Under the leadership of Jan Jirucha (1993 – 2005)
The band J.J.Jazzmen formed in 1993. Under the leadership of Jan Jirucha ("J.J."), who lent his name to the band, the band has performed with the program "Remembrance of Louis Armstrong" on both the home music scene and abroad: in Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Italy, England, on Mediterranean Jazz Cruise and in the USA. A special guest - a former colleague of Armstrong's and member of his "All Stars" band, clarinet player Joe Muranyi, gave a performance in March and June 2000 in Prague and Berlin together with J.J.Jazzmen. The following year, J.J.Jazzmen were honoured by receiving an invitation to perform in the "cradle" of Jazz and birthplace of Louis Armstrong at the famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in May 2001.
Under the leadership of Milos Kejr
After band leader Jan Jirucha passed away in December 2005, J.J.Jazzmen performed under the leadership of drummer Miloš Kejř with a project called "Contemporary New Orleans Sound". With this program, the band took part in festivals in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, (Chivas Jazz Festival Praha, Trnava Jazz Festival, Slaný Jazz Days, Swing Festival Praha, Jazz Goes to Town Hradec Králové, Hořice Jazz Nights 2012 etc.) and abroad: in Denmark (Fredericia a Odense), in Germany and in Austria (Jazz Fest Burg Lörrach, Erlanger Jazz Band Ball, A Boat Full of Jazz am Rhein, Cotton Club Hamburg, 42.Internationales Dixieland Festival Dresden 2012, Royal Garden Jazz Club Graz, Gamlitz Kultur-Genussreigen etc) and in Switzerland at JAZZ ASCONA 2015
Since January 2018, a new female singer has started to sing with us at J.J. Jazzmen. Her name is Barbora Vagnerova and she possesses a very charming alto voice. Barbora’s love for jazz and her natural feeling was appreciated by our audience straight from the first show.
More about Barbora: https://www.barbora-vagnerova.com/
Last significant performances
A series of concerts in November 2010 with one of the best current New Orleans musicians,
clarinetist Evan Christopher was a big inspiration for the whole band. VIDEO
In January 2011 J.J.Jazzmen recorded their last live CD at the Dixieland-Jubilee festival in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
In November 2013 we continued our cooperation with Denise Gordon another series of concerts and recording
a live CD.VIDEO
2013 concert with Mike Fulton from New Orleans VIDEO
2015 festival JAZZ ASCONA VIDEO
2015 concert with Tom Mc Dermott from New Orleans VIDEO
J.J.Jazzmen band members
Josef Pospisil (trombone, vocal) graduated from the State Conservatory, and is among others a member of the Felix Slovacek Big Band or famous Boom-Band and coveted studio musician. He has performed at many festivals and in clubs all over Europe.
Jiri Masacek (cornet), graduated at the Military Conservatory in Roudnice nad Labem. There can be little doubt that he is the best trumpeter of the new Czech dixieland music generation. He has performed at many festivals and in clubs all over Europe and in 2015 at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans with international band “Bernie & the Party Gators“. He has also participated in various jam sessions with leading New Orleans musicians such as Mike Fulton, Tom Fisher, Charlie Fardela, Aurora Nealand,
Zdenek Kalhous (piano), an experienced pianist, graduated at the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory where he also later taught. A former member of the famous "Jazzsanatorium of Luděk Hulan" or National Theater Orchestra , he has performed at various festivals and clubs in Europe, and in the USA at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (with J.J.Jazzmen).
Jan Greifoner (bass), one of the most sought contemporary Czech bassists graduated at the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory and won the competition Junior Jazz 2002 in the category "Best Jazz soloist" under 30 years old. He similarly performs at various festivals and in clubs in Europe, and also in 2001 in the USA at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (with J.J.Jazzmen).
Milos Kejr (drums), an experienced drummer who graduated at the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory also frequently performs at various festivals and in clubs all over Europe including in the USA at the 2001 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (with J.J.Jazzmen). In 2008 he performed at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans as a member of international "Old Jazz Union International Band" and in 2015 with international band “Bernie & the Party Gators“. During his eight visits to New Orleans, he has participated in various jam sessions with leading New Orleans musicians such as Leroy Jones, Evan Christopher, Lars Edegran, Kerry Lewis, Don Vappie, Mitchell Player, Paul Longstreth, Freddie Lonzo, Steamboat Willie and many others.
Josef "Bazik" Pavelka (trombone, vocal) died March 31, 2013, was graduated at the State Conservatory in Kromeriz, and is a longtime member of the Radio Bigband Prague and of the Karel Gott accompanying band. In 90's he represented Czech Republic several times in the international EBU Big Band (European Broadcasting Union). He performed at festivals all over Europe, and in 1985 in the USA at the Sacramento Jazz Festival & Jubilee.