In a unique collaboration between Szczecin Jazz and Jazz on the Dnipro Festival, Ukrainian musicians-turned-soldiers perform a one-off concert in Poland to celebrate the persistence of partnership, peace, and jazz on August 9 at Lagów Landscape Park. Later in August, the event will be broadcasted via JazzCorner.com
Almost six months into the atrocious reality of war in Ukraine, the reality of loss is horrifyingly apparent to the world. In an effort to protect what can be saved, while honoring the age-old adage that ‘the show must go on’, Polish saxophonist and promoter Sylwester Ostrowski
joins forces with longtime friend and artistic director Anna Russkevych.
It is more important than ever to stand with Ukraine and let the Ukrainian voice be heard. For this occasion, Ostrowski and Russkevych not only present some of the acts they once brought to Dnipro, including Ostrowski’s own Jazz Brigade and star trumpeter Freddie Hendrix
but take it a step further as they set out to include Ukrainian saxophonist Danylo Vinarikov
. He, with very special permission, leaves the front temporarily to share his talent with a Polish audience. Vinarikov joined the army voluntarily after having joined the Dnipro Philharmonic Bigband as their leader and conductor last year.
The Ukrainian festival Jazz on the Dnipro usually takes place around this time of year, in late July or early August. Having been forced to postpone this year’s edition in light of current events, Ostrowski, who has been a regular performer and attendee in Dnipro, Ukraine for years, decided to bring the festival to Poland instead. Through a strong presentation of Polish, Ukrainian and American talent, Ważka Restaurant Terrace and its beautiful forest-surrounded veranda in Lake Park Lagów is the perfect decor to pay tribute to the undying spirit of Ukrainian jazz creativity.
The Jazz Brigade Freddie Hendrix
: trumpet Sylwester Ostrowski
: tenor saxophone Miki Hayama
: piano Jakub Mizeracki
: guitar Essiet Okon Essiet
: bass Owen Hart Jr.
Special guests Dorrey Lin Lyles
vocals & Jazz on the Dnipro artists Danylo Vinarikov
, Serhii Artemov
, Olga Danchenko, Anastasya Medina, and Kyrylo Revkov.