Photo by Paul Morejon
From New York to Spain: “The best of the next generation” jazz singer Hanka G is bringing to Spain her all-star quartet including Grammy award-winning bass player!
Hanka G is one of the most respected Slovak jazz & world-music singers, who resides and successfully performs at jazz & gospel scene in the heart of Afro-American culture in New York City for over three years. At the beginning of October, she will introduce her artistry on her European tour featuring one of the best musicians from the USA including Grammy award-winning bass player, Michael Bowie.
Hanka opened for Kurt Elling, toured Europe and has been acknowledged by her mentor Cassandra Wilson as "The Best of the Next Generation". She won numerous jazz awards including "Jazz Man of the Year" 2017 in Slovakia as the first woman in 26 years. Hanka has been nominated for two Slovakian Grammys for her latest two albums and is actively performing not only at some of the best venues in NYC with her all-star jazz quartet but also internationally.
Hanka will be accompanied by the veterans of the New York jazz scene Michael Bowie (bass), Grammy award-winning musician who played and recorded with jazz legends such as Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Patti LaBelle, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and many others. Taru Alexander (drums), Max Roach award-winning musician who performed & recorded with Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove and is currently a member of Kirk Lightsey & Mark Whitfield quartet and Justin Robinson quartet. Ondrej Krajnak (piano) is considered one of the best jazz pianists in Eastern & Central Europe. He cooperated with Hanka on all of her three albums. During his career, he participated in more than 40 recordings and cooperates with world-music gypsy star Ida Kellarova and many others.
In Spain, Hanka will be accompanied by Sebastian Chames (piano), who is considered “one of the pillars of "New Jazz" made in Spain” by Spanish Press Diario Abc. and who performed and recorded internationally with Jeremy Pelt, Steve Nelson, Willie Jones III, and many others. In Madrid, Ruben Carles (bass) will join the trio. He is multiple award-winning Spanish bass players performing internationally with musicians such as Lionel Loueke, Perico Sambeat, Phil Grenadier, Javier Vercher among many others.
Hanka and her quartet have prepared an unforgettable, passionate & authentic performance full of life stories, joy, love & sorrow connecting cultural heritage of two countries, Slovakia & the USA. This performance will take you on an extraordinary musical journey blending two different cultural traditions, where you will hear exciting mix of Slovak folk songs re-arranged to jazz & gospel from her second highly musically acclaimed CD “Essence“ and original instrumental compositions by world-famous jazz pianists vocalized by Hanka from her latest successful jazz record “Twin Flame“.