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Jaromír Honzák Quartet

Luboš Soukup - clarinet, tenor sax                                                                                                          David Dorůžka – guitar
Vít Křišťan – piano, keyboards
Martin Novák – drums
Jaromír Honzák – acoustic and electric bass

The Jaromír Honzák Quintet performs mostly original compositions by the leader. Grounded in contemporary jazz, but open to the many influences beyond, the band performs music both fragile and charged with energy.


Lubos Soukup is a freelance musician, composer, and educator based in Copenhagen, Denmark. His main instruments are the tenor and soprano saxophone, as well as the clarinet. Besides that, he plays the flute and the piano. He regularly tours in Europe and has played at numerous international jazz festivals. He leads the ambitious band Luboš Soukup Quartet (modern jazz), the internationally successful Points Quartet (modern jazz), and its extended versions – Points - Rataj Quintet (fusion of contemporary jazz and live electronics) and Points Septet (experimental jazz). He is a permanent member of the dynamic Scandinavian band MAdHAs (avantgarde free bop), the Czech-Polish quintet Inner Spaces, and finally the creative big band Concept Art Orchestra. He occasionally performs with other projects as well. Since 2014, he has been teaching saxophone and ensemble classes at the Jazz Academy (HAMU) in Prague, Czech Republic.

Lubos Soukup has always been surrounded by music, and have had a strong wish to become a musician from his early childhood. After finishing the high school, he studied at three European conservatories, namely Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in Prague, Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, and The Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. Each of the schools brought something new to his musical knowledge and helped him to form his current artistic approach. Moreover, they have inspired him to never stop exploring new sounds and music possibilities.

Lubos Soukup has released more than ten albums with his own music. His music was featured on two albums that were awarded the Czech Grammy Awards for the best jazz album of the year, namely Light Year by Inner Spaces (2012) and The Prague Six by Concept Art Orchestra (2015). In 2013, he released the album Through the Mirror, recorded with an ensemble of 14 musicians, which caught the attention of many Czech music experts immediately after it was released. Last year, the album, titled Země (The Earth) was released. The jazz recording features guest appearances from guitarist Lionel Loueke, who brings a slightly African touch.


David Dorůžka, born in 1980 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, he took up the guitar at the age of ten and from the age of fourteen started performing with leading musicians on the Czech jazz scene. In 1995 he received the “Talent of the Year” award from the Czech Jazz Society. He played on award-winning recordings of Karel Růžička Jr. (You Know What I Mean, 1997) and Jaromír Honzák (Earth Life, featuring Jorge Rossy, 1998).

  From 1999 until 2002 Dorůžka lived in Boston in the USA and studied composition and improvisation at Berklee College of Music. Among his teachers were Joe Lovano, Mick Goodrick and George Garzone. Dorůžka was chosen by Pat Metheny to participate as the only guitarist in the Aspen Snowmass Jazz Colony in Colorado in summer 2000, where he studied with Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Brian Blade and Herbie Hancock among others. In the summer 2002 Dorůžka took part in a tour with the “Swinging Europe” project led by British pianist and composer Django Bates.

After graduating from Berklee, Dorůžka lived in New York City from 2002 to 2003. In New York he recorded his first CD Hidden Paths, which was awarded the Anděl prize in the Czech music academy awards as CD of the year 2004 in Jazz&Blues category. Since moving back to Europe at the end of 2003, Dorůžka has been performing mostly with his own trio and also working in a quartet with singer Josefine Lindstrand from Sweden.

In addition to performing and composing, Dorůžka dedicates his time to pedagogical activities. In the past years he has taught at the Department of Higher Education at the Conservatory of Jaroslav Ježek in Prague and since 2003 he has been a teacher at the annual Prague Jazz Summer Workshop. He has also given masterclasses and clinics in Czech Republic and abroad.

Dorůžka has appeared at important festivals in the US (Monterey, Cleveland and others), Canada (Montreal), and in many European countries (festivals in Vienne, Copenhagen, Warszaw, Athens and others). Countries where he has performed also include Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Greece, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The list of musicians with whom he has worked includes names such as Jorge Rossy, Django Bates, Tiger Okoshi, Perico Sambeat, Albert Sanz, Rodney Green, Orrin Evans, Kenwood Dennard, Phil Wilson, Greg Hopkins, Don Grusin and many others. 


Vít Křišťan graduated from the Music Academy in Katowice, Poland as well from the Jazz Academy in Odense, Denmark. He currently lives in Czech republic and teaches at Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in Prague and Jazz Academy in Brno. He is the leader of his own trio with the double-bass player Jiří Slavík and the trumpet player Oskar Torok. In 2013 he recorded his own debut project Imprints with the double-bass player Jaromír Honzák, the drummer Roman Vícha, Polish guitar player Marek Kadziela, Polish vocalist Agnieszka Twardoch and Slovak trumpet player Oskar Torok. He recorded several CD's with Inner Spaces quintet, Jaromír Honzák quintet and other projects. Some of the CD's were awarded by Czech Grammy Anděl as a best jazz CD of the year (Inner spaces - Light year, Jaromír Honzák quintet - Uncertainty and Concept art orchestra - Prague six). He is a member of the Joanna Kucharczyk Quartet, Jan Přibil Quintet, Tomáš Hobzek Quartet and a modern Czech big band called Concept Art Orchestra. He regularly collaborates with various Polish, Czech and Scandinavian musicians. 


Martin Novák was born in Ostrava in 1983, grown in Chrudim where he went through basic violin, guitar and later drums education. He fell in love with jazz music on jazz workshops in Frýdlant v Čechách (teacher: Tom Bancroft) and Prague (teachers: Martin Šulc and Jiří Slavíček).

In 2002 after moving to Prague Martin became part of the music scene here, met great people, started playing with great bands such as Roman Pokorný Trio, Blues Box Heroes, Yvonne Sanchez & Brazilian Mood, Najponk Trio, Infinite Quintet, Jan Kořínek & Groove and others.

He plays / used to play / with bands of Lenka Dusilová, Jana Kirschner, Ondřej Pivec, Iva Bittová, Jaromír Honzák, Osian Roberts, Nick Etwell, Matěj Benko, Rich Perry, Steve Fishwick, Sam Sadigursky, Bob Montgomery and others. Martin has toured The Czech Republic, Turkey, Germany, Romania, Austria, Greece, Bulgaria and Slovakia

Martin has gratuated at the Jazz Institute Berlin with the great John Hollenbeck.


Jaromír Honzák was born in Litoměřice, Czech Republic in 1959. He began his musical studies on the piano at the age of six and on the double bass at age 14, and graduated from the Conservatory of Teplice in 1982. After completing two years of then-mandatory military service -- luckily spent in a prominent army band in Prague -- Jaromír quickly became a versatile and sought-after bassist, performing with virtually all of the major figures of the Czech jazz scene.

Jaromír co-founded the group Naima, which fast became one of the most significant Czech jazz groups of the 1980s. Throughout the years he has appeared with international artists such as Art Farmer, Phil Wilson, Don Friedman, Alan Praskin, Giovanni Basso, Amina Claudine Myers and Victor Lewis. He has performed at a number of international festivals including Sea Jazz Helsinki, Ingolstadter Jazztage, Leverkusener Jazztage, the Jazz Jamboree Warsaw, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

In 1989 Jaromír was awarded both Berklee and Fulbright scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied with Bruce Gertz, Hal Crook, John La Porta and Rick Peckham, and performed with fellow students Jorge Rossy, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Roy Hargrove, Mark Turner and Chris Cheek. 

Since returning to the Czech Republic in 1990, Jaromír has documented his work as a bandleader, bassist and composer in eight recordings: "Getting There Together" (1995, PJ Music); "Earth Life" (2000, Cube Metier); "Present Past" (2003, Indies); "A Question To All Your Answers" (2007, Animal Music), "Little Things" (2009, Animal Music), "Uncertainty" (2014, Animal Music) and "Early Music" (2017, Animal Music). His album "Blood Sings" (2012, Animal Music) covers the music of Suzanne Vega.

On his recordings Jaromír collaborates with a range of international artists, including Kuba Stankiewicz, Piotr Baron, Michal Tokaj, Lukasz Zyta, Christian Rover, Jorge Rossy, Chris Cheek, Sissel Vera Pettersen, David Dorůžka, Beata Hlavenková and Vítek Křišťan.

Jaromír’s recordings and compositions have been awarded numerous prizes both in the Czech Republic and abroad. His CD's "Little  Things", "A Question To All Your Answers" and "Present Past" were each awarded the "Angel" prize for the best Czech jazz recording of the year. In 2009, album "A Question To All Your Answers" won 3rd place at Instrumental Jazz Album category of the Just Plain Folks Award.

His tune "Constant Struggle" is featured in the European Realbook (Sher Music).

Presently, Jaromír leads the Jaromír Honzák Quintet and is a member of Lubos Soukup's Points Septet, the Eben Brothers band as well as Iva Bittová's group Čikori. 

Jaromír leads the Jazz department at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU), where he is active as a teacher of bass and improvisation.