Tuesday 20 February 2018

Renowned jazz critic dies at 89

Doruzka brought jazz to Czech audiences
Doruzka brought jazz to Czech audiences

Lubomir Doruzka, a renowned Czech music critic who led his readers through the world of jazz in the turbulent 20th century, has died. He was 89.

Doruzka's son Petr confirmed his death on Czech public radio, where Doruzka had a regular jazz show.

Born March 18 1924, Doruzka first wrote about jazz for an underground magazine during the Second World War when Czechoslovakia was occupied by Nazi troops, and jazz coming from the American enemy was banned.

After the 1948 Communist takeover, Doruzka gave Czechs a chance to read the literature of the Jazz Age with his translations of F Scott Fitzgerald.

He published a number of jazz and pop music books and helped create Prague's International Jazz Festival and International Jazz Federation.


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