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Jazz in the Old Town
July 2, 2010   
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The 16th International Jazz in the Old Town Festival has attracted an impressive half million people over the last 15 years. This is the longest jazz festival in Poland and one of the longest in Europe and it gives people the chance to see top European and U.S. jazz artists for free. This year’s festival will give many Polish visitors their first glimpse of musicians like Scott Hamilton, Duffy Jackson, Dr. Lonnie Smith and contemporary jazz wizard Avishai Cohen.

It is only in recent years that the festival has attracted such international names as David Murray, Archie Shepp, Richard Galliano, Chico Freeman, Dino Saluzzi, Tony Lakatos, Caecilie Norby, Jasper Van ’t Hof, Bobo Stenson and Marilyn Mazur.

The festival organizers, Krzysztof Wojciechowski and Iwona Strzelczyk-Wojciechowska from the Jazz Art Foundation, are determined to make this year’s festival particularly exciting. According to them, the up-and-coming young jazz stars are the artists to watch out for. Cuban pianist and Quincy Jones protégé Alfredo Rodriguez, and Grace Kelly, the American saxophonist dubbed the Princess of Jazz are among the artists making their first Polish appearance. Israeli-born French piano virtuoso Yaron Herman and Spanish jazz and flamenco maestro Sergio Pamies are the two concerts that you absolutely cannot miss.

July 3
Quincy Jones Presents The Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
This Cuban piano wunderkind and Quincy Jones protégé has been blowing them off the bandstands in the States. Rodriguez’s Polish debut promises to be a showstopper with Bach, Chopin and Stravinsky all on the program. www.alfredomusic.com

July 10
Nippy Noya & The Globetrotters
A sensational and original band with an unusual instrumentation and sound that draws on a panoply of genres that will not only appeal to the fans of Indonesian percussion maestero Nippy Noya, but to ethno aficionados of all stripes.

July 17
Grace Kelly Quintet—Moods Changes
Grace Kelly, called the Princess of Jazz, is finally making her first Polish appearance. This 18-year-old “child prodigy” saxophonist and vocalist has been playing the most sought-after venues, taking out copious quantities of coveted awards and winning the plaudits of giants like Dave Brubeck and Phil Woods, with whom she has been sharing the stage. www.gracekelly.com

July 24
Robin McKelle Quintet—Mess Around
This front-rank American vocalist is coming to Warsaw for the first time. McKelle’s voice has been compared with Ella Fitzgerald and her latest album blends soul, rhythm and blues, and ‘60s jazz. www.robinmckelle.com

July 31
Andrzej Jagodziński Trio—Chopin and Jazz
This Polish jazz great is in the vanguard of jazzified Chopin pianists. Jagodziński will be giving a Chopin-full performance to mark the bicentenary of the birth of the great Polish Romantic composer.

Every Saturday from July 3 to Aug. 28
Old Town Square, Warsaw
For more information, go to www.jazznastarowce.pl

Honorary Sponsors
Bogdan Zdrojewski, Minister of Culture and National Heritage
Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw
Media Sponsors
Gazeta Wyborcza, Radio Tok FM, TVP INFO, TVP2
The Warsaw Voice, Stolica, The Visitor, Przegl±d, Stroer Infoscreen

Patron: Plus
Sponsor: Honda
The festival is financially supported by the City of Warsaw
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