The Winter Jazz Series continues with two shows each evening at Palace Theater Poli Club on Friday February 7 2014 at 7:30 PM & 9:30
Thana Alexa is undoubtedly a rising star. Her high level of musicianship, beautiful voice and powerful stage presence are quickly earning her a reputation in New York City as a competent, creative and reliable addition to any band. Her unique compositions and arrangements, in which she regularly uses the voice as an instrument, bring together elements of jazz, pop and rock, making her popular both among listeners and players.
Thana’s first solo album “Ode to Heroes”, set for release in 2013 includes original compositions and arrangements marking a huge step in her career as a bandleader. The album features an incredible band of musicians including: Antonio Sanchez, Jorge Roeder, Sergio Salvatore, and Lenart Krecic. Special guests on the album also include Donny McCaslin, Scott Colley and Christos Rafalides.
Thana has performed with renowned musicians such as Antonio Sanchez, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Lenny White, Buster Williams, Donny McCaslin, George Colligan, Junior Mance, Boris Kozlov, Ari Hoenig, Gene Jackson, and Satoshi Takeishi, among others. Thana has also had the opportunity to record with several artists around the world.
Thana recorded on Antonio Sanchez’s album “New Life”, composed for and recorded on an upcoming album of Bernard “Pretty” Purdie’s, on the most recent album of Gene Ess’s called “Fractal Attraction”, and also on Croatian pianist Matija Dedic’s album “Friends”.
In 2011 “Siena”, Thana’s original composition recorded on “Friends” was nominated by the Croatian Music Academy, PORIN, for Best Jazz Composition, and the album was nominated for Best Jazz Album. This nomination was an enormous honor given that these awards are considered the country’s equivalent of the GRAMMY.
Thana won the 2011 Jazzon Alpe-Adria International Competition for Composers for her composition, “Ode to Heroes”, which is the title track of her upcoming album.
Thana is a graduate of the New School University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz and Contemporary Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Although born in New York City, Thana grew up in Croatia – her family’s country of origin – where she was mentored for many years by vibraphonist and club owner, Bosko Petrovic.
Tickets & info available at www.PalaceTheaterCT.org or through the Box Office at 203-346-2000
Friday February 28 – Andrew Hadro / Nick Roseboro Project
Friday March 28 – Carolyn Leonhart with special guest Wayne Escoffrey
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