Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival 2016

Fifth Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival 2016 - Wed 2 - Sun 13 November

Sydney International Jazz Festival, Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) and Anthony & Sharon Lee Foundation 

Melissa Aldana Trio (Chile/USA), Ingrid and Christine Jensen (Canada/USA with Mike Nock Trio), Tricia Evy, Sydney Women’s Jazz Collective, Gian Slater, Barney McAll & Simon Barker Trio, That Red Head (Lozz Benson), Queen Porter Stomp, Microfiche and Hieronymus Trio, Festival Band Night at venue 505 (Sorche Alburquerque Trio, Crossover and Pheno)

Building on the outstanding success of the 2015 event, this year’s Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival presents a remarkably diverse roster of established stars on the international jazz scene alongside a lineup of exceptionally talented local artists in a dynamic program of ticketed and free events. 

The Festival is proud to welcome the Melissa Aldana Trio (Chile/USA), making their Sydney debut as part of its first Australian tour. Also premiering are acclaimed jazz stars Ingrid and Christine Jensen (CAN/US) collaborating with the newly formed 10-piece Sydney Women’s Jazz Collective as well as the Mike Nock Trio. The Jazz Collective is our major local jazz project and will also perform a concert of specially commissioned pieces by established and rising Australian jazz composers. The cultural diversity is also emphasised with artists such as Tricia Evy from France and Tara Tiba from Iran. 

Once again, the Festival hub is Foundry 616 in Ultimo with Venue 505 in Surry Hills hosting a special Band Night featuring music that effortlessly blurs the traditional genre boundaries. Jazz at the Powerhouse offers free screenings, performances, musical tours and talks at The Powerhouse Museum. And for the festival finale… music on the Goods Line adjacent to The Powerhouse Museum and a special Festival Vinyl, Record and CD Fair at Foundry 616.


Melissa Aldana

Born in Santiago, Chile, tenor saxophonist and composer Melissa Aldana burst on to the Chilean jazz scene where she gained tremendous respect for her forthright approach to music.

As a child Melissa studied with her renowned saxophonist father Marcos Aldana (son of saxophonist Enrique Aldana, whose Selmer Mark VI tenor Melissa performs with to this day).

After moving to New York she quickly became part of the city’s jazz scene. Subsequent touring and recording has cemented Melissa’s reputation as one of the brightest talents of her generation. A considered and persuasive improviser, Melissa explores both her own music and the standard repertoire with her trio, featuring countryman Pablo Menares (bass), joined by Colin Stranahan (drums).


Melissa Aldana at the Sydney International Women's Jazz Festival

at Foundry 616  Wednesday, 2 November 2016 from 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM



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