Female Saxophonist Wins Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition
The first female instrumentalist has won the annual competition of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the most prestigious in the world.
Each year, the institute focuses on a different instrument. Saxophonist Melissa Aldana, originally from Santiago, Chile, took first prize — a $25,000 scholarship and a record deal.
- Melissa Aldana, saxophone player. She tweets @melissaaldana.
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