Programme

February 2020 Print
1
Saturday
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
2
Sunday
original sax time
The Cyrille Oswald quartet will bring a special program of classics by the great saxophone masters, as well as a number of original compositions. You will hear tunes by Dexter Gordon, Coltrane, Lester Young, Sonny Stitt and others, often in surprising arrangements. There will also be original music, both work from previously recorded albums as brand new compositions from the upcoming album. Cyrille Oswald (Netherlands) - saxophone, flute David Dorůžka - guitar Tomáš Liška - bass Dano Šoltis - drums (guitar/bass could change)
Saxophone + Flute
Guitar
Drums
Double bass
3
Monday
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 (acordeon) and Jan Greifoner (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 …
Acordeon
Guitar
Double bass
4
Tuesday
brazilian jazz night
Energy evening full of samba & bossa nova rhythms (A. C. Jobim, J. Gilberto, I. Lins, S. Mendes, J. B. Jor, Djavan, E. Regina, A. Gilberto ..) enriched with great improvisations by awesome singer and percussionist Miriam Bayle. Tonight is BRAZILIAN JAZZ NIGHT . The Queen of Scat Miriam Bayle does not miss the ability to work with voice as a musical instrument. It is not enough to wonder where such vocal potential, perfect phrasing and English pronunciation are taken in the etheric woman. Miriam is endowed with all these attributes. Thanks to ornate scat she has become a renowned singer abroad.  Miriam Bayle – vocal, percussion, Daniel Bulatkin - electric piano, Matěj Havlíček - bass guitar, Petr Nohavica - drums  
Vocal
Guitar
Double bass
5
Wednesday
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
6
Thursday
swing of the 30'
Let yourself be carried away by the swing of the 20th - 40s in the original concept of Jan Veverka and his orchestra. The entire Swing Melody Quartet deals with both American and Czech swing music of these noble years. Bandmaster, singer, arranger and trumpeter Jan Veverka is the main character of his ensemble. After graduating from the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in Prague, he became a member of several leading Czech swing orchestras, and his life mission is simply "JAZZ & SWING". The same applies to other members of the Swing Melody, which are: Saxophone and Clarinet - Veronika Šerá, Double Bass - Kristýna Kanická, Guitar - Václav Janů.
Saxophone + Clarinet
Trumpet + Vocal
Guitar
Double bass
7
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
8
Saturday
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
9
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
10
Monday
arranged jazz standards
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
Double bass
Drums
Keyboard
11
Tuesday
jazz standards & swing
This young and great Slovak singer is a great discovery of the music scene, she has many awards: 1st place in Poland "Singing Without Borders", 1st place in Slovakia "Slávik Slovenska". She performs with famous big bands like Gustav Brom Bigband, but also with jazz trio. She has performed in European jazz clubs in Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland. Doris has performed in Slovakia with legendary pop bands NoName and Desmod several times. She singing the anthem for Košice - European City of Culture 2013.  She is a graduate of the Prague KJJ Conservatory.Doris Toth - vocal, Jakub Tokoli - piano, Josef Fečo - double bass, Otto Hejnic - drums.
Keyboard
Vocal
Drums
Double bass
12
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
13
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
14
Friday
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
15
Saturday
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
16
Sunday
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
17
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
18
Tuesday
vocal jazz standards
Petra Brabencová Quartet is newest project of this talented jazz singer. She interprets famous jazz standards with original arrangements, accompanied by Stanislav Mácha - piano, Jan Fečo- double bass and Milan Krajíc jr.-drums.
Double bass
Drums
Vocal
Keyboard
19
Wednesday
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
20
Thursday
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
Friday
swing and standards
Elena Sonenshine and her band present the most famous songs of EllaFitzgerald. In celebration of the 100th birthday of the First Lady of Jazz. You will hear a selection of Ellas most famous songs, includingTisket....Misty.....Mac......  Elena Sonenshine, is one of the most famousejazz singers of the Czech Republic.  She studied at the Berklee College ofMusic in Boston and her repretoire developed over two decades on the jazzscene includes unique vocal arrangements of jazz standards, latin jazz and original compositions.
Vocal
El. guitar
Drums
Double bass
22
Saturday
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
23
Sunday
swing of the 30'
Let yourself be carried away by the swing of the 20th - 40s in the original concept of Jan Veverka and his orchestra. The entire Swing Melody Quartet deals with both American and Czech swing music of these noble years. Bandmaster, singer, arranger and trumpeter Jan Veverka is the main character of his ensemble. After graduating from the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in Prague, he became a member of several leading Czech swing orchestras, and his life mission is simply "JAZZ & SWING". The same applies to other members of the Swing Melody, which are: Saxophone and Clarinet - Veronika Šerá, Double Bass - Kristýna Kanická, Guitar - Václav Janů.
Saxophone + Clarinet
Trumpet + Vocal
Guitar
Double bass
24
Monday
TODAY
jazz standards & swing
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. 
Vocal
Guitar
El. guitar
Double bass
25
Tuesday
original compositions and arranged jazz standards
Tellinger & Fresk is a unique musical collaboration between jazz singer and composer Barbora Tellinger (South Africa/Czech Republic) and pianist John Fresk (USA). Their American-style jazz and original compositions have been thrilling audiences from Cape Town to Karlovy Vary since 2012. In 2019 they completed their 4thalbum together, and they now live in Prague, where they enjoy the company of the best musicians Europe has to offer. This month they will be joined by the brilliant Tomas Baros on bass and Martin Sulc on drums.
Keyboard
Vocal
Drums
Double bass
26
Wednesday
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
27
Thursday
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
28
Friday
vocal jazz standards
Agáta Hlavenková belongs to the upcoming generation of singers with wide range of genres. She has introduced herself to the public - among others - in the Czech&Slovak Talent Competition. Her compelling voice, accompanied now by swinging trio of top jazz musicians promises great musical atmosphere and unique club experience.
Keyboard
Vocal
Drums
Double bass
29
Saturday
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
Mostly Sunny