1 Nov 2012 20:00
The UK - Czech Jazz Night: Najponk Trio
The opening night of the New Czech Jazz series will feature the Najponk Trio as they launch their new CD The Real Deal, bringing delicate and subtle touches to well known jazz standards. Leading Czech jazz pianist, Jan Knop, aka Najponk, has performed all over the world with the likes of Janusz Muniak, Dave Liebman, Piotr Baron, Osian Roberts and George Mraz. Both as a soloist and as part of a trio, Najponk has featured at jazz festivals from Novosibirsk to Cheltenham, and has also played at the prestigious A Trane Jazz Club in Berlin. Guest musicians include Matt Fishwick, one of the first call drummers in the UK, and double bassist Andy Robb.
Rooted in classical jazz – swinging rhythm and blues, Najponk reinterprets jazz standards with virtuosity and enthusiasm and builds on the best of jazz traditions with his own compositions. His rich discography features solo projects, recordings with his own trio and international collaborations. Najponk Trio’s recording Ballads, Blues & More (1999) won the Czech Academy Award for the best jazz CD, while It’s About Time (2010) with Ondrej Pivec and Greg Hutchinson, was awarded Jazz album of the year. On his latest CD The Real Deal (2012) he collaborated with Matt Fishwick (drums) and Jaromir Honzak (bass).
“Najponk plays exciting straight-forward jazz, his playing is inventive, original and its alchemy produces pure magic. An exciting improviser, he combines the vigour of Oscar Peterson with the eccentric brilliance of Thelonious Monk and the classical touch of Wynton Kelly and Red Garland.”
(The Prague Post)
“His playing has great inner strength and conviction. NajPonk comes through with flying colours, his performances consistently interesting and positive.”
(Jazz Journal International)
Doors open at 6pm. Music starts at 8.00pm.
Admission: £10/£8 (concs., advance)
BOX OFFICE: 020 7437 7013
Spice of Life, 6 Moor Street, London W1D 5NA
1 Nov 2012 20:00