5/28/2012

British prog legend U.K., whose short career spanned from 1977 to 1980, re-united earlier this year in line-up from their second album Danger Money (1979). John Wetton - bass and vocals (ex-Family, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, still working with Asia), Eddie Jobson - keyboards and violin (ex-Curved Air, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa) and Terry Bozzio - drums (ex-Frank Zappa) toured United States succesfully and for this May's European tour Wetton and Jobson joined forces with Australian guitar prodigy Alex Machacek and drummer Gary Husband (Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin and many others). This actual version of U.K. will play their Prague premiere on May 29th at Lucerna Music Bar as part of Prague International Bluenight series. In June, "American" line-up of Wetton-Jobson-Bozzio will play five dates in Japan, where they taped their third and final album, a live recording Night After Night in 1979.





On the same evening, May 29th, there is another concert of Jazz Meets World series at Jazz Time - MAMADOU DiABATÉ & PERCUSSiON MANiA, African rhythm-driven quintet from Burkina Faso. Upcoming events of JMW series include American surrealistic blues octet HAZMAT MODiNE (with noted jazz tuba player Joe Daley) on June 7th at Rock Café, 8-piece goup of flamenco guitar legend PACO DE LUCiA (main hall of Lucerna on June 26th), bassist AViSHAi COHEN's new project DUENDE (which seems to be a duo with pianist Nitai Hershkovits, concert at Hybernia Theatre on October 21st) and jazz veteran, 80 years old  tenor saxophonist SONNY ROLLiNS as part of Strings of Autumn festival (again in Lucerna main hall, October  31st). Associated series Jazz at Prague Castle continues on June 19th with world class Czech double bassist GEORGE (aka Jiří) MRAZ and his American quartet including Rich Perry on tenor sax and Joey Baron on drums.


Among regular concerts in Prague prominent Jazz Dock club, there is return of TODD CLOUSER'S A LOVE ELECTRiC, a highly praised American-Mexican guitar-led unit on June 1st. For weekend of June 21-23, Jazz Dock stage (and roof) will be part of free UNiTED iSLANDS festival, with three or more acts each day.


Another free festival, more classic rock oriented ZADARMOFEST, located in one of the largest Prague garden pubs in Riegrovy Sady, is entering its third edition with three Thursday evenings in June, July and August. Each concert stars at 6PM and programme is as follows:


June 7th: Nasycen, Bratranci Veverkové Jethro Tull Tribute, Rain
July 19th: Red Baron Band, Kulhánek~Holeček~Razím~Kowacz, Silent Session, Oskar Petr
August 30th: Dirty Seedz (USA/CZ), Red Baron Band, Silent Session, Vinnie James (UK)

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