Often lauded as one of the leading figures of the Czech jazz scene, David Dorůžka has been active as a professional musician from the age of 14, having played concerts all over the world, collaborated with many of today’s leading musicians, and having spent extensive periods in the cities of New York and Paris. In the past seasons Dorůžka has been busy performing in France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Poland, Turkey and other countries. On his latest CD Autumn Tales (released in 2016 and referred to as “the best Czech jazz CD of 2016” by the Academy of Popular Music and the Czech Radio Jazz and as “a masterpiece” by the server Lidovky.cz), Dorůžka returns again to the trio format, and although at the core of the album are Dorůžka’s own compositions, the artist also drew inspiration from Jewish music, the works of Bohuslav Martinů, and popular interwar jazz.
Thirty-nine-year-old David Dorůžka started performing on the Czech jazz scene as a teenager. He studied composition and improvisation at the Berklee College of Music in Boston under Joe Lovano, Mick Goodrick and George Garzone, and also had an opportunity to learn from musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, and Christian McBride. Dorůžka has received three Czech Anděl Awards for Jazz Albums of the Year for his own records (Hidden Paths, 2004; Silently Dawning, 2008; Autumn Tales, 2016); he obtained the same award in 2012 for the album Light Year in collaboration with the quintet Inner Spaces. Dorůžka has performed at numerous prestigious festivals and clubs all over the world and has participated in countless recordings. He has appeared with the likes of George Mraz, Jorge Rossy, Chris Cheek, Arild Andersen, Django Bates, Kendrick Scott, Dan Tepfer, Bill McHenry, Jon Fält, Marcin Wasilewski, Rodney Green, Daniele di Bonaventura, Marta Topferová, Aga Zaryan, the
Tiburtina Ensemble, Iva Bittová and others to name a few.