Jan Prax is an award-winning saxophonist, composer, pianist and band leader.
2012 he was awarded with a scholarship of the Berklee College of Music in Boston and won the future sounds prize of the Leverkusener Jazztage with his quartet, one of the most important jazz prizes for musicians younger than 35. The Jan Prax Quartet also won the Stuttgart Jazz Open-Playground as well as the nationwide Jazznachwuchsfestival Leipzig.
2013 Jan Prax played as an opener for Diana Krall at the Stuttgart Jazz Open and for David Sanborn, Steve Gadd and Cindy Blackman Santana at the Leverkusener Jazztage; he further played as a supporting act for Klaus Doldinger's Passport.
Apart from Europe his tours brought him to the US and Africa.
In the beginning of 2015 the Jan Prax Quartet got awarded the third prize of the Made in New York Jazz Competition by a jury composed of Joe Lovano, Lenny White, and Randy Brecker.
In 2015 Jan Prax was invited by David Sanborn to perform with him and his group and started working with renowned double bassist Riccardo Del Frà.
Jan Prax has already played with David Sanborn, Randy Brecker, Chris Coleman, Riccardo del Frà, Klaus Doldinger, Alex Blake, Ricky Peterson, Klaus Graf, Bobby Sanabria, Olaf Polziehn, Julian and Roman Wasserfuhr, Nicky Moroch, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Sunday Night Orchestra and others.
“…a rising star of the German jazz scene.” – Prague Post
“The eloquence with which Prax modulates on the alto and soprano saxophone is astonishing. […] the change between clarity and complexity, of rounded notes to ridiculously fast phrasing seems effortless” – Frankfurter Allgemeine
“Dizzying virtuosity” – Die Welt
“… has what it takes to become the new star of the German jazz scene.” – Südkurier
“… he plays the alto saxophone like hell…” – Hamburger Abendblatt
“… four world-class musicians…
“… an energetic first-class ‘furiosum’” – Augsburger Allgemeine
“… Jan is so on fire, is so dynamic (…) that on is reminded of Chris Potter. He shapes coherent bows and seems to always seek the un-heard, a variant, something he has not said before…” – BNN Karlsruhe
“… unbridled, driving force, energy and joy…” – Leverkusener Jazztage
“… everybody is excited: no surprise when listening to the intensity of the fabulous, versatile saxophonist Jan Prax…” – Bayerische Staatszeitung
“Jan Prax […] has impressed me by his incredible talent and his strong will. I expect great things.” – Peter Lehel // HfMKarlsruhe
“He is the biggest discovery in the German jazz saxophone scene of the last years!” – Klaus Graf // HfM Nürnberg
“intense and powerful” – Haller Tagblatt – Südwest Presse
“intense, wild and timeless” – Hohenlohe Tagblatt – SüdwestPresse
"The Jan Prax Quartet really are "Keepin' A Style Alive"" – UK Vibe