Polish saxophonist Sylwester Ostrowski and his band returned to Japan to present their latest project Just Music, created in collaboration with Makoto Kuriya. The musicians performed in the country's best jazz clubs.
The artists invited skilled trumpeter Piotr Wojtasik and legendary American jazz double bassist Newman T. Baker to accompany them. Sylwester Ostrowski is not only a saxophonist, but also a producer and the driving force behind the Polish jazz scene. The musician was honoured with the Gloria Artis medal by the then Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski.
Ostrowski’s ensemble has already performed at Tokyo’s Yamaha Jazz Studio, back in 2013. From then on, the ensemble has played as a quintet. The musicians recorded their first album in Inning Studios, one of Tokyo's finest recording studios. The album was released on March 26, 2014 in Asia and on April 6 in Poland at the music studio of Polish Radio’s Agnieszka Osiecka. The 2014 Japanese tour promoted Ostrowski’s latest recording.
Before the musicians set off to Japan, they gave two performances in Poland – at the opening ceremony of Szczecin’s Philharmonic new building on September 8, and at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, as part of the official celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the first democratic government in Poland after the 1989 election (September 12). The event was sponsored and partnered by Yamaha. The performances were broadcasted by TVP Polonia.
Media Patronage: TVP Polonia
source: press materials, culture.pl, jazzforum.com.pl, edited by km, August 2014