Programme

August 2017 PRINT
1
Tuesday
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
2
Wednesday
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
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
Wednesday
jazz standards

New face of Slovak jazz“ singer Zuzana Vlčeková  introduces itself with her trio. Her univerval vocalizing, beatifully sounding alto slamming  into the clear open tone at higher position. Original way can bring a slow jazz balads as well as famously temperamental. Captivating voice sings jazz standars a very hih performance quality. Her biggest inspirationis is singing and musicality od Ella Fitzgerald as well as Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mary Stalings and Charlie Parker. Accompanied by elite players of Prague jazz scene Stanislav Mácha (piano), Josef Fečo (bass) and Radek Němejc (drums).

Vocal
Drums
Double bass
Keyboard
10
Thursday
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
11
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
12
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
13
Sunday
original sax time

Pianist, composer, sideman and teacher Petr Beneš founded the quartet 3 years ago and along with his colleagues he recorded an album of jazz which is highly praise. "I prefer to interpret my own music because it is the only thing that can allocate a band of gray average groups that play only jazz standards, even when in the best arrangements" explained Petr Beneš in one interview. Depending on what audience you will be, we hope you will be part of his own compositions tonight .... .

Petr Beneš - piano, Jan Kyncl - tenorsax, Petr Dvorský - double bass, Marek Urbánek - drums

Keyboard
Saxophone
Drums
Double bass
14
Monday
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
15
Tuesday
jazz standards & swing

A great American singer Chuck Wansley as a specially guest with Otto Hejnic Trio. Chuck comes from L.A., has played all over the world, from the US to Europe and Hawaii. In L.A. he regularly perform with his bigband. With Otto Hejnic Trio and Chuck Wansley you can hear the greatest jazz tunes.

Double bass
Drums
Vocal
Keyboard
16
Wednesday
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
17
Thursday
TODAY
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
18
Friday
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
19
Saturday
arranged jazz standards
Keyboard
Drums
Double bass
20
Sunday
original sax time

The group originally assembled in early 1995 to perform at the Prague Spring music festival. The current line-up features bandleader František Kop (1959) on saxophones, Petr Malásek (1964) on piano, Martin Lehký (1973) on bass guitar, and Pavel Zbořil (1964) on drums. In its choice of repertoire, the band predominantely relies on writing its own music (Kop, Malásek) distinguished by sophisticated composition treatment of individual pieces, ranging across a wide spectrum of styles and inspired by multiple musical influences (blues, funk, latin, ethno, free). Nonetheless, the band by no means omits jazz standarts and pieces composed by such modern jazz giants as J. Coltrane, T. Monk and others.

Bass guitar
Piano
Saxophone
Drums
21
Monday
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
22
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
23
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
24
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
25
Friday
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
26
Saturday
jazz standards
Csaba Csendes Trio feat. Kristina Mihalova is formation of  international jazz musicians of Czech, Slovak and Hungarian music scene. The repertoire of the band are mainly known jazz standards, interpreted creatively, influenced of various musical genres ( swing ,blues ,latin ,world ,pop music ). Beautiful voice of a young and talented singer accompanied by piano, contrabass and drums, caress ears not only to lovers of jazz music.
Double bass
Drums
Vocal
Keyboard
27
Sunday
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
28
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
29
Tuesday
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
30
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
31
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
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