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Honzak, Jaromir

Honzak, Jaromir, upright bass player; b. Litomerice, Czech Republic, 31 August 1959. His parents are Vlasta (b. 1934) and Frantisek (b. 1924), the latter a trumpet player and bandleader.

Jaromir graduated from the Conservatory of Teplice, Czech Republic (1982). There, he studied with Rudolf Slach and Kvetoslav Borovicka. After graduation, he studied two years privately with world-renowned bass virtuoso Frantisek Posta (teacher of Miroslav Vitous among others).

He also attended Berklee Colelge of Music, Boston, for one year under a Berklee and Fullbright Scholarship (1989-1990). There, he studied bass with Bruce Gertz.

He has performed with Phil Wilson, Don Friedman, Bill Hardman, Art Farmer, Giovanni Basso, Zbigniew Namyslowski, Krzesimir Debski, Amina Claudine Myers, Jorge Rossy, Iva Bittova and others.

He's teacher of a double bass and improvisation at the Jaroslav Jeoek Conservatory, Prague.

He's a regular member of the Piotr Baron Quintet, Iva Bittova & Cikori.

Recordings:
Getting There Together (1994), Earth Life (1998), Present Past (2002).

As sideperson:
Christian Rover Trio: New York Impressions (1995); Petr Zelenka Quartet: Mafiosi (2000); Iva Bittova: Cikori (2001) and others.

Bibliography:
Article in Harmonie magazine, August 1995, interviews in the same magazine in 2001 and in MF Dnes newspaper on Sept. 6. 2001. Mentioned in two books by Dr.Lubomir Doruzka: The Violet Ball of Jazz and The Czech Jazz Between the Tanks and Keys 1968-1989.

Awards:
His song "Old Couple" which appears on the "Earth Life" CD was the Runner-Up in the jazz category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 1999.
The "Earth Life" CD was awarded by the Harmonie magazine as the best czech jazz CD of the year 2000.
Second prize at the Jazz Contest of the International Jazz Festival in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic (1985)
With group Naima: finals of the Jazz Contest at the Leverkusener Jazztage, Germany (1986)

Contact information:
jhonzak@seznam.cz

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