Joe Lovano, phto: press materials (www.jazznadodra.pl)
Leszek Możdżer and Krzesimir, Randy Crawford, Joe Sample and Joe Lovano are a few of the international jazz music stars set to perform in Wrocław at this major musical event

"Randy Crawford has worked with some giants on the jazz scene, while Sample is a pianist who has maintained a consistency of style throughout his whole career", states Igor Pietraszewski, a member of the festival's artistic board.

In turn, Zbigniew Czwojda - also on the board - says of Lovano, "he represents the benchmark of tenor saxophone playing, and his appearance in Wrocław will act as the start of his European concert tour this year".

The 47th Jazz on the Odra festival will also feature a concert by the European Jazz Ensemble. The group is comprised of some of the finest musicians in Germany, France and England. Polish trumpeter Piotr Wojtasik also makes an appearance with the group. Leszek Możdżer and Krzesimir Dębski perform a collaborative project.

As is traditional, the festival commences with an open competition for individuality in jazz. As artistic board member Wojciech Siwek points out, the competition concert has been the main part of the festival since it first started running. "These days it is not, comparatively speaking, the most significant concert of the event, although we do attach a great deal of importance to it".

This year, the competition's organizers have received twenty-four applications. They include soloists, ensembles, and a choir of seventeen singers. Nine of the original twenty-four have made it through to the final.

The festival closes with a big band concert entitled "Polish Jazz Gala", led by Czwojda, and featuring performances from singer Carmen Moreno, guitarist Jarosław Śmietana, pianist Wojciech Karolak and trumpeter Piotr Wojtasik.

    Jazz on the Odra - Programme of Events:

  • March 2, 2011

    IMPART Arts Centre, 13:00
    Open competition for jazz individualities, with the Wierba & Schmidt Quintet and special guest Piotr Baron.

  • March 3, 2011

    IMPART Arts Centre, 19:00
    Randy Crawford and the Joe Sample Trio

    IMPART Arts Centre, 21:30
    Kuba Stankiewicz and Maciej Sikała
    Zbigniew Lewandowski and the Free Bop Project, with special guest Robert MajewskiFunky Groove

  • March 4, 2011

    IMPART Arts Centre, 18:00
    European Jazz Ensemble: Stan Sulzmann, Alan Skidmore, Gerd Dudek, Nicolas Simion (saxophones); Matthias Schriefl, Piotr Wojtasik (trumpets); Rob van den Broeck (piano); Ali Haurand (double bass); Clark Tracey (drums) and Joe Lovano "Us Five": Joe Lovano (saxophone); James Weidman (piano); Petar Slavov (double bass); Otis Brown III, Francisco Mela (drums)

    IMPART Arts Centre, 22:30

    Adam Pierończyk/Komeda: Adam Pierończyk, Greg Osby (saxophones); Nelson Veras (guitar); Sławomir Kurkiewicz (double bass); Łukasz Żyta (drums); special guest: Greg Osby and Vibraslap & Janusz Szrom.

  • March 5, 2011

    IMPART Arts Centre, 18:00
    Christian Scott Quintet: Christian Andre Scott (trumpet); Louis Fouche (alto saxophone); Matthew Thomas Wyatt Stevens (guitar); Jamire Anwar Williams (drums); Kristopher Keith Funn (double bass) and Leszek Możdżer & Krzesimir Dębski: Zohar Fresco (drums); Adam Skrzypek (double bass); Piotr Dziubek (accordion).

    IMPART Arts Centre, 22:30
    David Mussay Cuban Ensemble plays Nat King Cole "En Espanol": David Murray (leader, tenor saxophone); Roman Filiu O"Reilly (alto saxophone); Ariel Bringuez Ruiz (tenor saxophone); Mario Morejon, Jorge Miguel Vistel Serrano (trumpets); Denis Cuni Rodriguez (trombone); Pepe Rivero (piano); Reinier Elizarde (double bass); Georvis Pico Milan (drums); Yuvi Aguillar Rojas (percussion) and The Bennie Maupin Ensemble: Bennie Maupin (clarinet, saxophone, flute); Dariusz Oleszkiewicz (double bass); Daryl Munyungo Jackson (percussion); Michael Stephans (drums).

  • March 6, 2011

    Centre of Jewish Culture and Education in the White Stork Synagogue ("Synagoga pod Białym Bocianem"), 16:00
    Zohar Fresco Trio, featuring Daniel Zamir (saxophone) & Nitay Hershkovitz (piano) with special guest Leszek Możdżer

    IMPART Arts Centre, 18:00
    Polish Jazz Gala – Big Band Festival, led by Zbigniew Czwojda, together with Carmen Moreno, Anna Serafińska, Wojciech Karolak, Jarosław Śmietana, Piotr Wojtasik.

  • Exhibition "Three Minutes for Jazz" - Lechosław Carnelli
    Opening: March 3, 17:00
    IMPART Gallery, free entry

  • "Jazzgraficology" - exhibition by Robert Żytyński
    opening: 3 March, 17:00
    NaDole Gallery, free entry
The 47th Jazz on the Odra Festival takes place in Wrocław from March 2 until March 6, 2011.

More information can be found on the festival website

Source: PAP