Czech Jazz WorkShop Prague 2013

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Pavel "Bady" Zbořil (CZ)


Born in Hrádek u Rokycan in 1964, Pavel "Bady" Zbořil began playing the drums at the age of eight. By the age of 10, he played drums in his hometown's youth brass band.

After graduating from the Pilsen Conservatory in 1985, he joined the Czech Radio Big Band and worked as a studio musician recording film and pop music.

By the age of 31 years, Zbořil had already performed with many of the greatest Czech jazz stars, including pianists Karel Růžička, Emil Viklický, Milan Svoboda, and NajPonk, bassists Jaromír Honzák and Robert Balcar, guitarists David Dorůžka and Roman Pokorný, singer Yvonne Sanchez, and many others. One of the countless gigs he played was the "Two Presidents Concert" in the Reduta Jazz Club in Prague in January 1994, where Zbořil played drums in a band that accompanied Czech President Vaclav Havel and his U.S. counterpart Bill Clinton.

Zbořil is much more than a jazz drummer. He has played and mastered a large variety of styles, including country, rock, funk, and pop. He has been a member of the famous funk group J.A.R. for the past 27 years, and he plays drums in the band that accompanies the famous Czech pop singer Lucie Bílá. The long list of musicians he has worked with include such international stars as Ingrid Jensen, Benny Golson, James Morrison, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Alberto Marsico, George Mraz, Roy Hargrove, Hank Jones, and Yoshiko Kishino.
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