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Sun July 21
Ondřej Štveráček Q.
original sax time
Double bass
Drums
Saxophone
Piano

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)

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Mon July 22
Kristina Bárta Trio
original compositions and arranged jazz standards
Keyboard
Drums
Double bass

Kristina Barta is a Czech composer and pianist. She studied jazz piano in bachelor's and master's program at the Academy of Music in Prague under the leadership of professors Karel Ruzicka, Vit Kristan, Jaromir Honzak, David Doruzka, Jiri Slavik and Lubos Soukup.

Kristina Barta also studied classical music (oboe, piano, flute and drums) at the Gymnasium of Jan Neruda and at the Prague's Conservatories. 

She participated in national and international competitions:

In 2015, Kristina Barta founded her own trio with Jan Feco on bass and Marek Urbanek on drums. The trio recorded the first demo tape and won the competition Jazz Prix 2015. The international jury composed by R. Dombrowski (German music journalist), G. Schroder (The US Attorney Kurland Agency ) and Rudy Linka (Czech jazz guitarist) took her distinctive and fresh approach to the arrangement, and to her own compositions. The trio has performed at the Bohemia Jazz Fest in Prachatice and Pilsen before the band Yellowjackets.   

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Tue July 23
Petra Ernyei Quartet
swing of the 30'
Vocal
Guitar
El. guitar
Double bass

Petra Ernyei (1975) was growing in jazz surroundings since her childhood. She made her debut at the jazzfestival in american Sacramento when she was 18. Imediatelly after her return she joined the Original Prague Syncopated Orchestra of Pavel Klikar and sung with them for three years. Later she became a singer of the Prague Swing Orchestra Of Jan Matoušek where she sings until now. She is in love not only with bigbands but it is especally small bands that give her more opportunity for her singing. She cooperates with a fabulous pianist Jakub Šafr who is the leader of his own Quartet – www.jakubsafr.cz - adn with whom she´s recording a new CD.

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Wed July 24
Jan Kořínek Trio
arranged jazz standards
Double bass
Drums
Keyboard
J.K. Trio is a modern and professional jazz Trio, where the doublebass does not present and fulfill only it´s acccompaniment role, but, on the contrary  - it often overtakes that very special basic line, frequently used and supported by bow as an expressive mean.
Delicately and tastefully choosed and arranged programm and repertoir of the Trio in fact follows those traditions of great music, that has been represented by such personalities as Wynton Kelly, Hampton Hawes, Bill Evans, Mccoy Tyner, etc.
The programm and expression of Trio has been draught in such special conception as to deeply interest listeners by it´s  stylishness and  genre pure expression which induces the very right and special jazz atmosphere.

J.K.Trio plays in structure:
Stanislav Mácha - piano
Jan Linhart - drums
Jan Kořínek - double bass
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Thu July 25
Jana Koubková Quartet
vocal jazz standards
Keyboard
Vocal
Drums
Double bass

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.

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