I was Born in Karvina in the former Czechoslovakia, August 5th, 1963, I was always interested in music from an early age. When I was 10 I was given a clarinet, which was not my first choice, I wanted a saxophone but the price was prohibitive so I played the clarinet until I was 15, when I was given a school saxophone to practice and start having lessons.
Whilst at art college in Cambridge, I was first exposed to jazz, and bought my first saxophone, I started having lessons with Kevin Flanagan an American who used to play with amongst others, Tommy Chase in the 80's, he hipped me to Bird, Rollins, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Hank Mobley and Coltrane, luckily the college where I was studying had a music department, so I was able to take advantage of their sizeable jazz collection and get to know the music of some of the greats. Since then other influences include Sonny Stitt, Jackie McLean, Charles McPherson, Cannonball Adderley, George Coleman, Pepper Adams, Gary Smulyan, Harry Carney, Monk, Victor Feldman, Wynton Kelly, Red Garland, Blue Mitchell, Lee Morgan, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, Thad Jones, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn amongst many others.
After moving to London in the late 80's, I began studying intensively and started playing at various venues, some of the musicians I've played with over the years include, Dominic Howles, Colin Oxley, Steve Fishwick, Bob Martin, Richard Busiakiewicz, Simon Purcell, Arnie Somogyi, Jeremy Brown, Dave Chamberlain, Steve Brown, Matt Skelton, Paul Eldridge, Tristan Maillot, Alison Bentley, Leon Greening, Matt Fishwick, Matt Home, Eryl Roberts, Mark Fenby, Kate Williams, Sebastian de Krom, Olivier Slama, Gideon Marcus. Riaan Vosloo, Julian Bury, Eriko Ishihara, Pete Whittacker, Julie Walkington, Jonny Gee, Ed Benstead.