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Karel Ruzicka Jr.

Born: June 27, 1973    Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Karel Ruzicka Jr.

Award winning saxophonist, composer and producer Karel Ruzicka Jr. has a way to captivate the audience in practically any musical context. It was already evident back in 1992 when his group “The Four” was awarded the first prize at the International Jazz Festival in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic in 1992. Their appearance at the prestigious Jazz a Vienne in France that summer was received with standing ovation. The group released their album “Space and Rhythm in 1994 to a great critical acclaim. Karel Ruzicka Jr. then briefly visited his future home of New York and met many great jazz artists including trumpeter Roy Hargrove...
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Talent of the year 1992 (Czech Jazz Society) Czech Grammy Nomination (1997 Czech Recording Academy) Tenor and Alto Saxophonist of the year 1998 (Czech Jazz Society) Golden Angel Nomination (2004 Czech Recording Academy)

Michael Brecker on album Brooklyn moods: “Your CD sounds great!!! Wonderful work from a great saxophonist!”

Michael Brecker : “With his full-bodied sound and vast fluency of ideas, Karel has an amazing facility on his instrument. Furthermore, his music is a combination of many different musical styles, displaying a high level of sensitivity and expression.”

Ravi Coltrane: “Karel Ruzicka Jr. is an important young musician.His contributions, I feel, are needed here in the city.”

As a Leader: BROOKLYN MOODS Record Label: Cube/Metier Year released: 2004 Tracks: One For George; Jennifer Susanne; Pronto; Reflection; Another Time; One Coffee To Go; Brooklyn Moods; Strange Blues; Dressed To Chill; Bye Bye Baby. Personnel: Karel Ruzicka Jr: tenor saxophone, Bruce Barth: piano, George Mraz: bass, Brandon Lewis: drums YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN Record Label: Arta Records Year Released: 1997 Tracks: You Know What I Mean; Imagine; Forgotten Time; By The Way; Easy Living; Sunny Afternoon; Time For Love; Carl's Theme; Fried Pies. Personnel: Karel Ruzicka Jr: tenor/soprano Saxophone, David Doruzka, guitar, Stanislav Macha: piano, Petr Dvorsky: bass, Marek Patrman: drums

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Primary Instrument:
Sax, tenor

Brooklyn, NY

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Karel is teaching students from beginners to advanced. He is on the faculty of New York Jazz Academy and teaches privately. Karel teaches saxophone and flute performance, piano for composers and improvisation. The lessons emphasize tone production and development of improvisational skills - listening, II-VI-I progressions, modal and chromatic approaches to building the melodic lines, rhythmic awareness and ability to tell the "story" while soloing.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Karel's clinics consist of two main goals: 1) Helping you find your individual voice on the saxophone through development of a beautiful tone and smooth technique. 2) Ability to play and improvise on different types of tunes in both small and large ensembles.

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Tenor and Alto Saxophone: Selmer Mark VI Soprano Saxophone: Selmer Super Action Series 3 Flute: Yamaha YFL-361

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