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Celebrating Jazz
October 29, 2010   
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The start of November will see the start of the 52nd Jazz Jamboree International Jazz Festival in Warsaw. This jazz celebration brings together enthusiasts from all over the world. The festival will last from Nov. 4 to Nov. 28.

The first performer on the concert program is British band Incognito, who will play on the main stage of the Polski Theater on Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. Two days later, the same venue will welcome U.S. band Oregon (8 p.m.). On Nov. 15 at the Kongresowa Hall, Palace of Culture and Science (7 p.m.), audiences can enjoy a performance by Georgian bands The Shin and Kanudosi. A performance called ¦piewaj±c jazz (Singing Jazz) featuring Carmen Moreno, Anna Serafińska and Maciej Zako¶cielny will precede U.S. band The Sinatra Songbook with Ingar Kristiansen at the Polski Theater on Nov. 18, 8 p.m. The next day on the same stage, musicians from the Laboratorium Loud Jazz Band, a Polish-Norwegian-Bulgarian group, will perform at 7 p.m. The final concert closing the festival is titled Chopin—First Jazz Man of Europe, by Adam Makowicz and Janusz Olejniczak at the National Philharmonic on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets to the concerts cost from zl.36 to zl.130.

Fringe events
The organizer of the music events is the Jazz Jamboree Foundation. Fringe events will include Andrzej Wasylewski’s documentary jazz cycle From Rag to Rock with Joe Berendt at the Tygmont Club every Wednesday in November at 6 p.m.; Jam Session at the Remont, starting Nov. 4, at 9:30 p.m. at the Remont Club; A History of Polish Jazz presenting a book by Krystian Brodacki at the Tygmont Club and This Is Jazz, a photo exhibition by Marek Karewicz at the Polski Theater.

Respected festival
The 52nd Jazz Jamboree has received support from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the city of Warsaw. The organizers describe the festival as “a great annual demonstration of the spirit of jazz.” Previous editions have featured many world-famous musicians, including Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Diana Krall, Joe Williams and others.

One of the largest and oldest jazz festivals in Europe, the event was first held as Jazz ’58 at Stodoła, the Warsaw University of Technology students’ club. The name Jazz Jamboree that is used to this day was coined by Leopold Tyrmand, a Polish writer who popularized jazz here.
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