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Jazz in the Old Town
June 29, 2015   
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The 21st Jazz in the Old Town international open-air festival will kick off July 4 and continue for almost two months, featuring a star-studded lineup of musicians from the United States, Israel, Italy, Austria, Poland, Norway and Cuba.

Jazz in the Old Town is one of the most popular jazz festivals in Poland. Like each year, the festival will showcase a wide range of jazz and jazz-related genres, from mainstream, Afro-Cuban and modern jazz to jazz-rock and fusion jazz. Now in its 21st year, the festival has so far drawn over half a million listeners of different ages to Warsaw’s Old Town, giving them a chance to see and hear performances by such jazz giants as Scott Hamilton, Duffy Jackson and Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Over the years, festival guests have included talented newcomers such as Alfredo Rodriguez, Kyle Eastwood (Clint Eastwood’s son), Avishai Cohen and Hiromi. Jazz in the Old Town is also a favorite with some of Poland’s greatest jazz performers. The likes of Tomasz Stańko, Michał Urbaniak, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Leszek Możdżer and Włodek Pawlik have all unveiled new projects during the festival.

July 4
Wojciech Mazolewski Quintet
Wojciech Mazolewski is a top Polish composer and double-bass player. He is the frontman of the Pink Freud group and his collaborations include Tomasz Stańko and John Zorn. The winner of several prestigious music awards, Mazolewski brings new Polish jazz to audiences in Europe, South America and Japan.

July 11
Christian McBride Trio (United States)
This concert by double-bass virtuoso Christian McBride and his band promises to be a treat for jazz connoisseurs. A four-time Grammy Award winner, McBride is one of the most acclaimed musicians in recent years, performing and recording with such legends as McCoy Tyner, James Brown, Ray Brown, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis.

July 18
Charnett Moffett’s Nettwork feat. Stanley Jordan, Cyrus Chestnut, Jeff “Tain” Watts ( United States)
Moffett, considered one of the greatest double-bass players in jazz history, will be sharing the stage with electric guitar virtuoso and four-time Grammy nominee Jordan, living drum legend and six-time Grammy Award winner Chestnut, and with Watts, hailed as a top pianist of his generation. This will be the first time these four jazz giants perform in Poland together.

July 25
Shai Maestro Trio (Israel)
Piano prodigy Shai Maestro was a member of the famous Avishai Cohen Trio for five years. In 2011, he formed his own trio with Peruvian double-bass player Jorge Roeder and Israeli drummer Ziv Ravitz. They perform around the world to rave reviews and delighted audiences. The Shai Maestro Trio have played with the bands of Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding and Diana Krall.

Aug. 1
Wojciech Konikiewicz Project (Poland)
Regarded as one of the most intriguing and creative Polish jazz musicians, Konikiewicz is a pianist and a composer who gives impromptu performances and writes contemporary classical and electronic music as well as scores for movies and theatrical plays.

Aug. 8
Fabrizio Bosso Quartet (Italy)
One of Italy’s best jazz trumpeters, Bosso has won such prestigious awards as Best New Talent Musica Jazz and Jazz Top. His collaborations include those with Randy Brecker, Charlie Haden and Steve Coleman.

Aug. 15
Dickbauer Collective (Austria)
This group was formed two years ago by several top Austrian musicians, including Klaus, Johannes and Stephan Dickbauer. Their first album, Mosquito Warrior, was launched last year at the Porgy and Bess club in Vienna. The Dickbauer Collective write their own music that echoes their earlier work with the Vienna Art Orchestra. Their music can be described as a synthesis of jazz, classical music and world music. This will be Dickbauer Collective’s first gig in Poland.

Aug. 22
Terje Rypdal & Palle Mikkelborg Project (Norway, Denmark)
Rypdal and Mikkelborg are regarded as highly innovative and original jazz musicians. They have been working with the prestigious ECM label for years. Rypdal, a guitarist, is regarded as one of Europe’s best jazz composers who has changed the way people think of guitar compositions and impromptu performances. Mikkelborg, a Danish composer, arranger, trumpet virtuoso and music producer, rose to international prominence with Aura, a Grammy-award winning album he recorded with Miles Davis.

Aug. 29
Omar Sosa Afro–Cubano Quartet (Cuba)
Sosa, who has been dubbed a jazz and world music wizard, is a mentor figure for contemporary Afro-Cuban jazz musicians. Taking part in top music festivals around the world, this brilliant pianist, percussionist, vocalist and composer is always one of the greatest attractions.

The Jazz in the Old Town festival is organized by the Jazz Art Foundation. The Warsaw Voice is one of the festival’s media partners.
Jazz in the Old Town; Old Town Square, Warsaw; July 4-Aug. 29
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