Embassy of the Czech Republic


Top Czech jazz guitarist Libor Šmoldas will be performing two concerts in Washington, DC, as part of the Mutual Inspiratinions Festival 2017. He will perform a solo concert at the Czech Embassy on Oct. 3, and as part of the Libor Smoldas Organ Trio on Oct. 4 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. For more details, read below.  


Concert: October 3, 6 pm
Embassy of the Czech Republic

Czech jazz guitarist Libor Šmoldas will perform a solo concert of songs from his album "Blue, Šmoldas Plays Ježek" at the Czech Embassy on October 3, at 6 pm. The evening will include such greats as Tmavomodrý svět (Dark Blue World) and Klobouk ve křoví (Hat in the Bushes). Šmoldas dedicated the album to Jaroslav Ježek's legacy. He says, "Before I fell in love with the music of Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Miles Davis and other greats of American jazz, I listened to jazz of premium quality and yet wholly Czech – music of a genius musician, Jaroslav Ježek – I loved it." Join us under the stars for this incredible night of jazz at the Czech Embassy.

Event Details:
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 3, 6 pm
Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Admission: Free
RSVP required: https://liborsmoldas.eventbrite.com


Concert: October 4, 6 pm

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 

The Libor Šmoldas Organ Trio, comprised of European jazz guitar star LiborŠmoldas, and local artists Gregory Hatza (organ), and Leland Nakamura (drums), will perform a groovy mixture of jazz, blues, soul and funk, at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on October 4, at 6 pm.


Date: October 4, 2017, at 6 pm

Location: The John F. Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566
Admission is free. | RSVP is not required.


About the Artists:
Libor Šmoldas (guitar) is considered to be one of the best jazz musicians in the Czech Republic. He has worked, toured and recorded with international stars such as bassists Jay Anderson and George Mraz, drummers Jeff Ballard and Adam Nussbaum, organists Sam Yahel, Ondrej Pivec and Brian Charette, and legendary saxophonist Bobby Watson. His concert activities cover most European countries, the United States, Australia, and China, performing at some of the world’s most prestigious jazz clubs. He has released multiple albums. www.liborsmoldas.cz/en/

Gregory Hatza (organ) started his professional career in Lenny Moore’s club in Baltimore, where he played jazz organ for four years. During that time, he recorded two albums for Coral Records – The Wizardry of Greg Hatza and Organized Jazz. Later, he played the electronic keyboard and piano as a member of the contemporary fusion band Moon August, which was named the number one jazz band in the Washington area. In 1994, he formed the Greg Hatza ORGANization and has been performing and recording on electric organ ever since. www.greghatza.com


Leland Nakamura (drums) has been working in the Washington, DC area since 1991. He has performed with a variety of groups and artists, touring South America, Europe, and North America. He has recorded on a variety of projects, both as a member of different groups and as a freelance studio musician. His recordings include CDs by the Peter Fraize Quintet, The Rob Holmes Quintet, The Dan Leonard Trio, The Emptys, and Shane Hines and the Trance. Other studio highlights include tracks for the rock band Vertical Horizon, featured on the gold selling album Aware II, as well as soundtrack sessions for the ABC television series City Kids.


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