Entries by Jack


“PASSAGEWAY” is the most recent recording that I have produced.  It was recorded on October 29 and 30, 2022 at Suma Recording Studio located in Painesville, OH, an eastern suburb of Cleveland, OH.  The ensemble consisted of drummer Carmen Castaldi, bassist Aidan Plank, vibist Ronzo Smith and myself playing tenor and soprano saxophone, and flute.  […]


The 2019-20 Pandemic radically changed the societal paradigm.   Life as we knew it and lived it affected our faith, behavior, philosophy, careers, future planning, etc… For the musicians it jettisoned opportunities to perform and ultimately stymied our ability to financially support our families.  I cringe to think about all of the artists that could not […]

In Studio – MLK Project

Currently composing a five movement suite honoring the historic and inspirational life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The vision is to record and perform this musical suite in the legendary Ebeneezer Baptist Church where Dr. King preached.  I composed it as a unity piece for nation healing.

The Emporium – Cleveland, OH.

The Jack Novotny Quartet featuring Ronzo Smith on vibes/marimba, Jordan McBride on double bass, Pedro Dell on drum kit/percussion, and Jack on tenor & soprano saxophone, flute, and bass clarinet performed at The Music Emporium in Cleveland, OH. on Friday, August 10, 2018.

27 Hoffman Place

The Jack Novotny Sextet performed at the 2nd Annual Dana Rose Gallery on Saturday, October 20, 2018 paying tribute to women whom have been liberated from the sex trade enslavement, supported by Dana Novotny.  This year’s theme was entitled “She Has A Name”.

Night Town

The Jack Novotny Sextet performed at Cleveland’s NightTown Jazz on Friday, August 31, 2018.  The ensemble featured bassist Essiet Essiet, pianist Benito Gonzalez, drummer Dr. Mark Lomax II, tenor man Edwin Bayard and trumpeter Marlon Jordan

An die Musik – Baltimore, MD

“THE JACK NOVOTNY SEXTET” will be performing on Thursday, July 12th at An die Musik in Baltimore, MD @ 8:30 pm and 10:00 pm.  A guest appearance by drummer Nasar Abadey along with bassist Juini Booth and pianist Benito Gonzalez.


THE JACK NOVOTNY SEXTET will be performing @ Andie Musik in Baltimore, MD on Thursday, July 12th, 2018,