Swingless Jazz Ensemble



Swingless Jazz Ensemble is a musical band founded in September 1999 as an orchestra of Primary Art School in Mojmirovce. Over the time it has expanded from a small jazz band into a fully resouced big band with 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 thrombones and a 4-member rhythm section consisting of piano, guitar, contrabass and drums. During 2004, the orchestra moved to Nitra where it worked at the Private Primary Art School Ars Studio and since 2006 at H. Madariova Private Primary Art School where it has been active until now. Nowadays, both, the current and former students of H. Madariova PPAS, students of Nitra Conservatory and several teachers of primary art schools in Nitra play in the orchestra. Martin Štourač leads the orchestra since its founding.

For almost 15 years of its existence, the orchestra has performed at numerous competitions in Slovakia and abroad.

Orchestra´s most significant successes has been:

  • Award of Music Fund for supporting Big Band tradition in 2008
  • Golden Zone – 14. International Music Festival in Ceska Kamenica
  • Silver Zone – 15. International Music Festival in Ceska Kamenica
  • Platinum Zone – Big Band Competition in Budapest in 2013
  • The Winner of the Competition Jazz Start Up 2013
  • Golden Zone – Big Band Competition in Budapest in 2014
  • The Absolute Winner – 17. International Music Festival in Ceska Kamenica 2015

Among many others the orchestra has participated at:

  • Sjezd Swingařú Česká Lípa 2009 a 2013
  • International Jazz Festival Litvínov 2011, 2012
  • Big Band Festival Szombhately 2013,2015
  • Jazz Festival Salgotarján – 2013
  • Open Jazz Fest – Zelená Voda – 2014
  • Bažant Pohoda – Trenčín – 2015


Big Band Swingless seeks for stylish interpretation of swing in a classic big band version. The repertoire is mostly based on Count Basie´s orchestra using musical instrumens typical for the last century.