(b Rokycany, Czechoslovakia [now Czech Republic], Sept 16, 1964). Czech drummer. His parents were amateur musicians. From the age of 12 he played clarinet, saxophone, and drums and performed in a local brass band. He studied drums and percussion at the conservatory in Plzeň (1979–85), where he played in different rock bands and began to concentrate on jazz. In 1987 he became a member of the Czech Radio Jazz Orchestra (known from the early 1990s as Big Band Radio Prague), and he also performed with a variety of small jazz and funk groups in Prague, in the course of which he had opportunities to work as a sideman with George Mraz, Benny Golson, and Benny Bailey.