Jazz masters in Warsaw’s Old Town
July 20, 2012
Radio.String.Quartet.Vienna., one of the best Austrian and European bands in their genre will play July 21 a special set in honor of Joe Zawinul, who would have been 80 this year, as part of The Jazz in the Old Town International Open-Air Festival in Warsaw.
The Viennese musicians approach music with invention, daringly pushing the boundaries between jazz, classical music and pop. Their perfectly improvised performances, creativity and virtuosity have won over audiences and critics alike.
The festival is one of the biggest and most popular music events in Poland. An artistic landmark of Warsaw, it has for 17 years been a major tourist attraction and a treat for music lovers. A single festival concert draws audiences of around 3,000, which over the years has added up to half a million people of different ages.
The festival stands out with its lineup of performers who play different styles of jazz and many of whom come to unveil their new projects and discoveries. The festival has introduced Polish audiences to such giants of the swing era as Scott Hamilton, Duffy Jackson and Dr. Lonnie Smith, and it also marked the first Polish concerts by new American talents such as the Alfredo Rodriguez Trio and the “Princess of Jazz” Grace Kelly Quintet. Jazz in the Old Town was also where Avishai Cohen, dubbed the magician of contemporary double-bass, made his first Polish appearance.