Urszula Dudziak (also known as Ursula Dudziak) is a leading figure of the Polish vocal jazz scene. In 1972 her album Newborn Light received maximal score of five stars in the prestigious American "Down Beat” magazine. In 1979 her performances solo as One Woman Show with use of electronic devices gave her the title of the singer of 1979 year in Los Angeles Times. Her song Papaya (first recorded in 1976) became a smash hit in 2007 in Asia and Latin America.
She has sung jazz standards and "evergreens". She made her professional debut in 1958 and then she was invited to join Krzysztof Komeda’s band. In 1964 she started her collaboration with Michał Urbaniak Band and performed with them at some prestigious festivals. Initially, Dudziak performed acoustic jazz and then she became fascinated with music that used voice converters.
From 1981 she worked with the international group Vocal Summit (guests: Bobby McFerrin, Jeanne Lee). She performed and recorded with Gil Evans Orchestra and Archie Shepp Band. With her original program Future Talk prepared with writer Jerzy Kosiński she performed in almost all countries of Europe, North and South America and in Asia
Throughout her career she has also cooperated with artists like Adam Makowicz
Herbie Hancock, Jaco Pastorius, Ron Carter, Michael Brecker, Flora Purim, Nina Simone, Carmen McRae, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sting or Lionel Hampton.
In 1985 Dudziak returned to Poland and performed with Bobby McFerrin at Jazz Jamboree Festival in Warsaw. Recently she has been concerting along with her daughters: Mika and Kasia Urbaniak.
Newborn Light (1972)
Super Constellation (1973)
Midnight Train (1977)
Future Talk (1979)
Magic Lady (1980)
Sorrow Is Not Forever...But Love Is (1983)
Magic Lady concert with Walk Away (1989)
Jazz Unlimited (1993)
Journey, Saturation (1994)
And Life Goes On (2002)
Painted Bird (2003)
Forever Green - Zawsze Zielona (2008)
Urszula Dudziak Superband - Live at Jazz Cafe (2009)
Wszystko gra (2013)