Jaromír Honzák
 | Independent Artist
http://www.jaromirhonzak.com



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  • Zyex Bass String Set, 3/4 Scale, Medium Tension
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The D'Addario Zyex strings are the first synthetic core strings which convinced me to switch from steel strings. They feel great - they are thicker compare to steels. Their tension is lower and their timbre brighter compare to other synthetic strings, which make them close to gut strings both in terms of feel and sound, but with all the advantages of modern technology. And they bow great and last long.

A D’Addario Orchestral player since 2011.

Bassist and composer Jaromír Honzák performed with virtually all of the major figures of the Czech jazz scene. Jaromír co-founded the group Naima, which fast became one of the most significant Czech jazz groups of the 1980s. Throughout the years he has appeared with international artists such as Art Farmer, Phil Wilson, Don Friedman, Alan Praskin, Giovanni Basso, Amina Claudine Myers and Victor Lewis. He has performed at a number of international festivals including Sea Jazz Helsinki, Ingolstadter Jazztage, Leverkusener Jazztage, the Jazz Jamboree Warsaw, the Montreal International Jazz Festival and many others. In 1989 Jaromír was awarded both Berklee and Fulbright scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied with Bruce Gertz, Hal Crook, John La Porta and Rick Peckham, and performed with fellow students Jorge Rossy, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Roy Hargrove, Mark Turner and Chris Cheek. Since returning to the Czech Republic in 1990, Jaromír has documented his work as a bandleader, bassist and composer in eight recordings: "Getting There Together" (1995, PJ Music); "Earth Life" (2000, Cube Metier); "Present Past" (2003, Indies); "A Question To All Your Answers" (2007, Animal Music), "Little Things" (2009, Animal Music), "Uncertainty" (2014, Animal Music) and "Early Music" (2017 Animal Music). His album "Blood Sings" (2012, Animal Music) covers the music of Suzanne Vega. On his recordings Jaromír collaborates with a range of international artists, including Kuba Stankiewicz, Piotr Baron, Michal Tokaj, Lukasz Zyta, Christian Rover, Jorge Rossy, Chris Cheek, Sissel Vera Pettersen, David Dorůžka, Antonin-Tri Hoang and Jon Falt. Jaromír’s recordings and compositions have been awarded numerous prizes both in the Czech Republic and abroad. His albums "Early Music", "Uncertainty", "Little Things", "A Question To All Your Answers" and "Present Past" were each awarded the "Angel" prize for the best Czech jazz recording of the year. In 2009, album "A Question To All Your Answers" won 3rd place at Instrumental Jazz Album category of the Just Plain Folks Award. His tune "Constant Struggle" is featured in the European Realbook (Sher Music). Presently, Jaromír leads his own Quintet and collaborates with many jazz artists. He is also a member of the Eben Brothers band as well as Iva Bittová's group Čikori. Jaromír leads the jazz department at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (HAMU) in Prague.




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