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Dec 16, 2011 8:00 PM

Bohemian Jazz - Karel Ruzicka Jr. Quartet

JAZZ CONCERT. Suggested donation $10


Karel Ruzicka Jr. - Tenor, Soprano Saxophone
Pavel Wlosok - Piano
Danton Boller - Bass  
Bill Campbell - Drums 


Karel Ruzicka
Award winning saxophonist, composer and producer Karel Ruzicka Jr. has a way to captivate the audience in practically any musical context. It was already evident back in 1992 when his group "The Four" was awarded the first prize at the International Jazz Festival in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic in 1992. Their appearance at the prestigious Jazz a Vienne in France that summer was received with standing ovation. The group released their album "Space and Rhythm in 1994 to a great critical acclaim. Karel Ruzicka Jr. then briefly visited his future home of New York and met many great jazz artists including trumpeter Roy Hargrove. Consequently in 1996 he was called upon to fill in for saxophonist Ron Blake in the Roy Hargrove quintet on their European tour. Karel's tenor and soprano saxophone graces over 100 albums. His debut as a leader album"You Know What I Mean" (ARTA -1997) was nominated for the Czech Grammy in 1998 and the following year the album "Spring Rolls Quartet" was elected the Czech Jazz Recording of the Decade. After these early successes Ruzicka relocated to NYC, where he studied with saxophonists Bob Mintzer, Rick Margitza, George Garzone and Joe Lovano. His most recent album as a leader "Brooklyn Moods" was nominated for a "Golden Angel" award (The new name for the Czech Grammy). The album features pianist Bruce Barth, Czech-born bassist George Mraz and drummer Brandon Lewis. He is often touring with contemporary jazz singer Michael Franks as well as his working quartet. The list of artists Karel has played with is long: Ben E. King, George Benson, Hiram Bullock (SNL, Sting), Joe Locke, Bob Mintzer, Charles Blenzig (keyboardist and MD for Michael Franks and Gato Barbieri), Ravi Coltrane, Benny Rietveld (bassist for Miles Davis and Carlos Santana), Cindy Blackman , Fred Wesley (James Brown, George Clinton), Jeff "Tain" Watts, Steve Hass, Gavin Degraw, ELEW and many others.

Pavel Wlosok
Czech pianist, composer, arranger, and educator Pavel Wlosok started to play the piano when he was five years old. He received his classical education in piano performance and composition at the Conservatory of Music in Ostrava (1987 - 1993) in the classes of Mr. Zdenek Pecek and Mr. Igor Katajev, and in the class of Prof. Arnost Parsch at the Janacek Academy of Music (JAMU) in BRNO (1993 - 1995). He obtained his bachelor and master degrees in jazz studies at the University of North Texas in Denton, USA (1995 - 2000), where he studied composition with Prof. Cindy McTee, jazz piano with Prof. Dan Haerle, and classical piano with Prof. Adam Wodnicki.
While at the University of North Texas, Pavel served as pianist-arranger for the One O'clock Lab Band (his work is included on 4 CDs produced by this group, the last one featuring British ECM artist Kenny Wheeler). He also was featured as a solo pianist with the UNT Wind Symphony (as documented on CD Luminnaries, under the direction of fabulous Eugene Corporon), and has toured Europe and North America as a pianist and composer. His only self-produced album as a leader is titled Long Journey (1997), and features his best friends from early North Texas years, such as saxophonists Tyler Kuebler and Wayne Delano, bassist Mike McGuirk, drummers Ed Soph and Rich Matschulat, and trumpeter Scott Harrell. Pavel's 2006 trio project Live at the Grey Eagle with John Riley on drums and Mike McGuirk on bass is still pending a release.
Since 2000, Pavel Wlosok has been regularly invited to participate as lecturer and performer at the International Summer Jazz Workshop in Prague, organized annually by the Czech Jazz Society , where, along with around dozen more European colleagues, he has been teaching concepts of solo piano improvisation, jazz harmony and styles, as well as couching small groups and teaching arranging. In 2001 Czech National TV Network filmed and broadcasted a documentary interview with him about his original contemporary compositions and jazz music. The Czech Radio station Vltava has regularly been broadcasting many of his compositions, both in jazz and in classical idioms. Wlosok has also appeared in a live John Adams jazz trio performance for the Texas TV Morning News on Channel 6.
Pavel Wlosok is a 2000 IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) Gil Evans Fellowship recipient in the field of composition and arranging and has performed and/or recorded with many prominent jazz artists, such as Bob Berg, Vince DiMartino, Dennis Dotson, Jon Faddis, Danny Gotlieb, Wycliffe Gordon, Tim Hagans, Conrad Herwig, Louis Hayes, Denis Irwin, Ingrid Jensen, Victor Lewis, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Janusz Muniak, Dave Pietro, Paquito DeRivera, Rufus Reid, John Riley, Lynn Seaton, Gary Smulyan, Ed Soph, Byron Stripling, Bobby Watson, and Kenny Wheeler.

Danto L. Boller
Danton Boller was born in Gary, Indiana. He spent his childhood in northwest Indiana until his family relocated to Huntington Beach, CA. at the age of 12. He first took up the electric bass at ten years old but it wasn't until his high school years that he started taking music seriously. In 1990,  Danton began playing the doublebass and studying with the "Senator" Eugene J. Wright of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Danton attended California State University Long Beach to further his music studies in conjunction with studying with the "Senator." In 1997 he received the Shelly Manne New Talent Award from the Los Angeles Jazz Society. He also relocated to New York city in that same year to pursue his love of jazz.
Danton has recorded, performed, and toured internationally with some of the world's greatest artists including: Roy Hargrove, Kat Edmonson, Alvin Queen, Bennie Wallace, Anthony Wilson, Ari Hoenig, Adam Rafferty, Jazz Mandolin Project, Jon Fishman, Robert Glasper, Elysian Fields, Alexi Murdoch, Fela (on Broadway) and The Village Vanguard Orchestra.

Bill Campbell


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Dec 16, 2011 8:00 PM


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