday releases from vibraphonist Warren Wolf and vocalists Lauren Henderson, CeCe Gable, Avery Raquel and Leslie Odom, Jr., plus birthday shoutouts to Connee Boswell, Dave Brubeck (100!) saxophonist Melissa Aldana, Cassandra Wilson and pianist Amina Figarova among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Melissa Aldana

Jazz Musician of the Day: Melissa Aldana

All About Jazz is celebrating Melissa Aldana's birthday today! On her first jazz quartet “Visions", award-winning saxophonist Melissa Aldana connects her work to the legacy of Latina artists who have come before her, creating a pathway for her own expression. Inspired by the life and works of Frida Kahlo, Aldana creates a parallel between her experiences ...

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Take Five with Denin Koch

Read "Take Five with Denin Koch" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Denin Koch Hailed as possessing “pristine playing, meticulous composing" and “a very personal voice deserving of attention," guitarist and composer Denin Koch has synthesized his wide and varied influences into a unique approach to jazz improvisation. He has performed with Arturo Sandoval, Pat Metheny, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Dee Daniels, Ryan Keberle, and ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Melissa Aldana: Visiones de una verdadera artista

Read "Melissa Aldana: Visiones de una verdadera artista" reviewed by Patricia López

La galardonada Melissa Aldana es la saxofonista más joven de su familia. Nacida en Santiago, Chile, comenzó a tocar el saxofón cuando tenía seis años. Con una importante influencia de su abuelo y las enseñanzas de su padre Marcos Aldana, empezó a estudiar saxofón alto. Pero después de escuchar a Sonny Rollins, su corazón se identificó ...

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New albums from Art Hirahara, Krzysia Górniak and Kate Amrine

Read "New albums from Art Hirahara, Krzysia Górniak and Kate Amrine" reviewed by Bob Osborne

There are excellent newly released albums on this week's show from guitarist Krzysia Górniak and trumpeter Kate Amrine. I am also featuring the fantastic new release from pianist Art Hirahara and music from other projects by the artists involved with that album. In between some archive cuts with classic jazz from across the years. ...


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