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"In the Moment" with Melissa Aldana

Aldana has been in the United States for 10 years, pursuing a path in music that has been quite rewarding for her. A winner of the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition (the first woman and first international winner), she has maintained a steady and fulfilling stream of local gigs, studio albums, and touring, the latter accounting for most of earnings. But how did she get from being a six-year-old alto player to a critically acclaimed tenor saxophonist at 29?