Melissa Aldana – Winner
Saturday, February 8 – TIX
Melissa Aldana is a tenor saxophonist originally from Santiago, Chile. She has been a working bandleader in New York since 2009 and has released two albums on the Inner Circle label. She is the first woman to ever win an instrumental Monk competition.
Tivon Pennicott – Runner-Up
Saturday, February 22 – TIX
Tivon was born in Marietta, Georgia. He began studying tenor saxophone in high school, garnering recognition early on as an outstanding soloist in the Lincoln Center’s “Essentially Ellington” competition.