Melvis Santa and Ashedi – Oct 19

Minton's playhouse
206 West 118th Street



1st Set
7:30pm – Doors 6pm

2nd Set
9:30pm – Doors 9pm

Sets are 1 hour long
The admission price is $10.00 Sun- Wed. and $20 Thu- Sat. per set PLUS a 2 drink minimum. *
* Admission may increase depending upon a given week’s performance schedule.
During performances, quiet is enforced.




Havana-born artist Melvis Santa made a splash on the Cuban musical scene at 14, when she founded the collective Sexto Sentido—a project that jazz great Chucho Valdés deemed as “the best Cuban vocal quartet of the past 30 years”. Based in New York since 2014, she continues to make her mark as a performer who blurs the boundaries of Afro-Cuban music and jazz. Touching audiences and critics alike, her debut CD as a bandleader, Santa Habana, was critically acclaimed and nominated for the Cubadisco Awards in 2012. Her new compositions feature her project Ashedí, consisting of piano and batá drums.

Melvis Santa & Ashedi  -exploring the connections between her Afro Cuban rooted musical traditions, bolero and jazz influences; and Ellas-Son, an all-female ensemble formed by multi-instrumentalist and talented musicians honoring Women in Cuban Popular Music. With both she has performed at the historic Minton`s Playhouse jazz club, Bridland Jazz Club, the Zinc Bar, Subrosa, The Jazz Gallery and The Bronx Museum. Also in Miami, New Orleans, and Chicago.

Likewise, Melvis has collaborated with greats such as Roman Diaz, Ravi Coltrane, Steve Coleman, David Virelles, Gilles Peterson and Havana Cultura, Adam Cruz, Linda Oh, Fabian Almazan, Bill O`Connell and the Latin Jazz All Stars, Emeline Michel, Les Nubians, Chucho Valdes, Michel Legrand, Joao Donato, Emilio Santiago, Descemer Bueno, Buena Vista Social Club, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Silvio Rodriguez, Pablo Milanes, Muñequitos de Matanzas, Team Cuba de La Rumba with Rumberos de Cuba, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, among others.