My love and passion for Jazz & Swing originated in very early days at the age of ten and this music has been playing a major part in my life ever since. I doubt many young boys fall in love with the stories sang by century talents such as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, or Dean Martin but for me, it was a whole new world of tunes, when I first got to listen to them twenty-five years ago.
This music was also my motivation to learn the percussions and to start working with my voice very early on. I would stand in my room, holding the remote control of my first stereo, picturing it to be a golden microphone while dreaming of standing on a beautiful stage, wearing a tuxedo and singing to a fabulous crowd. As I grew older, I also grew fonder of the lovely poems and stories expressed in many of these songs. I always enjoyed the fact that this particular music genre simply offered the perfect song and tale for any occasion and situation in life. I mean, where else can you find this?
With the years, I laid the foundation to become a private banker, my actual profession for fifteen years now, but the passion for this music and music in general always acted as a faithful companion throughout the years. Singing regularly was not only a joy but also a necessity for me. I moved from Frankfurt to the Swiss mountains, then to Boston, and eventually to Zurich, my adopted home today. The great classics from the roaring 20’s onwards were always in my suitcase and they did not only fulfill me with joy but they also provided me with comfort and strength.
Producing a record of my own had been a dream for most part of my life, but it required age, courage, and resources. Only by 2014, I came around to produce my first album “The Essential”, a selection of fifteen classics from the “Great American Songbook” with the exception of one charming German song, which I partially chose to pay tribute to my roots.
All of this was only possible due to the contacts and friendships I had built over the years when singing live with wonderful musicians at special family gathering or other occasions. And it is thanks to my dear friend Peter Reiter-Schaub, that I was able to bring my first project to life in first place. He worked out the beautiful arrangements that impressed me in all these years and made sure to find the right musicians to bring my very own versions to life. Without his exceptional talent, none of this would have been possible.
End of 2016, I was able to release my second album “When the World was Young”, which mostly continued where I had left my listeners a couple of years earlier and contributed greatly to my dream – to make some of the most beautiful music ever written, just a tiny bit, my own. The album also went digital and it was nice for me to experience that some of my music even made it to various Jazz radio channels in Europe.
Well, and here we are again and let me say just in time!
I am so proud to be able to share with you my third and perhaps favorite record yet “All or Nothing at All”. On this album, you will be able to experience my continued passion for the American classics and my versions of an unparalleled chapter of music history. With twenty-one songs on the record, it has been my most ambitious and largest project so far and once more, thanks to my incredibly talented friend Peter and some of the finest musicians out there, you are able to enjoy some great music.
Enjoy and thanks for listening!
Alexander M. Thoma, Zurich, December 2018