Tenor saxophonist JAN ŠTOLBA started his career with the spectacular Original Prague Syncopated Orchestra, playing jazz and hot dance music of the 30ies, recording on good old vinyl and storming international jazz festivals (Breda, Holland and others). Later he conjured to life Rollini-esque bassaxophone in The Jazzphonic Orchestra. Soon he also ventured into other musical styles, playing „gothic“ folk rock with legendary Mozart K, creating improvised music with charismatic drummer Alan Vitouš (appearance on the 1989 album Return with Alan´s brother, bassist Miroslav, see also Štolba-Vitouš-Sanders CD Improvisations, 1991), or delving into free form with Visit Of Music.
In a stint in New York he collaborated with  Vince Giordano´s Nighthawks, Argentinian drummer Lionel Sanders and modern jazz quintet Quel Jazz. In Australia, he played with bluesy acid washed funk outfit Jasupa. He also invited renowned pianist Andrea Keller to perform with his own Quartet. He appeared at many festivals, including Sacramento Jazz Jamboree, major festivals in Edinburgh, Brecon etc. Playing solo sax, he collaborated with theatre (Makropulos. Die Komödie, Simon Dach Theaterproduktion, Berlin 2005). Besides being musician he is also an award winning writer, with seven books of prose, poetry and criticism published, one of them being „jazz novel“ Město za (The City Beyond, 1997).

As a versatile player he divides his time between playing standard jazz with Polydor Jazz Sextet (new CD „Bedlam“), accompanying energetic jazz diva Eva Emingerova, performing with free-rock underground group Kvartet Dr. Konopného or as a guest with Joe Carnation Band. But first of all he leads his own contemporary JAN ŠTOLBA QUARTET, performing his original compositions.