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Dana Protsenko / Bio

Before moving to Boston to study jazz singing at Berklee College of
Music, Dana Protsenko sang and recorded with a number of jazz groups, most notably the Down Beat award-winning American River College Advanced Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Traditional jazz band The New Lowdown, which played the Sacramento Jazz Festival. From that band came her beloved trio, a supportive group of musicians dedicated to collaboration and patient exploration of Dana’s musical ideas and growth, for which she is so grateful. In addition to jazz, Dana also spent time in the classical realm, performing solo classical recitals and singing with the Sacramento-based women’s vocal ensemble Vox

In her new adventures, Dana wants to continue to build her
improvisation skills and arrange tunes with more imagination and
courage. Most importantly, though, Dana wants to honor her feeling of
connection with the lyrics of a tune; this is the thing in a song she
is most drawn to, and she wants this to be her window into how she
will, through the most intimate performance, let the audience know
they are not alone in feeling these unspeakable emotions, the emotions only music can communicate. By singing the lyrics honestly, Dana wants to find that state between melancholy and happiness that she believes is so human. By touching on that, by sharing that space, she hopes to leave the audience happier than they were. The reason you sing the blues is to get rid of the blues: Dana wants to sing their blues to get rid of their blues and leave them feeling that someone is right there beside them.

By inhabiting this honest place in a tune, by keeping the tune’s
integrity, Dana hopes to be propelled into the space where lyrics are
no longer effective, where she embodies the spirit of the tune so
clearly that in the moment she leaves the lyrics in favor of improvisation, she wears her heart on her sleeve, making the tune her
own. After all, isn’t the beauty of jazz that an age-old standard will
never be played the same way twice? Whether she sings lyrics or scat syllables, her goal is to have a sense of imagination, courage,
honesty, and intimacy with every intake and exhale of breath and

General Info

Band Members
During these recordings I played with a wonderful trio! Nahum Zdybel-Guitar, Kellen Garcia-Bass, Pete Agraan-Drums
Artist Name
Dana Protsenko
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Boston, MA

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