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Fri July 19
Julius Baroš Quartet
arranged jazz standards
Double bass

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.

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Sat July 20
Coffee time
swing and standards
Double bass

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. 

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

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
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'
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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