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Czech Jazz-rock Groups

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Since last year, Prague has had posters everywhere reminding Czech citizens of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution; 30 Years of Freedom, state posters showing masses of people gathering on Wenceslaus Square demanding the end of Communism. Well, their freedom to do typical activities last 30 years; as this could be a way to interpret those posters now, as Freedom has ended indefinitely, due to governmental restrictions, as it has happened similarly across Europe and possibly in every country, sooner or later, due to the Covid-19 virus. Coincidentally, few months before, 101 Czech Jazz men and women posed for historic photo to celebrate their Jazz heritage across generations and despite odds, since although Jazz from the West was not ban, recordings and Radio broadcasts from the West were so restrict, that the Czech scene was behind times; yet, Czechs do have commendable Jazz scene under Communism and they are proud of it; they also manage to have state-sponsor recording sessions with American and West European Jazz players for decades. Calling it the biggest meeting of Czech Jazz men and women in history, photo was organized by the Jazz Section of Czech Radio Broadcasting company and it was do in honour and to match historic photograph from 1958, Great Day in Harlem, which had 57 American Jazz musicians, and assorted children sitting on curb. Photography in Harlem was done for Esquire magazine, for an article title, Golden Age of Jazz, unsure of who would show up at 10 am on Sunday morning for a group photo. Photo Great Day in Harlem by Art Kane has Count Basie, Rex Stuart, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Gene Krupa, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Jo Jones, Mary Lou Williams, Buck Clayton, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer and others showing the history of Jazz across decades. The majority of younger ones represent the rise or height of hard bop, like Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Benny Golson, etc. Similarly, Czech photo of 101 Jazz musicians spans many decades, with the eldest being trombonist Vaclav Fiala one year before Communists took power through elections in 1948. Since the beginning of his musical career, in the early 60s, he played Dixieland and Blues with Eva Olmerova, sultry Slavic cross of Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughan and Janis Joplin. There is a recording of him with Traditional Jazz Studio from 1972, including New Orleans Blues Alberts Blues with Albert Nicolas, and who unfortunately died the following year in Basel, Switzerland. Lubos Bob Zajicek, Co-founder of Traditional Jazz Studio is there too, beside Fiala; as Co-founder of Traditional Jazz Studio, Zajicek is another veteran, and a recording of him from 1966 performing as Benny Waters & Traditional Jazz Studio is on YouTube.

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