Lubomir Doruzka is a living legend of Czech jazz. He has been involved in music since the Second World War, when, as a teenager, he worked on an illegal jazz magazine. Because he speaks fluent English he has often accompanied musical ensembles, both jazz and classical, on tours abroad. Here he remembers an extraordinary concert in Addis Ababa during a tour of Africa in 1957, when the Janacek Quartet was invited to play for the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie.
Music and youth social work unite at the 10th anniversary of a civic organization called Proxima Sociale. The event took place at a vibrant Prague night club called Palac Akropolis last Friday. Proxima Sociale works in two large districts in Prague and offers various resources to youth, such as housing and psychological support, and they are also very active in recruiting possible candidates for these services on the street. But yes this is an arts report. The event presented four young Czech bands ranging from jazz melodies, hardcore and reggae
Prague's Jewish Museum recently released a CD that is nothing short of miraculous. At the height of the Nazi occupation of Prague during the Second World War, the Czech Jewish jazz musician, Fritz Weiss, made nearly thirty recordings with the Emil Ludvik Orchestra. Weiss was musical leader of the band and also made all the arrangements. Amazingly, he continued to work with the band even after he was sent to the Terezin ghetto. In Encore today, we'll be telling the story of these extraordinary swing recordings, made literally in the shadow of the