Reduta Jazz Club - Prague, Czech Republic
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Torgut
N 50° 04.939 E 014° 25.108
33U E 458394 N 5547945
Quick Description: This is one of the most famous jazz clubs in Prague, located in the center of the city and with a long list of notable guests.
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 7/30/2014 3:15:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMM6E0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team GPSaxophone
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Long Description:
This club opened in 1957, founded by Jan Arnet. Later, in the late 80's it was an important center for those unhappy with the regime and about to trigger the Velvet Revolution.

Reduta has been receiving notable guests, perhaps the most famous was Bill Clinton, who play his saxophone, a gift of the by then president of Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, in this club in 1994.

Its location is excellent, in Narodni Trida, on the center of the city.

From Wikipedia:

"The club was established in 1957 by the bassist Jan Arnet and took its name from a term for centres of fun and music, Reduta. Its early existence was associated with the activities of the Accord Club, an institute which played an important role in formation of "small stage theatres", influencing the development of theatre and music in the country in this era. At that time (early 1960s), Reduta supported small theatre ensembles such as Jára Cimrman Theatre and Lyra Pragensis. The club also attempted to promote jazz from the very beginning in the 1950s, at the time when this genre was condemned by the ruling Communist regime. The premiere concert of the renowned jazz ensemble Studio 5 took place in Reduta on 2 June 1958; the line up included important exponents of the Czech jazz, such as Karel Velebný and Ludek Hulan.

Artists performing at Reduta include jazz performers from around the world. Names like Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck and Chick Corea performed at the club. Czech artists such as Vlasta Pruchová, Karel Krautgartner, Miroslav Vitouš, Jirí Jelínek and Jirí Stivín regularly played in the club as well. The club also actively participated in organizing of the Prague International Jazz Festival, since 1964.

At the end of the 1980s, Reduta Jazz Club became one of the centres of the Velvet Revolution. It managed to retain its appeal after the end of the Communist regime. American president Bill Clinton played the saxophone—a gift from the Czech president Václav Havel—in a traditional jam session at Reduta in 1994, during his presidential term.

Nowadays Reduta focuses on fusing jazz with modern progressive styles. Their programmes throughout the year include swing, Dixieland, mainstream and modern jazz, also big band compositions, blues, funky, bossa nova and jazz pop. Reduta includes a black light theatre, mime theatre and new performances of young theatre groups from Prague."

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