The idea for JAZZ JAMBOREE came from a handful of the fans and frequenters of the Warsaw club "Hybrydy" in 1958, when they heard a rumor that the immensely popular Sopot Jazz Festival was no longer to be
The first festival in Warsaw, known simply as Jazz '58, was held in September of 1958 at the "Stodola" student's club, with Krakow also hosting a handful of concerts. It was in that year that Polish writer Leopold Tyrmand came up with the name that holds through today. The JAZZ JAMBOREE quickly became one of the largest and most important festivals in all of Europe. During its initial years, concerts were held primarily at the National Philharmonic. In 1965 the Congress Hall of the Palace of Culture and Science became the main festival venue. The forty-odd editions held thus far have featured some of the world's greatest jazz musicians. The most famous among them have been Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Benny Goodman, Wynton Marsalis, The Manhattan Transfer, Bobby McFerrin, Ray Charles, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Michael Petrucciani.
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