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Jazz in the Old Town, Take 22
The 22nd Jazz in the Old Town international open-air festival will kick off in Warsaw July 1 and continue for almost two months, featuring a star-studded lineup of musicians from many countries in Europe and beyond.

Jazz in the Old Town is one of the most popular jazz festivals in Poland. Like each year, this year’s 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 22nd 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 and Duffy Jackson.

Over the years, festival guests have included talented newcomers such as Alfredo Rodriguez, Kyle Eastwood (Clint Eastwood’s son) 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.

In recent years, the festival has attracted performers such as Archie Sheep, David Murray, Richard Galliano, Dino Saluzzi and Bill Evans.

This year’s event will feature musicians from the United States, Italy, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Spain, France and Germany. The festival will open with a concert by the Stefano Bollani Trio of Italy at the Polish Radio Lutosławski Concert Hall. The Old Town concerts will get under way a day later. They will be held every Saturday in July and August.



Polish Radio Lutosławski Concert Studio, 8 p.m.
July 1
Stefano Bollani Trio (Italy)

Old Town Market Square concerts, 7 p.m.
July 2
Bireli Lagrene Trio (France)
July 9
Vladyslav "Adzik" Sendecki Group (Poland/USA)
July 16
David Helbock Trio, Simon Frick (Austria)
July 23
Ulf Wakenius Trio (Sweden)
July 30
Sławek Jaskułke Trio (Poland)
(concert to commemorate 1944 Warsaw Uprising)
Aug. 6
New York Jazz Master (USA)
Aug. 13
Cyrus Chestnut Trio (USA)
Aug. 20
Adam Bałdych & Helge Lien Trio (Germany/Poland)
Aug. 27
Antonio Serrano Quartet (Spain)