Hanna and the Blue Hearts Duo
2nd Annual, Big Mike & Hanna PK at the Little
Mike D’Aurizio is a blues singer and harmonica player, a local musical legend, known for leading the high-energy band “Big Mike and the Motivators.”
Pianist, singer, and songwriter Hanna PK has been making a splash in and around Rochester NY. She’s never attended a music school, but her classroom has been multiple juke joints. There she learned from and played with what people call “The Real Deal” — It was her luck that even though Rochester isn’t exactly in the Delta region, the area’s blues scene is still carried on with authenticity by nationally-recognized bluesmen like Joe Beard and John Cole. In fact, the first time she got a chance to play with Joe Beard was at afestival celebrating Son House, who influenced countless blues greats such as Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.
When you hear Hanna, you’ll likely want to say that “you ain’t seen anything else like her”! Unlike in earlier times, now it’s uncommon to hear a singer who can accompany herself on a piano in a rather traditional blues style, with that strong left hand bass, and swinging and shuffling right hand freely cascading over it. It’s even more uncommon to hear such freshness and uniqueness added to the music that this young woman is so passionate to deliver. The way she locks down the groove, from her hands on the keys to her tapping toe, is engaging and entertaining. Then, she adds her sweet and soulful voice to completely captivate you.