Billboard has included Melissa Aldana & Ravi Coltrane on their list of must-see performances for 2017’s Winter Jazz Fest in New York City!
Natalie Weiner for Billboard writes: “Aldana proves that there’s no reason swing needs to sound vintage, offering original compositions and standards that show her distinctive melodic sensibilities just as clearly as they do her ability to straight-up shred. The Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition winner (the first woman to receive that award) will be joined by a sextet — she typically performs with a trio — so there’s a chance she’ll be testing out some new material.”
On Coltrane, Weiner writes: “One of jazz’s most reliable and compelling soloists, Coltrane (yes, as in John’s son) will offer a rare duo performance with pianist David Virelles — one-offs like this are a major part of what makes the festival so special. Also, it’s a taste of what Grammy voters were considering when they nominated Coltrane for a 2017 best improvised jazz solo award.”
If you are in New York this weekend, catch Melissa Aldana playing the New School 12th Street Auditorium at 9:20 PM on 1/6/17 and Ravi Coltrane with David Virelles at the New School Tishman Auditorium at 8:40 PM on 1/7/17.
Find the rest of the list at Billboard
Melissa Aldana on TKA
Ravi Coltrane on TKA