Melissa Aldana (CL/NO/US), Espoo Big Band feat. Verneri Pohjola

Melissa Aldana Quartet

Tenor saxophonist and composer Melissa Aldana is a rising star in the world of saxophone, Grammy nominee in 2019 and the first female instrumentalist to win the coveted Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2013. She released her highly acclaimed jazz quartet album “Visions” in May 2019.

Aldana’s music connects her own expression to the legacy of Latina artists who have come before her, inspired by the life and works of Frida Kahlo, both working in a male-dominated community. On her first jazz quartet recording, Aldana adds a new dimension to her sound, resulting in a transformative movement of expression and self-identity. Aldana’s lyrical tenor saxophone playing is described as sophisticated and full of personality and creative drive.

“ . . . one of the more exciting young tenor saxophonists today” – The New York Times

“Aldana…embodies a new sense of possibility and direction in jazz.” – The Washington Post

“Melissa Aldana’s Visions proves itself a highlight of this year.” – Friedrich Kunzmann, All About Jazz

Melissa Aldana, saxophone (CL)
Lage Lund, guitar (NO)
Pablo Menares, bass (CL)
Kush Abadey, drums (US)


Espoo Big Band feat. Verneri Pohjola

In 1980 established Espoo Big Band is celebrating its 40th anniversary with the premiere of a new piece “Red” composed by Mikko Hassinen and conducted by Marzi Nyman. The orchestra is featured by brilliant improviser and trumpeter Verneri Pohjola and Yrjö awarded pianist Riitta Paakki.

The composition “Red” is a soundtrack for an imaginary murder case in 1500s Istanbul, inspired by Orhan Pamuk’s novel “My Name Is Red”. Composer Hassinen fuses jazz with world music traditions such as Arabic and Persian music and live electronics, to reshape the traditional big band sound.

Espoo Big Band (EBB) is one of Finland’s most prominent big jazz orchestras and it’s especially known for performing new Finnish big band music. Previously EBB has toured in Asia, Australia and Brazil, performed at several great festivals such as North Sea Jazz, Detroit, Montreaux and Paris and released ten albums.

Mikko Hassinen, arrangements and compositions, electronics
Verneri Pohjola, trumpet
Marzi Nyman, conductor
Espoo Big Band

Tickets from 35/29 € + delivery costs (from. 1 €), Lippupiste
Duration approximately 3h 15min, incl. intermission.