Jazz trumpeter and composer Laco Déczi is heading with his band Celula New York on a spring tour to the Czech Republic and one of his first stops is DISTRIKT7.
There is probably no one who wouldn’t know the legendary jazzman. First of all, for his trumpet masterpieces and exceptional musical feelings. Secondly, he has been working for many years in the cradle of jazz – New York, where he has worked with many great musicians. However, Laco’s life story and his personality are strong and unmistakable.
Trumpeter, composer, bandleader and amateur painter Laco Déczi was born in 1938 in Slovakia. Already as a jazz trumpeter he moved to Prague, where in the sixties he worked in the Sextet of the Rokoko Theater, in the Jazz Outsiders ensemble, in the band S + HQ by Karel Velebný and in the Reduta Quartet. In 1967 he founded Jazz Celulla, where he played with musicians Laco Tropp, Svatopluk Košvanec, Josef Vejvoda, Karel Růžička and Petr Král. At that time he was also selected for the then representative Czechoslovak All Star Band. In the 1970s, Laco Déczi became a member of the Czechoslovak Radio Jazz Orchestra (JOCR) and the Czechoslovak Radio Dance Orchestra (TOCR). He has recorded several solo albums, the most famous of which is the “Sentimental Trumpet” with a string orchestra. As a soloist, he participated in the recording of “Jazz Goes To Beat” by Václav Zahradník, or Jazz from Studio A. At the same time, he devoted himself to composing orchestral compositions and film music (eg Kalamaita by director Věra Chytilová from 1981.)
In 1986, Laco Déczi emigrated to the United States, which is his main home today. There he also regularly performs with his band Celula New York and performed with a number of top jazz musicians such as Elvin Jones, Bill Watrous, Junior Cook, Dave Weckl and Sonny Costanzo. But he certainly does not forget about the Czech Republic and Slovakia – after the revolution, he regularly visits us twice a year.
Laco Déczi recorded 20 albums and live concerts together. In the 1960s he won a number of awards: for example, from Jazz Bulletin for the best domestic trumpet player, from critics and readers of the Melodie magazine, and from the Czechoslovak Jazz Federation.
The musician and personal life of Laco Déczi was recorded by Jiří Šebánek in his book “At Full Throttle” (2003). Another book, “The Truths” (2005), depicts Laco’s paintings, together with stories for individual paintings.
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