New York-based award-winning Slovak jazz & world-music singer & lyricist Hanka G is presenting music from her two latest albums accompanied by one of the finest jazz musicians in New York jazz scene John Austria, Lonnie Plaxico & Taru Alexander.
Hanka will be presenting music from her second solo CD “Essence” (2014) dedicated to Slovak folklore music re-arranged to jazz creating a very unique fusion and third solo CD “Twin Flame” (2016) where she is introducing herself as a talented lyricists vocalizing instrumental tunes of domestic as well as world-famous jazz piano players. Both CDs have been nominated for “The Best Jazz Record of the Year“ in “Radio_Head Awards“ in Slovakia.
Hanka G is New York-based award-winning Slovak jazz & world-music singer & lyricist. She is the recipient of the most respected jazz award in Slovakia, Martonik’s award - “Jazzman of The Year 2017” and second woman awarded this honor within 26 years. With her signature blend of jazz, soul, gospel and world music, she has performed on the domestic and international jazz scene for well over a decade. Hanka has released three solo albums under her own name as well as collaborations with Slovak and American musicians. She opened for Kurt Elling and Cassandra Wilson in Europe. With Cassandra Wilson’s support and representation by Ojah Media Group, Hanka moved to NYC under her sponsorship in August 2016. Besides being actively involved & performing at the NY Jazz scene, Hanka is also the guest lead singer for the Memorial Baptist Church in Harlem. She has performed with Anthony Wonsey, Marcus McLaurine, Kris Funn, John R. Lamkin, Theo Hill, Marc Cary, Essiet Okon Essiet, Reggie Workman, Rodney Kendrick, Kenny Davis, Mimi Jones among others.
Band members: John Austria (piano) Lonnie Plaxico (bass) Taru Alexander (drums)
"The best of the next generation!" Hanka acknowledged by Cassandra Wilson - the best American jazz singer according to TIME magazine & two times Grammy winner
"Just took time to listen to your Twin Flame CD. You have produced a beautiful product. I believe you have a brilliant career ahead of you. Glad to hear your music and sensitive lyrics." Reggie Workman - American avant-garde jazz & hard bob double bassist, recognized for his work with both John Coltrane and Art Blakey.
"The woman's voice is worth gold in all positions" Andreas Schiffmann, Germany http://musikreviews.de
"One of the most talented jazz singers of the present times. There are not many singers from Europe who truly embody jazz when they sing. Hanka is not trying to sing jazz - she comes by it naturally. Her vibrant, gospel-filled voice with the vocal power of a Mahalia Jackson expresses sorrow but also resolution." Hanka acknowledged by Jan Hocek - http://jazzport.cz, the most respected jazz portal inCzech Republic
"I loved listening to your CD Twin Flame, it's very soulful. You have a wonderful project and your singing is quite superb! Wishing tons of success." T.K. Blue - American jazz saxophonist, flutist, educator and musical director of legendary pianist & composer Randy Weston. T.K. is known for his cooperation with Don Cherry, Abdullah Ibrahim and Jayne Cortez.