Zbigniew Namysłowski at Jazz Jamboree, 1966, photo: Tadeusz Wackier / Forum
During this year’s edition of the JazzKaar Festival, special concerts will commemorate the Tallin-67 Jazz Festival. Polish jazz saxophonist Zbigniew Namysłowski was one of the headliners.
The 1967 festival was the last one to be hosted in the capital of Estonia. The authorities, in fear of the growing impact of Western music on their people, banned future editions of the event.
The most prominent musician to perform in Tallinn in 1967 was Zbigniew Namysłowski. His music remains as fresh, full of improvisation and open to new music genres to this day. Pieces by Tõnu Naissoo, a teenager at the time, could surely have won over the hearts of many European jazz aficionados, if not for the closed borders, which prevented their composer from being recognised worldwide.
Zbigniew Namyslowski Group: Zbigniew Namyslowski, Jacek Namyslowski, Slawomir Jaskulke, Andrzej Święs, Grzegorz Grzyb
Tõnu Naissoo Unity: Tõnu Naissoo, Allan Järve, Danel Aljo, Toivo Unt, Ahto Abner
Sources: own material, compiled by MKD, April 2017, translated by WF, April 2017