Hanka G is one of the most well-respected jazz singers in Slovakia now living in New York City. Hanka is a rising star on the NYC scene, actively performing at some of the best venues with a great group featuring NYC veterans like Anthony Wonsey and Lonnie Plaxico. Hanka has won numerous jazz awards including "Jazz Man of the Year" 2017 in Slovakia. She was one of only two women to win this award in the last 26 years. Hanka has also been nominated for two Slovakian Grammys and has been acknowledged by Cassandra Wilson as "The Best of the Next Generation".
Born in Slovakia but raised in the Gobi desert, she learned about American music from her father, while soaking in the native music of Mongolia. When Hanka returned to Slovakia, she became immersed in Slovakian folk music. Hanka's jazz group now tries to direct all of these worlds influences through the lens of modern jazz.
Hanka has recorded three solo CD’s “Reflections Of My Soul“ (2007), “Essence“ (2014) and “Twin Flame“ (2017). She performs all over the world with her signature musical style of jazz, soul, gospel & world- music fusion.
Hanka is always on tour, most recently in Slovakia and Czech Republic. She has also opened for many artists such as Cassandra Wilson and Kurt Elling. Currently, Hanka is actively performing in NYC jazz clubs such as Smalls Jazz Club with her own quartet - Anthony Wonsey - piano, Lonnie Plaxico - bass & Taru Alexander - drums. She is also a guest lead singer in Memorial Baptist Church in Harlem, New York.
Throughout her career, Hanka has worked and performed with one of the best jazz musicians in the world: Marc Cary, Essiet Okon Essiet, Rodney Kendrick, Anthony Wonsey, Marcus McLaurine, Lonnie Plaxico, Reggie Workman, Stanley Banks, Taru Alexander, Carlton Holmes, Kris Funn, John R. Lamkin, Kenny Davis, Mimi Jones, and many others…
"The Best of the Next Generation"
Hanka acknowledged by Cassandra Wilson
The Best American jazz singer according to TIME magazine & two time Grammy winner
"The woman's voice is worth
gold in all positions"
for one of the most respected music portal in Germany,
"One of the most talented jazz singers of the present times. There are not many singers in 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." Jan Hocek
http://jazzport.cz, the most respected jazz portal inCzech Republic
"She weaves her lush alto voice through any set of changes with grace and case. Her artistry demands to be heard."
InConcert Magazine, USA
"I've had the opportunity to work with
Hanka in Africa and experience her
creativeness and richness of spirit...
It was an absolute pleasure to work
with her and I savor the moment to
have the opportunity to do it again."
pianist & producer, worked with Abbey Lincoln, James Brown, etc...
"Hanka has the most powerful and moving
voice since Betty Carter & Abbey Lincoln."
drummer, producer & son of tenor-saxophone player Roland Alexander,
worked with Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove, etc...