Monday, September 1, 2008

GigTips: September 2008

September is here, and with it the traces of autumn fall upon us with the inevitability of a drum solo. Nights fall quicker, and the leaves that were so bright in spring are tumbling into their last fanfare of yellow, gold and brown. Do not despair though… Prague is pretty in the late season, ice hockey and football are back with us (Slavie do toho! Smrt Spartě!), and the music is as good as ever.

Madfinger, fresh from their exuberant and show-stealing performance in Old Town Square, will be making several appearances at AghaRTA Jazz Centrum (11/9, 19/9, 20/9). Lots of funky fun, they are especially worth seeing for Markéta Foukalová’s superb vocals.

Also at AJC this month are woodwind maestro Jiří Stivín (17/9, 18/9) and the always powerful piano heavyweight Karel Růžička (13/9).

Elsewhere, the excellent Beata Hlavenková (8/9) will be taking her Trio (no steel guitar this time) through its paces at USP Jazz Lounge, and manic pianist Ondřej Kabrna will do likewise on 23/9.

Finally, the Robert Balzar Trio are really on form at the moment, and you can see them at the “submarine” - U Malého Glena – on 4/9. Please remember to shut up while the band play… it is a small place and you will annoy people if you talk. Or even breathe too loudly. And remember to buy a copy of their excellent Tales album while you are there.

Please remember to check with the venue in case of any changes, and reserve ahead to be sure of a seat. And do tell the club that you saw the gig featured on Prague Jazz

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