Monday, July 7, 2014

Remembering Vlastimil Hala

Vlastimil Hála was born on July 7, 1924 in Souš, Czechoslovakia. Hála was  a Czech trumpeter, composer, musical arranger and director. His brother was pianist and composer Kamil Hala [1931- ]. As a composer he was known particularly for his compositions in the field of film, stage and jazz music.
From 1947 until 1964 he performed as a trumpeter and worked as a music arranger in the Karel Vlach Orchestra. From 1964 to 1984 he served in the Czechoslovak Radio in the music director. He also served as a member of the leadership of the Union of Czech composers, where he was head of the jazz section.
Vlastimil was the co-composer of only one Euro-western “Lemonade Joe” (1964).
Hála died on July 29, 1985 in Vysoký Újezd, Czechoslovakia.
Today we remember Vlastimil Hála on what would have been his 90th birthday.

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