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Balzar, Robert

Balzar, Robert, bass player (acoustic and bass guitar); b. Nachod, Czech Republic, 1962.

He graduated from the Brno Conservatory - double bass,piano. He has been performing in Prague since 1985, beginning with TV big band. After he has played with the Gabriel Jonas; Jazz Face; Emil Viklicky Q.; Karel Ruzicka Q.; David Friedman (USA); Allan Praskin (USA); Larry Porter (USA); Joe Newman (Count Basie Big Band); Benny Bailey (formerly with Quincy Jones); Tony Scott (formerly with Bill Evans, John Coltrane); Hal Galper Trio; Benny Golson; Wynton Marsalis. He was also a memeber of elite group that played with U.S. President Bill Clinton at the Reduta Jazz Club during Clinton's 1994 visit to Prague. He has performed at a number of internacional festivals, such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Prague Internacional Jazz Festival and the Karlovy Vary Internacional Jazz Festival. And he has toured Norway as a member of Benny Bailey Quartet as well as toured the United States and Canada.

In 1996 he has established group under his own name - Robert Balzar Trio. They were each voted "CD of the Year" in their respective years by Czech Radio. The R.Balzar Trio was voted 2000 Group of the Year.

Recordings:
East West Connection; Tribute (1988); Far and Yet Near (1988); Subway (1992); Bohemian Nights (1993); Resolution (1993); Food of Love (1995); Travelling (1998); S. Loescher: Distance (1999); Just Squeeze Me (1999); Alone (2000)

As sideperson:
J. Buchar: Jazz Magma (1986); V. Zahradnika: Big Band (1988); E. Viklicky: Round Midnight (1991); L.AndrSt: Imprints (1992); Vaclav Havel: Two Presidents (1994); Ruzicka, JonaS, Balzar, Zboril: Sping Rolls Q (1998); Najponk, Balzar, Sulc: Birds and Black (1999); Najponk Trio: Ballads Blues And More (1999); D. Barta: Illustratosphere (2000); Y. Sanchez: Invitation (2001); Darkk Bros: Six Songs (2001)

Contact information:
Robert Balzar
Ostrovskeho 12&
Prague 5
Czech Republic
150 00
Tel: +420602228808
e-mail: robertbalzar@centrum.cz
website: www.robertbalzar.cz

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