Jazz Band was founded in the early 2011, originally
as a group of musicians, friends and former band-mates.
Some of them met in this new jazz band after a long
Iniciators of the whole project were the
band-leader, guitarist Petr Janovec, and bass
guitarist Jarda W. Kotek. The roots of their musical
collaboration are dating back to the mid-nineties,
when they played together in a well known Turnov
Lédl Jazz Quintet, and later in an original jazz
group Corcovado. Jarda W. Kotek also brought
trumpeter Dušan Douša and drummer Jan Paulík. The
band was joined by vocalist Tomáš Vyšohlíd soon
after. The original formation played at a series of
performances, especially in Mnichovo Hradiště and
After some time Jarda Kotek and Jan Paulík decided
to concentate their energy and focus fully on their
home band Meckie Messer. Janovec Jazz Band was then
joined by an experienced drummer Michal Pecka (former
Lédl Jazz Quintet band-mate) and Jan Hanuš (e.g.
Jazz Paluba). In 2014 comes another experienced
player, saxophonist Vláďa Vlášek from Jablonec, and
the band personally settled.
Since then, Janovec Jazz Band have often played in
Mnichovo Hradiště, Turnov, Semily, Jablonec and
Janovec Jazz Band has in its repertoire jazz
standards by Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Cole
Porter, George Gershwin, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck,
Duke Ellington and other great authors, but the band
also enjoys playing blues songs.
Janovec Jazz Band has its own approach to
interpretation of traditional compositions, with
emphasis on original arrangements.