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Karel VELEBNÝ

(*17. 3. 1931 Prague — †7. 3. 1989 Prague)

Jazz player, multiinstrumentalist, composer, arranger, actor and publicist

He absolved the Conservatory. After he became a member of Karel Krautgarner´s Orchestra (1955-58). He influenced the evolution of modern jazz in Czechoslovakia especially in the ensemble SHQ. He played tenorsaxophone, vibraphone or piano. Due to his heart malady he stoped play wind instruments and continued play vibraphon or piano. He was awarded as a vibraharpist. He has played in many formations: i.e. with E. Olmerová. He composed more that 200 compositions, he was an author of the music to the films: Dobří lidé nevymřeli (Good People didn´t Die out yet), Dvojitý Nelson (Double Nelson), Jednorukého píseň (Song of One-Handed Man), Oživení (Pick up) and others. He found his inspiration especially in modern post-bop mainstream. He also worked with folk music (disc Týnom tánom). He was a cofounder of the theatre of Jára Cimrman (1967).