Friday 6th of April – h 20.30 – Salle de fêtes, Marckolsheim

Is a synonym for authentic interpretation of popular music of the swing era. Their variegated repertory includes a broad spectrum of attractive tunes, sweet and hot, ranging from Hollywood musicals to big band’s top swing members. A concert is more than that; it is a show designed in the minutest detail to emulate the typical manners of those times, complete with the customs and hairdos, and rounded off the overall direction of the performance.

Since his student years, this entertainer, generously endowed with versatile talents, has lived only for Jazz and Swing of the period between the wars. Ondrej Havelka graduated from the Drama School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (major subject acting) and from the Janacek Academy of Performing Arts in Brno (direction). Having left the drama school, he spent six years in Studio Ypsilon, a theater in Prague. He soon appeared on the cast of films and television plays.

Ondrej has been deeply involved with singing, dancing and tapping jazz and popular music of the 1920’s and 1930’s since the time he was a young student. In the role of the scriptwriter, singer and director, he recorded a series of the three clips in 1995. One of them won the 1995 Czech Grammy award as the Clip of the Year. Also in 1995, Ondrej started his own swing band, Melody Makers, and has been performing with it since.

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