Programme

June 2017 PRINT
1
Thursday
jazz and blues

The most distinguished Czech writer on jazz, the late Lubomir Doruzka noted thatLibor Smoldas most definitely attested to his current standing alongside the finest guitarists of the generation of players in their thirties, words of praise which were duly upheld by the US specialized website All About Jazz, commending the immaculate musical coordination shown by the band in every performance. Its leader's outstanding instrumental and creative dispositions as a guitarist receives a mighty boost from the creative potential of his fellow- players, organist Jakub Zomer and Vaclav Palka on drums. The Libor Smoldas Organ Trio is a continuation of his former quartet which over the seven years of its existence, it has produced three albums, and has played hundreds of gigs on platforms in this country, as well as in the UK, Italy, Poland, Bulgaria, and on tour in the United States.

Hammond organ
Guitar
Drums
2
Friday
vocal jazz standards

Czech jazz vocalist Elena Sonnenshine knows how to swing a standard. Since she came onto Prague's music scene, Elena has risen quickly to become one of the Czech Republic top jazz vocalists. She sings regulary in London jazz clubs and has finished her studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Based in Prague, Elena performs with her own band, Jocose Jazz. Jocose arrangements include original compositions, as well as standards. Every member of the ensemble combines like colours on a canvas. Elena's mature and heart-felt, sometimes soulful, othertimes almost whispered vocal gives the impression of being intentionally just another colour in the palette and indeed sometimes are -the scat/vocalise sections most refreshing. However, it is her voice that gives meaning to the music and the essential feminine dimension. Similar Artists: Annie Ross, Natalie Cole, Diane Reeves, King Pleasure.

Vocal
El. guitar
Double bass
Special offer
3
Saturday
arranged jazz standards

Trumpet and flugehorn player Mr. Julius Baroš and his trio is a very good opportunity to make your Prague visit an experience. Let yourself be embraced with good jazz and snap your fingers to swinging jazz or ballads, projected by scintillating tones of Mr. Baroš. His playful melodic lines and imaginative improvisation flowing out of his horn and with his excellent backing group will make any jazz standard stomp your feet. Just open your ears and let the music do the rest by joining a jazz cruise along the Vltava River.

Guitar
Drums
Double bass
Trumpet
4
Sunday
original sax time

Daniel Bulatkin is a new face on the Czech jazz scene. He was born in 1999 in Prague, where he currently studies high school. When he was 15 years old, he won 3rd place in the prestigious solo piano improvisation competition ‘Pianist of the Year 2015’ organised by the company ‘Petrof’. He defended his 3rd place in the following year of the competition, which was won by Vít Křišťan.

He is a private student of many recognised pianists in the Czech Republic and abroad (Omer Klein, Brian Charette, Vojtěch Eckert, Jiří Levíček etc.) and he also perfects his craft on several workshops (among others with the bebop legend George Cables).

The new jazz ensemble under his leadership formed in August 2016 on a studio session with American players Neil Wetzel (alto sax) and Gary Rissmiller (drums). The original premise of the group was to perform less known compositions of famous musicians of the post-bop era (Bill Evans, Woody Shaw, Herbie Hancock etc.), however, the group now focuses more and more on original compositions of all members. 

The foundation of the band consists, aside from bandleader Daniel Bulatkin (piano), the Dutch saxophonist Cyrille Oswald (or alternation by Andy Schofield (sax, 6.8.), Tomáš Baroš (bouble base) and Marek Urbánek (drums).
Keyboard
Saxophone
Drums
Double bass
5
Monday
blues

Charlie Slavík is one of the most respected players on the harmonica in the Czech Republic, he is also an exceptional vocalist, tonight performing in a trio. He will show his flawless musical talents and will imbue his audience with a positive charge which is always present at his concerts.

Mouth organ
Keyboard
Guitar
6
Tuesday
swing of the 30'

Let yourself be carried away by amazing atmosphere of American 20's and 30's, just like Czech singer and actress Adéla Zejfartová did already back in her years of studies at conservatory of Prague. Her love to the „sunny" music led her to the legendary Original Prague Syncopated Orchestra, where she performs up to the present day and where she met other musicians, who feel amazed by an old music. In 2012 they established Sunny Swing Quintet (or Quartet/Trio). Tonight Adéla will be accompanied by Trio, performing: Václav Tobrman – piano, Antonín Šturma – double bass, Michal Zpěvák – clarinet. You can hear their interpretation and contemporary stylisation of the most famous songs of golden jazz and beginning swing era. With reference to famous American singers of the date, e.g. Ruth Etting or Anette Hanshaw, Adéla will bring you back to feel the authentic atmosphere of the jazz age.

Piano
Vocal
Saxophone
Double bass
7
Wednesday
arranged jazz standards

The Otto Hejnic Trio is that relatively unusual creature, a drummer-led piano trio. The group hails from the Czech Republic where One, its debut, was recorded in late 2011. It's an impressive first release. The trio—Hejnic, Ondrej Krajňák on piano and Josef Fečo on double bass—proves to be a tight and dynamic unit. The music, all Hejnic's original tunes, displays straight-ahead, Latin and European classical influences combined to create an album of varied moods and tempos performed with a consistently high standard of musicianship. 

The compositions on One move from the gentle, meditative, sound of "Preludium For Angela" to the more aggressive, edgier music of "Labyrinth." The trio is more than capable of matching that movement. 

Piano
Drums
Double bass
Special offer
8
Thursday
jazz and blues

Is a trio without harmonic instrument, focused on the interpretation of original compositions and arrangements of classic jazz standards (Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis).

Miroslav Hloucal is well known trumpet player on Czech jazz scene. He is also a composer, arranger and recording artist on studio sessions of all types of music.

During his studies at the Conversatory and College of Jaroslav Ježek started to collaborate with the leaders of the Czech jazz scene, among which include , for example Emil Viklický, Roman Pokorný, Karel Růžička, Matej Benko, Gustav Brom Big Band and others.

He was also fortunate to have met on stage with world legends such as Benny Golson, Harry Sokal, Hiram Bullock and others.

Trumpet
Drums
Double bass
9
Friday
jazz standards & swing

Swio is a formation of young, energetic musicians whose paths have crossed at their studies of music schools in Prague.

Jan Bradáč is responsible for creative, technically accurate, but also lovely sound of his violin. The velvet and captivating sound of the guitar and vocals can you hear thanks to Tomáš Janoška, who is also our arranger. Colourful and solid sound of contrabass is brought to you by Lukáš Holubík.

The repertoire of this trio is based on jazz and swing standards, arranged by guitarist Tomáš Janoška. 

Double bass
Violin
Guitar + vocal
10
Saturday
vocal jazz standards

Jana Koubková  is the best well known Czech jazz singer abroad (and at home of course). She is very good at scat and improvisation, went through various styles from blues and swing through mainstream, bebop, jazz-rock, latin, freejazz up to world- ethno and fusion.  Her vocal  Jazzboat performance is focused on jazz standards, bosanovas and latin jazz.  Each of her shows bears the stamps of originality and the sense of the ambience of the place where she appears. She always manages to establish a spontaneous contact with the audience. She participatied in a large number of international festivals in this country and abroad, such as in Algeria, Ivory coast, Senegal, Lebanon, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Cuba, Russia, Sweden, Holland, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, Lithuania. Jana Koubková publishes in media - writes short essays, brief articles, poetry, comments.

Keyboard
Vocal
Drums
Double bass
11
Sunday
fusion jazz

Rajnošek B.and  composes and performs his own material. His rendition of jazz connects dominant melody with free-jazz approach. The material is written only by Bharata Rajnošek; he is also the most dominant soloist who uses the different timbre and dynamics of various wind instruments.

As the name suggests, the primary drive of the band is Bharata Rajnošek. A master of almost any wind instrument (especially the saxophone and trumpet) is a graduate from the Konzervatoř Jaroslava Ježka and from a course at the Berklee College of Music. He is a theatre music composer, a co-author of an opera, and an occasional collaborator at the concerts or recording sessions for a number of musicians of all genres.

Other members of the band are Jaroslav Friedl (guitar, also plays in Illustratosphere), Vítek Pospíšil (keyboards), Petr Dvorský (bass) and Otto Hejnic (drums).

B.AND is a group known for their forward motion and inventiveness … they are definitely not afraid of taking musical risks. A stimulating dynamic of interaction and spontaneity assures that the group live performances are always lighthearted and full of surprises.

Bass guitar
Keyboard
Trumpet
El. guitar
Saxophone
12
Monday
arranged jazz standards

Roman Pokorny was born on April 2nd, 1966 in Moravsky Krumlov. He spent his childhood in small village Horni Dunajovice. He was very interested in music since the age of 3 and by 6 he was playing already in the family band during various events. At first he took drums and base guitar lessons, later he chose guitar as his main instrument. In his students years he played in various bands. Later he fell into jazz and following his ideals, guitarists Jim Hall, Ed Bickert, Kenny Burrel, Wes Montgomery, Johny Smith or Grant Green, he studied harmony and all theories related to good quality jazz music. Roman started his professional career in 1991 in Brno, where he performed in the famous Gustav Brom big band combos of soloists. He was fortunate to play under bandmasters Jaromir Hnilicka, Gunter Koci, Josef Audes or Mojmir Bartek. Here Roman obtained his first professional experiences. He was also part of the Ornis of Jazz expert Jan Beranek. In 1993 Roman became part of Ostrava band of Boris Urbanek TUTU. The same year he was nominated by the Czech Jazz society The New Musician of the Year. In 1994 Roman intensively absorbed in his own music established Roman Pokorny Quartet. He also founded Trio of chamber jazz with Jarda Hnilicka. Again he was nominated by the Czech Jazz Society The New Musician of the Year and his band was nominated The Band of the Year. In 1995 he published his CD Magic Holidays and CD Sun Dance (the later with TUTU band). He was involved on both CDs as a composer as well. Roman worked with Michal Pavlicek on Roman Dragouns’ CD - Stin my krve (Shadow of My Blood). He was awarded The Best Solo Interpret of the Trencin Jazz Festival. Nominated again by the Czech Jazz Society The New Musician of the Year and Band of the Year.

?In 1997 Roman established Roman Pokorny Trio (guitar, drums and bass). He also started long term cooperation with singer Yvonne Sanchez. Nominated by the Czech Jazz Society The New Musician of the Year and Band of the Year. In 1996 worked with Emil Viklicky and Boris Urbanek on the CD UV Drive. Nominated by the Czech Jazz Society The New Musician of the Year and Band of the Year. In 1998 Roman put out a CD Jazz Perception. It involved septet - Roman Pokorny Trio and Gabo Jonas (organ), Juraj Bartos (trumpet), Stepan Markovic (sax) and Svata Kosvanec (trombone). Finally was his band awarded The Best Band of the Year and he himself was nominated The Musician of the Year. The same year Roman published with Vincent Kumr and Lada Kerndl CD Tribute to Duke Ellington. In the Czech Jazz Society and magazine Harmonie inquiry was Roman awarded The Best Jazz Guitar Player of the Year 1998. The same year he started producing albums also of other singers and bands. In 1999 Roman performed on jazz festivals in Beirut and Berlin and he had successful USA tour. He put out CD Blue Point.

His CD Jazz Perception was awarded by the Czech Jazz Society The Best Jazz CD of the Year. Editor’s office of the magazine Stereo a Video awarded The Best Album of the Year Romans’ work Acoustic Grooves, which was made for Studio Fontana. In 2000 Roman established Jazz Formation Analogic. He was inspired by the hard rock, blues, soul and funky of 60’s and 70’s. Using his own expressive means Roman made original fusion of the above mentioned music styles and jazz. He performed at the Jazz festival in Riga, arranged authors’ vocal album for Lada Kerndl. Often Roman performed with excellent singer Tonya Graves and played concerts and worked on a CD with his formation Roman Pokorny & Blues Box Heroes.

During 2001 Roman played with his Jazz Trio, Blues Box Heroes, with band of Yvonne Sanchez and with Tinny Blues band with Juwana Jenkins. He published CD I Suddenly Realised with Lada Kerndl. On this album Roman composed 10 pieces and 3 standards were arranged to fit the form of the album. It was the first lyric authors’ jazz album in the Czech Republic. The year 2002 was significant for cooperation with Italian Hammondist Alberto Mersico. Roman published CD with Bady Zboril (drums) and Alberto Marsico, in production of Arta records. The simple name of this CD ’03 was mainly Romans’ work as an author. Blues Box Heroes presented their debut album in 2003 with old well-proven blues standards as well as Roman authors’ compositions. After 2 years Roman put out his multimedia double-CD 2 Faces. On one CD we find live performance of the Trio from Jazz club U Stare Pani and on the other long awaited album of the Blues Box Heroes on which are lyrics from British singer Jamie Marshall and as one of the performers Yvonne Sanchez.

On the CD is also a short film in the format MPEG2 and PC game “ROBOX” for fans of the Roman Pokorny Trio simulation of this band. Both additional bonuses are made for PC.

2005 was a breaking year for Blues Box Heroes and Roman as an author using more and more of his own composed music, in which are new Jazz and Hard Rock elements, still respecting blues essence. Jazz Trio grew into Quartet which have guitar, trumpet, bass and drums. On the Quartet concerts Roman currently presents both his older and more recent pieces from the album 2 Faces. The CD 2 Faces became within very short time the bestseller among Romans’ albums.

Double bass
Drums
El. guitar
13
Tuesday
traditional jazz, dixieland

Very entertaining dixie band! Evening full of traditional jazz and famous tunes by L. Armstrong. Always great atmosphere on board. Saxophone and vocal, double base, bandjo and trumpet make up your night!

Trumpet
Vocal
Banjo
Saxophone
Double bass
14
Wednesday
arranged jazz standards

This extraordinary jazz group crystalized from the co-operation of great musicians,

who - in spite of thirty years age difference between them  - make absolutely compact

ensemble, which according to it´s necessities, is able to play all styles of jazz music.

TRIALOG produces jazz of chambre character, and with it´s ambitiousness it asks

for high requirements concerning instrumental virtuosity of all musicians. The members of

this Trio represent by their artistic level the very top of Czech jazz music.

 Their repertoir is formed mosty by compositions of all members of this Trio and it is completed

 by jazz standards in their own, original edits.


Petr "Benny" Beneš – piano, Štěpánka Balcarová - trumpet, flugelhorn, Petr Kořínek - bass, 

                                                 

 

      

Trumpet
Piano
Double bass
15
Thursday
jazz standards

The singer Miriam Bayle is quite a well hidden treasure in the world of jazz vocalists. The Miriam Bayle Quartet is by no means an accompaniment unit, a phenomenon, which is far too often wittnessed in many vocalist's cases. Fortunately it is a group of distinctive individuals capable of working towards the collective. Her bandmates have an abundance of jazz craftmanship, they can also create an athmosphere to make Bayle feel at home. Many colleagues from the field of jazz vocals - Janis Siegel, Tierney Sutton, Karin Allyson and many others, similarly as Miriam Bayle wish to be a true part of the band. They also know how to use their voice as an instrument, which is another strength of Miriam Bayle, the "Queen of Scat". One can only stand in awe trying to understand where Bayle finds so much depth and energy to her voice, uncompromised swing feel and perfect English pronunciation. Miriam Bayle is gifted by all these atributes and in addition to that she knows how to handle her talents. Come experience Bayle's mesmerizing voice, the drumming explosions of Tomáš Hobzek, the sensible comping and brilliant solos of pianist Matej Benko, Petr Dvorský's on double bass. If you looking for a smooth and cosy jazz music, Miriam Bayle Band is just what you are looking for!

Miriam Bayle Quartet: Miriam Bayle – voice, scat Petr Dvorský – d-bass, Adam Tvrdý - el. guitar, Dano Šoltys – drums.

Vocal
El. guitar
Drums
Double bass
16
Friday
swing of the 30'

Let yourself be carried away by amazing atmosphere of American 20's and 30's, just like Czech singer and actress Adéla Zejfartová did already back in her years of studies at conservatory of Prague. Her love to the „sunny" music led her to the legendary Original Prague Syncopated Orchestra, where she performs up to the present day and where she met other musicians, who feel amazed by an old music. In 2012 they established Sunny Swing Quintet (or Quartet/Trio). Tonight Adéla will be accompanied by Trio, performing: Václav Tobrman – piano, Antonín Šturma – double bass, Michal Zpěvák – clarinet. You can hear their interpretation and contemporary stylisation of the most famous songs of golden jazz and beginning swing era. With reference to famous American singers of the date, e.g. Ruth Etting or Anette Hanshaw, Adéla will bring you back to feel the authentic atmosphere of the jazz age.

Piano
Vocal
Saxophone
Double bass
17
Saturday
jazz and blues

This jazz band consist of the Slovak singer Lucia Radecká and the trio: well-known pianist Stanislav Mácha, multi instrumentalist  and recently very sought-after basist Jan Fečo and excellent sideman, drummer and percussionist Radek Němejc. All of whom go back to the roots of the jazz. Their repertoire consist mainly of jazz standards and blues compositions enriched by their own arrangements and performances.

Keyboard
Vocal
Drums
Double bass
18
Sunday
original sax time

Ondrej Štverácek’s thunderous tenor sax recalls ‘new breed’ reedmen like Steve Grossman and Dave Liebman who honed their sound in the billowing wake of John Coltrane’s legacy. It is impossible not to hear echoes of the icon in this young Czech lion - a whole-horn, sound-for-its-own-sake approach with chops to support any idea that occurs - but he is clearly on his way to a more original concept with What’s Outside. On “Out-Sight” and Coltrane’s “Africa” Štverácek nearly melts the remaining varnish from his faded sax, taxing his reed with overblown immediacy while “Weaver of Dreams” reveals a gentler side; unlike his idol, he eschews ‘shaggy-dog’ storytelling in favor of succinct, songserving narratives. Pianist Ondrej Krajnak provides a subtle, supple foil for Štveráček´s sonic blitz.
TOM GREENLAND (New York City Journalist)

Double bass
Drums
Saxophone
Piano
19
Monday
jazz and blues

Tonight Jakub is performing with Steve Walsh on guitar and Martin Šulc on drums. Jakub is one of the most promising young musicians in Prague. His repertoire is build on the firm foundations of the most beautiful songs from area of jazz, blues and  bossanova. Jakub graduated from the Conservatory of Jaroslav Jezek, where he is currently a Professor. Jakub is a true student of the blues, and can bang it out like Sunnyland Slim on the piano, or groove it like Jimmy Smith on the organ. Jakub' s main blues influences are Ray Charles, Charles Brown and B. B. King.

Guitarist | Producer | Composer Steve Walsh loves to help people make GREAT music! As a guitarist, some of the amazing artists Steve has been fortunate to share the studio and stage with include Erasure, The Weepies, Viktor Krauss, The Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout, Norah Jones, Allison Krauss and even a living room with Robert Plant!

Hammond organ
El. guitar
Drums
20
Tuesday
swing and standards

Singer and actress Teresa Krippnerová has her charm, young energy and love for jazz music, this all is clearly reflected in her interpretation of the famous jazz standards 

in the rhythm of swing, Latin music, jazz or groove. Her great inspiration are singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Waughn or Schirley Horn, whose influence and musical sensibility

can be heard in Teresa's performance.

She is accompanied by experienced musicians: Ludek Havel - keyboards, Jan Greifoner - bass, Branko Križek - drums

Keyboard
Vocal
Drums
Double bass
21
Wednesday
arranged jazz standards
Keyboard
Drums
Double bass
22
Thursday
jazz and blues

A group of experienced professional musicians lead by one of the top czech guitarists, combining blues and jazz. Energetic and emotional playing of Adam Tvrdy varies with characterful vocal of Jakub Zomer as well as his hammond organ playing. Connection of these outstanding soloists with a great rhythm section brings a crossover filled with sensitive interactions and musical dialogs.

El. guitar
Drums
Double bass
23
Friday
traditional jazz, dixieland

Very entertaining dixie band! Evening full of traditional jazz and famous tunes by L. Armstrong. Always great atmosphere on board. Saxophone and vocal, double base, bandjo and trumpet make up your night!

Trumpet
Vocal
Banjo
Saxophone
Double bass
24
Saturday
standards & latin jazz

Paul Novotny & Jazz N Tango plays a potpourri of jazz tinged by funk, tango nuevo, latin and flamenco influences. Along with his co-players, Vít Nermut (violin) and Petr Tichý (double bass), all three musicians are highly accomplished and leading figures on the Central European jazz scene.

Repertoire consiste of an energetic assortment of original oppositions, such as Joie de Vivre, Chase, Blues of Pablo, Marche No. 13, Je Me Souviens  (Novotny), Giant Steps (Coltrane), Mediterranean Sundance (Di Meila/DeLucia), Zyryab (DeLucia). Looking Up (Petrucciani), Libertango, Milonga del Angel (Piazzolla). And much more …

Violin
Guitar
Double bass
25
Sunday
TODAY
arranged jazz standards

Osian Roberts along with bass player Tomáš Baroš and drummer Marek Urbánek plays a mixture of original music and new arrangements of classic jazz standards by the likes of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Billy Stayhorn. 

Born in Cardiff, Wales, Osian Roberts took up the saxophone aged nine, and has been pursuing a career as a jazz musician ever since. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and after graduating in 1998, performed with many of the UK's foremost musicians, including Sir John Dankworth, Iain Ballamy, Jim Mullen, Mike Carr, and Peter Ind.

 

Saxophone
Drums
Double bass
26
Monday
blues

The Simpson Trio is a soul blues band that swings. Growing up in Memphis, Ryan Simpson heard a variety of great music, from blues to rock-a-billy to Memphis soul to jazz. He was also able to meet, learn from, and perform with many great Memphis musicians. After several years of playing in local bands and studying music at the University of Memphis, Ryan moved to the Czech Republic and became a part of the Prague music scene. The blues is the foundation of everything the Trio plays, and whether the Trio is playing Otis Redding, Van Morrison, or Nat King Cole, the blues can always be heard.

Double bass
Drums
Guitar + vocal
27
Tuesday
swing and standards

The trio, compound of mature musicians, will play songs from the rich jazz and swing repertoire to create a cosy atmosphere. Rhythmically irritating and yet stroking chamber arrangement pleases the ear of experienced listener, but will not disturb thoughts of those who have not come for the concert, but seek only peaceful spot after a hectic day. 

Double bass
Guitar
Clarinet
28
Wednesday
vocal jazz standards

Seen her performing, one wouldn’t tell that the singer Marta Kloučková is quite a new face on the local jazz scene. Lightness of phrasing, energy, unique personality and warm, dark-tinged vocal make her performances very special. Her intimate approach to singing brings joy and melancholy, stirs up and soothes again. The repertoire of this talented singer covers less well-known jazz standards, soul-jazz songs and Marta‘s own compositions. Her inspirations are singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Patricia Barber and Erykah Badu.

(Marta Kloučková is accompanied by Tomáš Jochman- keyboards, Miloš Klápště - doublebass, Marek Antoňů - drums.)

Keyboard
Vocal
Drums
Double bass
29
Thursday
Rhythm & Blues, Soul
Rhythm & blues pianist Thomas Homuta will perform together with a great soul singer Vladka Svobodova and David Farek, which is one of the top saxophonists on the Czech jazz / blues scene.
Style: Rhythm & Blues, Rock, Soul, Funk, Groove
Piano + vocal
Vocal
Saxophone
30
Friday
swing and standards

Singer, accordionist and composer Vesna V. Cáceres is a Prague-based musician of Croatian-Czech-Spanish origin. Equally multiethnic is her music, a blend of various Influences enriched by European classical tradition. Although Vesna is known primarily as a singer of Latino dance music, 5 elementos (a compilation of personally selected songs from her five previous albums) spotlights her as an Interpreter of jazz and theatre music as well. 5 elementos features songs in Czech, Spanish, English and Portuguese, all united by a unique sense of melodic beauty and emotional expression, just like her talent to diversity. We can also find French chansons in her repertoir. Vesna has released 9 albums in total, created music for front Czech actor Jarosalv Dušek and his theatre piece. She regulary performs in well known Prague jazz clubs.

Flute (Trumpet + Sax)
Vocal
Guitar
Double bass
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