The 62nd annual Grammy Awards take place on Sunday, Jan. 26 — and Melissa Aldana will be there, as a nominee in the category of Best Improvised Jazz Solo.
Aldana, a tenor saxophonist originally from Santiago, Chile, earned the nod for her performance on “Elsewhere,” from her critically acclaimed album Visions (Motéma).
The ghost of La Madrina, as Kahlo called it, gave her the choice of death or life: to either let go and peacefully ascend to the heavens, or choose to live and deal with the many painful obstacles ahead in her life. Aldana says this story represents “the choices we make in life, and how we shape our destiny.”
This lesson coincides with Aldana’s own story. She opens up about her father, who inspired her to play the saxophone, but with whom she’s estranged.
Melissa Aldana performs with Kevin Hays on Friday and Saturday at Mezzrow. The Melissa Aldana Quartet performs on Jan. 9 at Jazz Standard, and on Feb. 10 and 11 at Dizzy’s Club.