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Jan Hammer

Jan Hammer (born 17 April 1948, in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a composer and musician.

His career spans the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and has won him several Grammy awards. He is probably most well known for the Miami Vice Theme and Crockett's Theme, from the popular 1980s US television program, Miami Vice. He is known for playing guitar parts in his compositions on synthesizers, and has written on how he achieves this effect.

Jan was born in Prague, the capital of then Czechoslovakia (today the capital of the Czech Republic). His mother was a well known Czech singer Vlasta Průchová, and his father was a doctor. After a childhood full of music, he entered the highly prestigious Prague Academy of Musical Arts.

When the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968, his studies at the Academy were cut short, and he moved to the United States after receiving a scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Upon completion of these studies, Jan moved to Lower Manhattan and joined the Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1971. In the two years this group was together, the...

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