Jazz Dock Orchestra
The Jazz Dock Orchestra is a 16-piece big band, with a once-monthly residency at Jazz Dock jazz club in Prague, beginning in January 2018.
The orchestra is a collaboration between Jazz Dock and the band's artistic and musical directors Andy Schofield, trombonist Jan Jirucha and saxophonist Petr Kalfus.
The aim of the orchestra is to perform original compositions and arrangements by its members, and also to celebrate the repertoire of some of the greatest composer/arrangers in jazz history.
Projects for 2018-19 included music by Jan Jirucha, Miroslav Hloucal and Andy Schofield, as well as classic repertoire form Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Kenny Wheeler, Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington, plus international guests such as Niels Klein (DE) and Ben Wendel (US).
2020 will be the band's third year, and will feature new music from several guest artists, including Nikki Iles (UK), and Aaron Parks (US).
Trumpets: Petr Harmáček, Miroslav Hloucal, Miroslav Nováček, Martin Juzzl
Trombones: Jan Jirucha, Stepán Janoušek, Richard Šanda,
Tomáš Bialko (bass)
Saxophones/Woodwinds: Andy Schofield, Petr Kalfus (altos) Marcel Bárta, Suzanne Higgins (tenors) Jakub Cirkl (baritone)
Piano: Jiri Levíček
Bass: Tomáš Baroš
Drums: Daniel Šoltis