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25 Feb 2011 19:00

Friday Jazz Night at the Secondo Bar (Clapham) featuring Martin Kratochvil Trio

A Friday jazz night at much popular and vibrant Clapham venue with Czech jazz and fusion legend Martin Kratochvil (piano) with Tony Ackerman (guitar) and Imran Musa Zangi (percussion).


Free admission


The trio of Martin Kratochvil (piano), Tony Ackerman (7-string guitar) and Imram Musa Zangi (percussion) has been a staple of the Prague jazz scene for over 25 years. Their unique sound combines elements of their three native countries (Czech Republic, USA, Iran) with the raw energy of jazz improvisation and the easy familiarity of a half a lifetime of playing together.

Kratochvil, who holds a doctorate in philosophy, was the first musician to bring jazz/rock behind the Iron Curtain in the early 1970's, and his jazz/rock group Jazz Q Praha still draws big crowds today. He was also the first Czech to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He now divides his time between live music, trekking in the Himalayas, and making films of his adventurous journeys.

Ackerman, a music scholar and teacher as well as a performer, learned all the current folk and blues styles as a teenager in the Boston area, and honed his guitar skills with several years of classical study. His custom made 7-string guitar provides a rounded, natural sound to complement the grand piano and ethnic percussion.

Imram Musa Zangi, a respected ophthalmologist during the day, plays on a very personal set of congas, bongos, and a whole battery of small percussion instruments to lend not only rhythmic intricacy, but also a great range of ethnic colours to the group. In their concert you will hear the three go from sweet, melodic openings to highly charged, rhythmically intricate free passages; because their music is so eclectic and has drawn on so many folk and world music roots as well as jazz, it has a way of speaking to people of all ages and musical tastes.

The trio issued 8 albums to date and played at New York's Village Gate, and at various festivals and concerts in Germany, Austria, Finland, Israel etc.


Support artists:

THE CANDID JUG ORANGE BAND plays swing jazz from the 1930s focusing on the New York sound of Fats Waller but with a New Orleans Bluesy extraction.

LAURENCE CORNS is a guitar player and singer who has a diverse range of influences, he served a two year apprenticeship in France with American artists The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band and toured with them across Europe and America. In addition to swing music he has performed with many notable artists from Zimbabwe including Chartwell Dutiro, Stella Chiweshe and The Bhundu Boys, he has just finished a stint as musical director at the National Theatre on a show about the life of Fela Kuti.

JAMES EVANS is a Clarinet and Sax player who has been playing on the British jazz scene for nearly twenty years he has performed with Jonny Boston, Keith Nichols, TJ Johnson, John Richardson and Phil Mason's New Orleans All Stars across the world.In 1993 he won the Best Young Jazz Player of the Year award for traditional Jazz.

PAT LEVETT is a drummer who studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he has played with many Jazz artists such as Lianne Carol, The James Taylor Quartet, Ian Shaw and Bernard Purdie. He has spent the last two years recording and working with The Puppini Sisters.

PAUL TCHENKO is a sousaphone player who also plays accordion and double bass, he is at home playing traditional jazz as he is at playing klezmer or Argentinian Tango.


TONY B is a Jamaican percussionist with a diverse range of African and Reggae influences. He has been playing for over 15 years with many established musicians. His performances have a unique quality and are characterized by what he calls "a percussion discussion" with the audience.



Second Bar, 642 Voltaire Road, Clapham, Lodnon SW4 6DH


25 Feb 2011 19:00


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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