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About Karel Krautgartner
Karel Krautgartner was born in 1922 in Mikulov, Czech Republic in the family of a postmaster. In 1930 he began to play piano, but after moving to Brno in 1935 he found interest mainly in the radio broadcasting and specially in jazz. He began to study clarinet on private basis with Stanislav Krtička and founded the student orchestra Quick band in 1936. In 1942 he signed his first professional contract as a saxophonist in the Gustav Brom orchestra in the hotel Passage in Brno. In 1943 he progressively created Dixie Club and started to arrange in the Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller style