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Thana Alexa

Surprising is the word that perhaps best describes Grammy® nominated, Downbeat cover artist and winner of the International Songwriting Competition, Thana Alexa, an extraordinarily creative force in music. Her 2x Grammy® nominated album ONA (self-release, March 2020), was inspired by the cross generational and cross-cultural stories of the immigrant women in her family and evolved into an exploration of the experiences of contemporary women everywhere. 

ONA has spawned more female-focused projects: Alexa, together with Grammy® nominated artist, Nicole Zuraitis and first-call bassist, Julia Adamy formed SONICA, a dynamic trio that incorporates intricate vocal harmonies, electronics, vocal loops, percussion, electric bass, and keyboards over a blend of original music and modern arrangements. The trio’s self-titled debut album, fully engineered, produced and mixed by Thana Alexa was released on September 30, 2022 via Outside In Music. The album was listed as one of Downbeat Magazine's "Best Albums of 2022." Alexa also created the project Founding Mothers of Jazz in conjunction with MusicTalks Concerts to honor the history of women in jazz, many who are not historically recognized for their contributions because of their gender. 

One of Alexa’s most important and ongoing collaborations has been with her husband, four-time Grammy® winner Antonio Sanchez. Alexa has recorded 3 albums with his band Migration and toured with the group worldwide. Alexa also sings lead vocal in the live production of Sanchez's newest project, Bad Hombre, which features the music of 12 guest artists who appear on his album, including Trent Reznor, Dave Matthews, Meshell Ndegeocello, Lila Downs, Kimbra, Silvana Estrada, Thana Alexa, her trio SONICA and others. The album, SHIFT (Bad Hombre Vol. II) was released on August 26, 2022 on Warner Music

During the 2020 Coronavirus lockdown, Alexa made headlines as a co-founder of what Rolling Stone called the first “virtual jazz festival” and fundraising initiative, Live From Our Living Rooms. Together with co-founders Owen Broder and Sirintip, the team contracted over 120 artists, raised over $140,000, and helped facilitate grants to over 100 US based musicians in need. Live From Our Living Rooms received attention from Rolling Stone, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the BBC, and more. 


• 2021 Grammy® nominated artist (Best Jazz Vocal Album) • 2021 Winner - Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll Rising Star Female Vocalist • 2021 Jazz Journalist AssociationNominee for Vocalist of the Year • Co-Founder/ Executive Director of LiveFrom Our Living Rooms (raised over$140k for artists during pandemic) • May 2020 Downbeat Cover Artist • 2019 Cafe Royal Cultural FoundationMusic Grantee • Runner up 2014 Made in NY JazzCompetition • Winner 2011 Jazzon Alpe-Adria International Composition Competition • 2011 Nominee Best Jazz Composition award by Porin (Croatian Music Academy)


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Read "ONA" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

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Live From Our Living Rooms: An Online Music Festival and Fundraiser Runs April 1st through April 7th

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Source: Lydia Liebman Promotions

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Vocalist Thana Alexa Immortalizes Personal and Musical Influences on Path to Self-Discovery with Debut Album, "Ode To Heroes"

Source: All About Jazz

Available March 10 via Jazz Village Album Features Collaborations with Antonio Sanchez, Donny McCaslin, and Scott Colley “Ode To Heroes is an impressive collection of ambitious music beautifully pulled together by the powerful vocals of Thana Alexa that gives it all continuity. Alexa's music is challenging, but her use of the musicians and her voice makes everything sound natural and easy." —Pat Metheny “Thana Alexa is a great new talent...has a beautiful voice and is a great composer and bandleader... ...

“Each [ONA] track brings a new lens to the female experience: from prophesies disbelieved, to resistance, to sexuality, to awareness of mother earth herself.” - Forbes

"...a jazz singer with a global perspective..." - The New York Times

"...Thana Alexa stood out, turning a style of scatting that’s become cliche into something entirely new, evocative, and exhilarating!" - Billboard

"Thana isn't afraid to take risks. Her vocal performances are powerful, vulnerable, joyful, spiritual and genuine. Her use of rhythm, textures and intricate harmonies is unique and at times, complex

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Primary Instrument



New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


• New School University Faculty (2021-present) • New York Jazz Academy (2016 - present) • JMI Summer Jazz Camp - Groznjan, Croatia (2018 - present) • Mark Murphy's Music - South Orange, NJ (2014 - present) • Langnau Jazz Workshop (July 2015) • Frank Sinatra School of the Arts After SchoolProgram (2009 - 2010)



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Self Produced


Lagos Pepper Soup

Self Produced


All Wandering Hearts

Dot Time Records



SIMP Records



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