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6 May 2005 00:00 - 15 Jul 2005 00:00

Rush Hour Blues: Czech Jazz at Birmingham

Chill out at Symphony Hall’s Level 3 Bar with free commuter jazz. Relax before a Friday night out on the town or sit back while the rush hour traffic slips away. Birmingham Jazz presents a series of Czech jazz concerts performed by the most prominent Czech jazz musicians including Pavel Ryba and the MTS Ensemble, David Doruzka Trio and Robert Balzar Trio.


Rush Hour Blues: Free Commuter Jazz with Pavel Jakub Ryba and the MTS Ensemble
Friday 6 May, 5.30 pm

Pavel Jakub Ryba returns with his Mind the Step Ensemble (Petr Albert Venkrbec, alto sax, and Jiri Kolman, percussion and voice) to the popular Rush Hour Blues. Ryba who is on of the handful musicians supplied by custom made bass quitar by prestigious German maker WARWICK, caught attention of world jazz scene with his CD Yes, Yes, no, no (N.I.C. Records) which earned the top review in the U.S. Jazziz Magazine. His latest CD Morally Topless with Mike Stern is bound to confirm his position among the leading Czech jazz musicians.




Rush Hour Blues: Free Commuter Jazz with David Doruzka Trio

Friday 24 June, 5.30 pm


“Doruzka presents himself as a thoughtful composer, quietly building moods inside the songs and avoiding cheap effects”  Reflex


David Doruzka, one of the top jazz guitarists, started performing around Prague jazz clubs at the age of fourteen, one year later received the “Talent of the Year” award from the Czech Jazz Society, and at 19 went to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. In February 2004 Doruzka’s mature debut CD Hidden Paths was released on the Czech-British label Cube-Metier and earned him acknowledgement of fellow musicians as well as music press.

David Doruzka, quitar

Jaromír Honzák, bass - has been active on the Prague jazz scene since the beginning of the 1980’s.

Jiři Slavíček, drums - is one of the most in-demand drummers on the Czech jazz scene.



Rush Hour Blues: Free Commuter Jazz with Robert Balzar Trio
Friday 15 July, 5.30 pm

Robert Balzar, often labelled as the best Czech jazz bass player, established the trio together with Stanislav Macha (piano) and Jiri Slavicek (drums) in 1996 and never looked back. Their CD Travelling (awarded CD of the year 1998) and Alone (CD of the year 2000) rank among the best jazz recordings in the country and the trio has also become the basis for singer Dan Barta’s exciting project Ilustratosphere.




30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


From: 6 May 2005 00:00
To: 15 Jul 2005 00:00


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