T R E E T O P - Urbex Session
Dear fans! The "Urbex Sessions" were ment to come out just as videos, but we decided to publish our "urbex session" also as CD on bandcamp.com. We, the musicians, are going through hard times due the corona virus, but at bandcamp you have the option of supporting our music and our livelihood! All three of us are living from the music we make and that perished almost overnight, so this is one way you could support us if you have the need - sky is the limit =))).
These tracks were recorded at on old wood cutting mill in a small town in Krkonoše mountains. It is a selection of our original compositions and one derived from classical music. It was raining on the day of the recording session, we kept it there to amplify the atmosphere.
You can also enjoy them on our YouTube channel:
Interview for Czech Radio
I have got an opportunity to speak about my musical backgrounds. My favourite jazz albums and trombone players. Thanks for having me. The interview is in Czech language - but if you want to listen to it there is a link.
Czech Radio Big Band Gustav Brom - Correspondance
Duke Ellington - Such Sweet Thunder
Gil Evans - Where Flamingos Fly (Jimmy Knepper)
Joe Henderson - Inner Urge (Slide Hampton)
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra - St. Louis Blues (Luis Diego Bonilla )
Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra - Summer of My Discontent
Jazz Orchestra of The Concertgebouw - English Heart (Ilja Reijngoud )
Czech Radio Big Band - Gustav Brom
I am blessed that i have got an opportunity to write arrangement for Czech Radio Big Band. It was my first "serious" big band arrangments and I am very excited to hear it. Black Narcissus by Joe Henderson in my arrangement.
T R E E T O P - video release
First of all, we re-named our trio. Instead of
DRNEK/ŠANDA/ŠELEP we call it now:
T R E E T O P
We have been shooting the videos in beautiful old fabric in Temný Dul, Krkonoše, Czech Republic. So far we published the first video, but other videous are coming. Stay tuned!!!
VOJTA DRNEK - ACCORDION
RICHARD ŠANDA - TROMBONE
MICHAL ŠELEP - DOUBLE BASS
JAN STREDA - SOUND
JAN ŠTINDL - VIDEO
JM JAZZ WORLD ORCHESTRA 2019 - throwback
Was unforgettable couple of weeks for me for many reasons!
Almost 3 weeks of sharing experience, playing and traveling with musicians from all over the world. Playing under incredible and “berry guss” Luis Bonilla!! And also a recording session in Croatian Radio & TV studio in Zagreb with grammy awarded producer and sound engineer Ed Reed!!
It is a big honor to be part of the such a project like that one!
It didnt feel like a band but like family!
Thank you cats! ♥️
JM JAZZ WORLD ORCHESTRA 2019
I so honored, that i can be part of this wonderful orchestra for the 2019 tour. The tour will take place in the Croatia, Serbia and Monte Negro. The orchestra will be led by the incredible trombone player - Luis Bonilla!
The JM Jazz World Orchestra is the world’s premier international youth jazz orchestra, comprised of 21 talented jazz musicians, selected through global open audition by an international jury.
The band works with some of the planet’s finest conductors, players and composers and tours annually, appearing at prestigious European venues and jazz festivals.
New EP released:
In the March/April we were on the tour with
We were recording every concert. We choose the best takes and this is the result, we made a little EP. Enjoy the music.
The goal of this trio is to discover unexplored potential of this unusual combination of double bass, trombone and accordion - through our original compositions. We started to create music together while studying jazz at JAMU, Brno. Our inspirational sources vary from modern jazz to avant garde contemporary music, from ambient to folklore..
V.Drnek - accordion
M.Šelep - doublebass
R.Šanda - trombone
Click on the cover :)
Andy Schofield -
Suite for JT
The previous album of the leading Czech big band CONCEPT ART ORCHESTRA received the Czech Music Academy Award in 2015 for the best jazz album of the year. The recording entitled “The Prague Six” featured the work of six Czech important young authors: the band’s conductor and trumpeter Štěpánka Balcarová, saxophonist Luboš Soukup, pianists Vít Křišťan, Martin Brunner and Tomáš Sýkora, and trombonist Jan Jirucha junior. The same six authors are behind this new album entitled “Grown-Up Christmas”. The programme has been performed several times in concert and comprises originally arranged Christmas carols and songs loosely inspired by Christmas (for example poems by Czech poets Jan Skácel and Fráňa Šrámek). Concept Art Orchestra has invited singers Dan Bárta, Markéta Foukalová and Milan Cimfe to collaborate on the project. Although the binding theme for all the compositions is, indeed, Christmas, this is not a classical seasonal recording which only has a potential to enhance the Christmas atmosphere, but will bring joy throughout the year.
The British saxophonist Andy Schofield who is based in Prague and who has for many years performed with various formations, now releases his own album. “Suite for JT” is a forward-looking, original composition for nine players which Schofield created several years ago for Manchester International Festival and performed on its platform together with the illustrious pianist John Taylor to whom the piece is dedicated. For the first studio recording of this composition, the author has surrounded himself with musicians who belong to the elite of Czech jazz.
Andy Schofield - soprano and alto saxophones, clarinet, flute
Petr Kalfus - alto saxophone, alto clarinet
Suzanne Higgins - flute, tenor saxophone
Marcel Bárta - bass clarinet, tenor and soprano saxophone
Oskar Török - trumpet
Richard Šanda - trombone
Vojtech Procházka - piano
Jirí Slavík - acoustic bass
Daniel Šoltis - drums
Every day poetry by Petr R. Toman accompanied by free improvisation jazz group of Pavel Zlámal. Inspired by Brno.
Petr "Rybíz" Toman - Vocal, Lyrics
Pavel Zlámal - Saxes, Clarinets
Kristian Kuruc - Drums
Juraj Válencik - Double Bass
Martin Konvicka - Piano, Fender
Jaroslav Štastný - Hammond
Richard Šanda - Trombone
Premiere broadcast of winning compsitions in Karel Kraugarner's composers competition announced by Concept Art Orchestra
International Jazz Day 30th of April. Czech Radio Big Band Gustav Brom feat. MIROSLAV VITOUŠ and Karel Ruzicka JR.
Live Record from Concert with famous bass player Miroslav Vitouš and saxophonist Karel Ruzicka JR.
Concert was held by Czech Radio and Mladí Ladí Jazz group.
Czech Radio Invterview about my time in Euro Radio Jazz Orchestra
In November i took a part in Euro Radio Jazz Orchestra. I was nominated by Czech Radio as a leader of trombone section. This year was the band let by Tommy Smith. Euro Radio Jazz Orchestra was hosted by BBC Radio Scotland for this year. Concerts were in Glasgow and in Aberdeen.
For me it was really great experiance and big oportunity to meet amazing musicians from all Europe. There were musicians from Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Austria, France, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, England, Scotland,Estonia and Italy. We played a Sweet Sister Suite written by Kenny Wheeler. It was amazing time with awasome people and i hope i will see them soon. Maybe there will be a new cooperation with some guys.
Below there is a link where you can listen live record from concert in Glasgow. And aswell read the interview with myself.
Concept Art Orchestra just released new videoclip -
I am really glad to be part of this unique big band!
comp/arr - Jan Mazura
conductor - Štěpánka Balcarová
tenor sax - Luboš Soukup
Trio with an unusual sound which arises from combination of trombone, accordion (Vojtech Drnek) and double-bass (Michal Šelep).
I got the opportunity to study on the one of the biggest school of the music in Europe on the
Conservatorium van Amsterdam till the end of year.
Will be back in Prague for few important concerts...
Check the CONCERTS folder!
Euro Radio Jazz Orchestra
Next week (from 13th to 19th of November) I'm going to be part of Euro Radio Jazz Orchestra. I was nominated by Czech Radio.
Every year, the Euroradio Jazz Group puts together a European jazz big band under the name of the Euroradio Jazz Orchestra. Big band brings together young musicians under 30 through Europe. This year it is going to be in Scotland held by BBC Scotland. We are going to performe in Glasgow and Aberdeen. We will also make a live recorde of the concert in Glasgow. The recorde will release on CD.
This year is the big band led by saxophonist Tommy Smith.
We are going to play Sweet Sister Suite written by Kenny Wheeler!!!
Link on bios of each member and
information of big band - LINK
Unique Big Band concert in Chrudim
I'm happy this is happening. I invited a good friends of mine and other playmates from Czech Radio Big Band Gustav Brom and Concept Art Orchestr, to play a gig in Chrudim. We are going to play tunes written by players from band and it is going to be in Chrudim in my childhood.
Trumpets: Ondrej Juraši, Jaroslav Kohoutek, Lukáš Oravec, Štepánka Balcarová
Trombones: Jan Jirucha, Štepán Janoušek, myself, František Jelínek
Rhytm: Martin Novák, Vít Kristan, Josef Feco
Vocal: Marta Kloucková