Jan Mazura - Jazz Composer, Arranger, Pianist & Music Journalist
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BIO
 

Jan Mazura (1986) is an open-minded freelance composer, arranger and pianist currently based in Prague, Czech Republic, focusing on various forms of contemporary music. His piece Nuevas Tradiciones was awarded the Best Jazz Composition prize (Nejlepší jazzová skladba) by OSA and Bohemia Jazz Fest in 2018. He is also active as a journalist and a photographer.

Jan holds a degree in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, USA and a degree in Piano Performance (jazz and classical) from Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory in Prague, Czech Republic.
MUSIC
 
Original compositions
Collaborations
Performances
 
PROJECTS

Over the years, Jan has written stylistically diverse music for various professional international ensembles and projects including big bands, symphony orchestras, theatre orchestras and medium-size jazz ensembles as well as for spots and YouTube series.

He was a long-time member of a playful jazz quintet Fanfan Tulipan (2009–2017) and a leader of a jazz quintet Emperor Penguin (2008–2011), his own first band. While living in the US, he put together a jazz septet, which performed live and recorded an EP. Jan or the bands he played in have been awarded multiple times in international music competitions (Mladi ladi jazz, Jazz Prix).

Other projects he significantly contributed to as a composer/arranger include Al Nabi Wal Ghanyah (The Prophet and the Harlot), an epic crossover musical by Lebanese singer Nizar Fares, which was recorded in Los Angeles, New York City and Boston. He also worked with the band U-Prag and Czech directors Štěpán FOK Vodrážka, Jan Vejnar, Veronika Nastoupilova among others.

Besides living in the US for two years, Jan lived in Valencia, Spain for another two years, composing a large flamenco–inspired cycle of music for a big band.

As a pianist he has performed in the US, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Austria, Romania and Slovakia on events such as Bohemia Jazz Fest, Jazz Goes to Town, Bratislavske jazzove dny and others.

 
PHOTOS
Stepanka Balcarova and Jan Mazura
Stepanka Balcarova and Jan Mazura

Stepanka Balcarova and Jan Mazura in rehearsal with the Concept Art Orchestra.

Jan Mazura – Nejlepsi jazzova skladba 2017 Bohemia Jazz Fest
Jan Mazura – Nejlepsi jazzova skladba 2017 Bohemia Jazz Fest

Jan's piece Nuevas Tradiciones was awarded the Best Jazz Composition prize (Nejlepší jazzová skladba) by OSA and Bohemia Jazz Fest in 2018. Foto: David Peltan

Jan Mazura – Nejlepsi jazzova skladba 2017 Bohemia Jazz Fest
Jan Mazura – Nejlepsi jazzova skladba 2017 Bohemia Jazz Fest

Jan's piece Nuevas Tradiciones was awarded the Best Jazz Composition prize (Nejlepší jazzová skladba) by OSA and Bohemia Jazz Fest in 2018. Foto: David Peltan

Jan Mazura and Berklee CSO
Jan Mazura and Berklee CSO

Jan Mazura conducting the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra at Berklee College of Music.

Jan Mazura
Jan Mazura

Jan Mazura in studio with his American septet.

Jan Mazura Jazz Septet
Jan Mazura Jazz Septet

Jan's senior recital at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. May 2014.

Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan
Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan

Performing with Fanfan Tulipan at the Bohemia Jazz Fest. Foto: David Peltan

Jan Mazura, Concept Art Orchestra
Jan Mazura, Concept Art Orchestra

Jan Mazura in rehearsal with the Concept Art Orchestra.

Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan
Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan

Jan Mazura playing with Fanfan Tulipan in Jazz Dock, Prague.

Jan Mazura, Fanfan Tulipan 2015
Jan Mazura, Fanfan Tulipan 2015

Jan Mazura, Stepan Zbytovsky, Jan Neruda, Eliska Svobodova, Simon Hajdovsky.

Jan Mazura – Emperor Penguin
Jan Mazura – Emperor Penguin

Jan Mazura playing with Emperor Penguin in Jazz Dock, Prague.

Jan Mazura, Fanfan Tulipan 2015
Jan Mazura, Fanfan Tulipan 2015

Jan Neruda, Stepan Zbytovsky, Eliska Svobodova, Jan Mazura, Simon Hajdovky.

Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan
Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan

Performing with Fanfan Tulipan at the Bohemia Jazz Fest. Foto: David Peltan

Jan Mazura – Emperor Penguin
Jan Mazura – Emperor Penguin

Jan Mazura playing with Fanfan Tulipan in Jazz Dock, Prague.

Jan Mazura, Fanfan Tulipan 2014
Jan Mazura, Fanfan Tulipan 2014

Eliska Svobodova, Dusan Navarik, Jan Neruda, Jan Mazura, Simon Hajdovsky.

Jan Mazura - Fanfan Tulipan - 12
Jan Mazura - Fanfan Tulipan - 12
Jan Mazura – Emperor Penguin
Jan Mazura – Emperor Penguin

Jan Mazura performing with Emperor Penguin.

Jan Mazura - Fanfan Tulipan - 11
Jan Mazura - Fanfan Tulipan - 11
Jan Mazura Jazz Septet
Jan Mazura Jazz Septet
Jan Mazura - Fanfan Tulipan - 14
Jan Mazura - Fanfan Tulipan - 14
Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan
Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan

Jan Mazura performing with Vlado Micenko and Cyril Lojda at the Fanfan Tulipan concert.

Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan
Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan

Jan Mazura playing with Fanfan Tulipan in Jazz Dock, Prague.

Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan
Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan

Jan Mazura performing with Dusan Navarik, Vlado Micenko and Eliska Svobodova at the Fanfan Tulipan concert.

Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan
Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan

Performing with Fanfan Tulipan at the Bohemia Jazz Fest. Foto: David Peltan

Jan Mazura – Emperor Penguin
Jan Mazura – Emperor Penguin

Jan Mazura performing with Emperor Penguin.

Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan
Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan

Jan Mazura performing with Dusan Navarik and Vlado Micenko at the Fanfan Tulipan concert.

Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan
Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan

Jan Mazura performing with Fanfan Tulipan.

Jan Mazura – Emperor Penguin
Jan Mazura – Emperor Penguin

Jan Mazura performing with Emperor Penguin.

Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan
Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan

Performing with Fanfan Tulipan at the Bohemia Jazz Fest. Foto: David Peltan

Jan Mazura - Emperor Penguin - 05
Jan Mazura - Emperor Penguin - 05

Emperor Penguin in the Sono recording studio – Jan Kyncl, Michael Nosek, Karel Hubacek.

Jan Mazura – Emperor Penguin
Jan Mazura – Emperor Penguin

Jan Mazura playing with Emperor Penguin in Jazz Dock, Prague.

Fanfan Tulipan – Promo 2013
Fanfan Tulipan – Promo 2013

Standing: Eliska Svobodova, Dusan Navarik, Jan Mazura. Sitting: Vlado Micenko, Cyril Lojda.

Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan
Jan Mazura – Fanfan Tulipan

Performing with Fanfan Tulipan at the Bohemia Jazz Fest. Foto: David Peltan

Jan Mazura – Emperor Penguin
Jan Mazura – Emperor Penguin

Jan Mazura performing with Emperor Penguin.

Jan Mazura
Jan Mazura

Jan Mazura in studio with his American septet.

Jan Mazura – Jazz Septet
Jan Mazura – Jazz Septet

Jan's senior recital at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. May 2014.

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JOURNALISM

Besides working as a musician, Jan has been active in various degrees as a music journalist since 2002, contributing album reviews, concert reviews and feature interviews to print and online media in the Czech Republic. The subject of his work is currently only jazz, although it has varied in the past.

Today, he works as the Head of Classical Music and Jazz Desk at the Czech Radio Vltava, a branch of the public service radio.

Throughout his career, Jan has written numerous articles for Lidove noviny, Aktualne.cz, Harmonie, Czech Radio Jazz, Report and MIX.cz. His interviewees included Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, John McLaughlin or Karel Ruzicka sr.

 
CONTACT

00420 728 205 728

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