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Thana Alexa Project with Special Guests Kevin Hays & Antonio Sanchez

  • Jazz Standard 116 East 27th Street New York, NY, 10016 United States (map)

Shows at 7:30pm & 9:30pm:

Vocalist/Composer Thana Alexa's debut album "Ode To Heroes" (Harmonia Mundi/Jazz Village) pays tribute to the personalities both personal and musical who have impacted her on the path to forging her own distinctively individual voice. It’s a telling list, including jazz giants like Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus, and Paul Desmond; and the stellar musicians who col­laborate with her on the album, including drummer and album co–producer Antonio Sanchez, the music composer for the 2014 film Birdman; saxophonist Donny McCaslin, and bassist Scott Colley. Ode To Heroes mainly features Alexa’s engaging original compositions, along with vibrant takes on jazz standards like Shorter’s “Footprints” and Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat.” Most importantly, the album spotlights the singer’s ability to engage in illuminating conversation with some of the music’s most re­nowned and forward–thinking players. Alexa is an active member of Antonio Sanchez' touring ensemble Migration and has recorded two critically acclaimed albums with the group (New Life and The Meridian Suite). Alexa has also been an active member of guitarist Gene Ess's Fractal Attraction, recording three albums together for which she also contributed original compositions and lyrics. She came in 2nd place in the 2014 Made in New York Jazz Competition and won the 2011 Jazzon Alpe-Andria International Competition for “Ode To Heroes,” while “Siena” was nominated for a Best Jazz Composition award by PORIN, the Croatian Music Academy.

Thana Alexa – voice

Ben Flocks – tenor saxophone

Kevin Hays – keyboards

Noam Wiesenberg – bass

Antonio Sanchez – drums 

Earlier Event: March 15
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
Later Event: March 17
Vinicius Cantuaria Quintet