Five Firsts: Melissa Aldana
NAME: Melissa Aldana
BAND AFFILIATION: The Melissa Aldana Quartet
INSTRUMENT: Tenor saxophone
THE FIRST MEMORY OF HEARING OR SEEING MUSIC… I come from a musical family, so I grew up hearing my dad playing and teaching at home all day long. That is how I became interested in music in the first place.
THE FIRST MUSICIAN WHO MADE ME THINK “THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO DO”… Sonny Rollins.
THE FIRST TIME I PLAYED THE TENOR SAX IN PUBLIC – FOR MONEY… in Boston.
THE FIRST MEMORY OF MY FRESHMAN YEAR AT BERKLEE SCHOOL OF MUSIC… Lots of practicing, and super excited to meet a lot of my heroes like Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Greg Osby, among others.
THE FIRST TIME I REALIZED I COULD MAKE THE SAX-TRIO CONCEPT WORK – BOTH IN CONCERT AND IN THE STUDIO… I never thought about if it would work or not. I did it because I thought this was the best for me to get better and have a deeper understanding of melody and harmony.
NOTE: We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the Melissa Aldana Quartet’s concert to a lucky Nippertown reader. Deadline to enter is 12:30pm today (Friday, October 20). GO HERE to enter…