Jazz Quartet / Quintet
Prague, Czech Republic
This is a new band which plays in a fusion style, i.e. a sharp mixture of jazz with the funk, latino, afro, and bop elements.
Saxophone player: Jakub Dolezal
He graduated from the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory of Music. His first significant engagement was with the Jan Korinek and Groove jazz formation, which accompanied various American blues singers (L. Thompson, E. Davis, Ch. Sawyer, S. Lewis etc.). He also played with the pop-funk group call Zaha, Janis Joplin, Revival, Ruchardze Band, or Bloody Mary. In 2002 he became a member of the jazz quintet called Work in Progress. Since 2005 he has been a member of the Organic Quarter band led by an organist Ondrej Pivec. In 2006 he became a member of the Benedikt band. At the present he also performs with the groups centred around a guitar player Oldrich Bartas. Jakub Dolezal also participates in the Czech production of the famous Pink Floyd recordings and collaborates with an avant-garde jazz big band Bucinatores Tentet (led by a trombone player Jan Jirucha). As a pedagogue he teaches at the Jan Hanus Art School, gives private saxophone lessons as well as the lessons of music theory and improvisation.
Bass guitar player: Filip Spaleny
He graduated from the Prague Conservatory - tube specialisation and from the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory of Music - bas guitar specialisation. He has performed or performs in the following bands, music formations or musicians: ASPM led by Jan Spaleny, Milan Svoboda's Quartet and Sextet, Kontraband, Prague Big Band, Rudolfinum Jazz Orchestra, Markus Deml, Jana Koubkova, Savle mece, Jazz Heads, Andrea Ruilova Folhina band, Chicken Soup, Petr Zeman Quintet, Marek Smaus Quartet, Gera band, Vibe Fantasy, Fabrik, and Zlababa. Her also participated in many studio project collaborations...
Pianist and keyboard player: Jan "Johny Walter" Balek
He was born in Prestice and graduated from the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the following bands or music formations: T.O.P. Dream Company, Olga Skrancova & Band, The Scheuflers, Quattro Fromaggi, Jan Tengler Quartet, Felix Slovacek BigBand, JaHoDa Nastrojovy arzenal: Kurzweil SP88, Korg X50, EMU Vintage Pro.
Drummer: Ondrej Pomajsl
He was born in Chomutov and graduated from the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory of Music. He s studying at the Jaroslav Jezek Higher Specialised School (jazz specialisation). He is a member of the following bands or music formations: Madfinger, T.O.P. Dream Company, R. Dragoun and His Angels etc. He collaborates with the leading Czech jazz musicians such as L. Smoldas or O. Pivec