Hardly anyone in Germany plays Hard Bop like Jan Prax”

— Jazzthing


You are so young and play so great. I hate you!”

— David Sanborn

Jan Prax was born in Karlsruhe (Germany) in 1992 into a family of Polish musicians and began playing the piano at the age of three. He won numerous prizes as a young classical pianist before his passion for the Jazz saxophone overtook his interest in the piano.  Jan completed his bachelor's degree, with top grades and honours, under professor Klaus Graf, and was awarded his master's degree in 2019 from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich.  

In more recent times, Jan has collaborated with musical greats such as David Sanborn, Gene Lake, Riccardo del Fra and Kurt Rosenwinkel. His two CD releases Keepin' A Style Alive (ACT) and Ascending (Challenge Records) were warmly received by critics and audiences alike. His latest album Head To The Sky (Double Moon Records) is a collaboration with legendary American drummer and producer Gene Lake (Steve Coleman, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Joe Zawinul, Me'Shell Ndegeocello) and features other world-class musicians such as Federico Gonzalez Peña, Ricky Peterson and Nicky Moroch.

One of the most promising newcomers in jazz full stop exclamation mark.”

— UK Vibe