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Jazz Jamboree Take 59
October 27, 2017   
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The 59th international Jazz Jamboree, one of the largest and oldest jazz festivals in Europe, will be held in Warsaw Nov. 2-4.

The festival dates back to 1958 when it started as an idea by several jazz fans from the Hybrydy student club in Warsaw. Saddened to hear that a hugely popular jazz festival in Sopot, northern Poland, would be canceled, in September 1958 they organized a jazz festiwal. That first edition was simply called Jazz '58, but it was right after that when a legendary Polish writer, jazz expert and promoter Leopold Tyrmand came up with the name it holds today. The main venue was the Stodoła student club in Warsaw, but some festival concerts also took place in the southern city of Cracow.

The festival soon evolved into one of the most important jazz festivals in Europe. World-famous musicians who have performed at the Jazz Jamboree over the years include Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Wynton Marsalis, The Manhattan Transfer, Ray Charles, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.

This year’s edition of the Jamboree has an excellent line-up with concerts by distinguished international as well as local musicians.

The festival program:
November 2
Rob Mazurek & Jeff Parker & Artur Majewski Band
Nels Cline " Lovers" & Mateusz Smoczyński Ensemble
November 3
Pimpono Ensemble
Adam Baldych Brothers
Bill Frisell Music for Strings
Jenny Scheinman & Adam Baldych play Karol Lipinski’s compositions
November 4
Kamil Piotrowicz Sextet
Ex Eye - Colin Stetson Quartet
Peter Evans Septet
Concerts will be held at Witold Lutosławski Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw, Modzelewskiego 59 Street.
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