Nina Strnad - vocal

Nikola Matošič - double bass

Sava Miletič - piano

Peter Ugrin - violin

T. Howard Curtis  - drums

Nina Strnad is a young Slovenian vocalist from Ljubljana. She graduated from the city's Music and Ballet Secondary School, Department of Jazz and Popular Music under the mentorship of Nada Žgur. An experienced performer in many musical genres Nina is now recognised as one of Slovenia's most significant emerging jazz vocalists.  

She has, among others, cooperated with Hanna Preuss, RTV Slovenia Big Band, Big Band DOM, Jazz Sacral Choir Alfa+Omega (who performed with such names as Emil Spanyi, Heinz von Hermann, Renato Chicco), Peter Mihelich, Primož Grašič, Jure Pukl and Uroš Perić. In 2009 she received the award for the best soloist at the 4th National Big Band and Dance Orchestra Competition.

In the same year she recorded a live album of jazz standards with big band entitled Moj Piran, which was subsequently released by the Publishing and Record Label RTV Slovenia. In 2010, she represented Slovenia in the European Jazz Orchestra, and performing in Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany and Austria.

Nina will shortly begin studies for a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at the world-renowned William Paterson University (USA), with Professor Nancy Marano.

Nikola Matošič was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Nikola studied at the Private University for Music, in Linz.

He has performed with many well known musicians including Arron Goldberg, Don Menza, Howard Curtis and Herb Geller as well as many rising names of the younger jazz generation and respected Slovenian jazz artists. 

Sava Miletič was born in Kragujevac, Serbia and studied on the Universität fur Musik und Darstelende Kunst Graz - Austria, in the class of Dr. Harald Neuwirth, where he graduated with the highest mark. During this time he studied with many of the leading names in jazz education including Jerry Bergonzzi, Bob Mintzer, George Cables, Billy Hart, Dave Santoro and Geofrey Keezer. Miletic has performed with Karl Ratzere, Stjepko Gut, Howard Curtis, Uwe Plath, Joris Dudli, Christian Havel.

He graduated from Kunstuniversität Graz Master’s program in January 2009 and is currently living and working in Vienna.

Peter Ugrin is a young Slovenian violinist who recently graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary music in New York.

He has performed and/or recorded with foreign as well as Slovenian musicians, such as David Binney, Joel Harrison, Christian Howes, Billy Harper, Ambrose Akinmusire and Igor Bezget.

Drummer and percussionist T. Howard Curtis, is currently teaching at the Universität fur Musik und Darstelende Kunst Graz.  In his 30 year long career he has performed at many festivals including the Jazz Festival Ljubljana and recorded with foreign as well as Slovene musicians, such as Gary Thomas, Jerry Bergonzi, Jure Pukl.

He has performed with jazz grates such as: David Liebman, Mark Turner, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, George Coleman, David Kikowski, Kevin Hayes, James Genus, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mulgrew Miller, Kurt Elling, Greg Osby, Eddie Gomez, Jeremy Pelt, Aaron Goldberg and Curtis Fuller.


20:00 Nina Strnad band (SLO)

21:15 Danny Grissett band (USA)

THURSDAY, JUNE 09th 2011

20:00 Costis Christodoulou band (EL/SLO)

21:15 Francesco Cafisco band (IT)


FRIDAY, JUNE 10th 2011

20:00 Robert Jukič O.C. (SLO/AUT/IT)

21:15 Big band Krško (SLO)