UPDATED: Jazz Unites Us across continents

THE CLICHÉ that music transcends borders is reflected in the very title of a project combining US, Slovak and Czech musicians. Jazz Unites Us brings five jazz professionals to the region via a tour of the same name, covering several venues in Slovakia, with stops in Budapest and Prague.

THE CLICHÉ that music transcends borders is reflected in the very title of a project combining US, Slovak and Czech musicians. Jazz Unites Us brings five jazz professionals to the region via a tour of the same name, covering several venues in Slovakia, with stops in Budapest and Prague.

It seems that Americans have gotten to know the Slovak jazz scene, and they like it. Only a few weeks after Casey Benjamin visited the country, renowned US saxophonist Eric Wyatt will come to perform with Slovak singer Hanka Gregušová, with Ondrej Krajňák (SK) on piano, Tomáš Baros (CZ) on double bass, Pavel Wlosok (CZ/US) on piano and Marián Ševčík (SK) on drums. The tour is supported by the US Embassy to Slovakia.

Wyatt, who comes from a family of musicians and was tutored by Sonny Rollins, recently released his fifth album, which will be available during the tour. Gregušová merges jazz with soul and has performed abroad, and she has invited foreign guests to accompany her in Slovakia. She is currently finishing her second album.

On July 7 (the date was changed due to weather forecast), the whole group will play at St Marten Restaurant in Bratislava at 19:00, on July 9 at Levice Castle, on July 10 in Budapest, followed by a gig at the Art Jazz Gallery/Kursalon in Piešťany the next day, and Žilina on July 12. More updated information can be found at hankagregusova.com website. The tour will wrap up in Prague on July 15. On July 14, Eric Wyatt will offer an evening jazz workshop in Bratislava’s Kontakt bar.

Top stories

ÚPN head Ondrej Krajňák following the verdict of the court in favour of Babiš.

Babiš wins over ÚPN, for good

ANDREJ Babiš did not consciously collaborate with the pre-1989 secret service. That is the final verdict in the case of the current Czech finance minister versus the Nation’s Memory Institute. 

Foreign organisations protest against police brutality

THE SLOVAK government has not paid much attention to the investigation into the June 19, 2013 police raid in Roma settlement Budulovská in Moldava nad Bodvou. Instead, the government is commenting on events before…

Summer holidays for pupils start

MOST pupils at primary and secondary schools received their year-end school reports on June 30. 

Mochovce nuclear power station

Fico cancels meeting in Rome

PRIME Minister Robert Fico originally claimed to visit Italy in June to discuss the sale of the majority share in the Slovenské Elektrárne (SE) electricity producer with its majority owner, company Enel.

Eric Wyatt

Source: Courtesy of H. Gregušová