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JAZZTOPAD 2018

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Jazztopad Festival
Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music
National Forum of Music, Club Mleczarnia
November 21-25, 2018

Jazztopad is the annual Jazz Festival of Poland's Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music in Wroclaw. Wroclaw, a vibrant, hip, internationally oriented city that never sleeps, has character, lots of peculiar neighborhoods, populated by ...

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Kraków Jazz Juniors Competition 2018

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Jazz Juniors 2018
ICE Kraków Congress Centre/Piec Art Acoustic Jazz Club
Kraków, Poland
November 29-December 2, 2018

In 2017, the four-day Jazz Juniors competition was merged under the banner of Hitch On, with promises of a full duality for its 2018 42nd edition. Along the way, this didn't ...

Anna Rejda

Anna Rejda is a vocalist inspired by all forms of art. She studied singing at the faculty of Jazz and Popular Music at the Academy of Music in Katowice as well as French Horn at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. Singularly sophisticated and refined, she leads her own groups as vocalist, arranger, composer and lyricist whilst also taking part in others’ musical projects, singing in various formats, ranging from duos to orchestras and Big Bands. She was a finalist at the International Jazz Vocalists’ Competition in Zamość (Poland) and a semi-finalist at the International Jazz Vocalists’ Competition at Lady Summertime in Finland

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Quantum Trio

Two guys from Poland and one from South America. They met in Rotterdam and formed Quantum Trio - an unconventional ensemble established in 2012. Constantly moving between Rotterdam and Gdańsk (PL), they are creating high energy music particles. Their first album Gravity introduced the band to the European audience and was awarded „Best Debut Album 2015” by Polish Jazz. The second, double album Duality: Particles & Waves shows the trio’s fiercer side, introducing electric instruments, but maintaining their specific, unified sound. Their newest release Quality Studio Live is a live summary of their previous works

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Not Two...But Twenty! Festival

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Not Two...But Twenty! Festival
Wlen, Poland
September 21-23, 2018

Intro There are some things worth celebrating in style, one of them being marked persistence in the face of adversity. That pretty much describes the continued existence of any jazz record label in these straitened times. To mark its 20th ...

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3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

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3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition
Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music
Luslawice/Kraków
Poland
July 25-28, 2018

“An international jazz violin competition? Really?" That is usually came as a surprise to the applicants, and eventual participants themselves, that an international jazz violin competition should exist says a lot about ...

Polish Jazz: Under The Surface

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The article was originally published in a special English edition of Jazz Forum magazine prepared for Jazzahead!2018.

It was the summer of 2002. A friend had just passed me a copy of Tomasz Stańko's latest CD on ECM--Soul Of Things, and was raving about the young trio backing the legendary trumpeter. In no time, ...

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Lukasz Juzko

My name is Łukasz Juźko. I am a saxophonist and composer. I initiate different kinds of musical projects. I have been awarded in multiple competitions and festivals. As a 20-year- old I debuted on the jazz scene with a concert starring New York singer – Judy Bady. That was the moment when I really relished jazz music. Later on, the fire that burns to this day was heated by the exceptional meeting with Billy Harper. I am a graduate of Jazz and Stage Music at the Academy of Music in Gdansk in the class of Maciej Sikała. I participated in many workshops and collaborated with such musicians as: Piotr Wojtasik, Judy Bady, Billy Harper, Newman Tylor Baker, Francesca Tanksley, Maciej Sikała, Wayne Dockery, Steve McCraven, prof

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Hitch On 2017

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Hitch On
Various locations
Kraków, Poland
December 3-6, 2017

The four-day Hitch On Festival in Kraków is divided into two sections: separate runs for competition and showcase performances, both under the banner of the Jazz Juniors International Exchange. This doesn't entail a ridiculously stripling orientation, as most ...

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Jazztopad 2017: Concerts In Living Rooms

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Jazztopad 2017: Concerts In Living Rooms
Various homes
Wroclaw, Poland
November 25-26, 2017

You, dear reader, might have been to the occasional house concert, growing in popularity as these events are: but have you ever attended three in one afternoon, six over two days? Such was the ...