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Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: May 4, 1981

Stan Getz’s 1952 rendition of “Body and Soul” set her on her career path. Educated herself with albums, traveled for hours to take four lessons a week. Was playing professionally at age 16.

Meilana McLean Gillard is a young tenor saxophonist and composer residing in Brooklyn, New York. She enjoys creating music that is not held captive by any particular genre or label.

Taking full advantage of NYC's vast artistic culture: Most recently, Meilana performed at Minton's Playhouse and Sweet Rhythm, with Charli Persip and Tyshawn Sorey. Meilana recently recorded with Joan Osborne and Greg Osby. Meilana leads her own groups, Quintet Nouveau and Heartland, and co-leads Symmetry with baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian (Mingus Big Band). Meilana has been a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra since 2001. She has performed with artists such as Lou Rawls, Rene Marie, Johny Mathis, Mary Wilson, Debbie Reynolds, Toni Tennile, Benny Rietveld, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Gary Bartz....
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”She is a name to remember...” —Scott Yanow


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