Often lauded as one of the leading figures of the Czech jazz scene, David Dorůžka has been active as a professional musician from the age of 14, having played concerts all over the world, collaborated with many of today’s leading musicians, and having spent extensive periods in the cities of New York and Paris. In the past seasons Dorůžka has been busy performing in France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Poland, Turkey and other countries. On his latest CD Autumn Tales (released in 2016 and referred to as “a masterpiece” by the server Lidovky.cz), Dorůžka returns again to the trio format, with Jiří Slavík on bass and Martin Novák on drums. Although at the core of the album are Dorůžka’s own compositions, the artist also drew inspiration from Jewish music, the works of Bohuslav Martinů, and popular interwar jazz. The trio’s music stands out because of its unusually dynamic and sensitive interplay, deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, yet open to experiments and borrowing from other musical genres, ranging from rock influences and Middle Eastern grooves to adaptations of folk melodies with a strong Slavic character and classical pieces.
Thirty-seven-year-old David Dorůžka started performing on the Czech jazz scene as a teenager. He studied composition and improvisation at the Berklee College of Music in Boston under Joe Lovano, Mick Goodrick and George Garzone, and also had an opportunity to learn from musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, and Christian McBride.