Warsaw Summer Jazz Days 2010
Kurt Elling, Photo by Marek Dusza
WARSAW SUMMER JAZZ DAYS 2010
1st – 4th July 2010
This summer Warsaw will have turned an international centre of jazz music for the 18th time. A wide range of artists encompasses young Polish, British and American jazzmen alongside stars like Pat Metheny, known as the king of jazz guitar, and Pharoaha Sanders referred to as the black avant garde legend.
This year’s edition of the festival was initiated in May by 50 students of Warsaw music schools who wandered through two main streets improvising jazz standards. Then June was devoted to promoting jazz juniors and it all was just a pre-taste of the main events taking place in the first four days of July. The Warsaw Summer Jazz Days 2010 festival was inaugurated by a saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and his legendary free jazz quartet. On that day, Sanders shared the stage with nu-jazz Portico Quartet from London and New York City quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing which combines modern jazz with disco, smooth jazz and traditional swing. Pat Metheny Group will be performing in a traditional set of musicians, with a prominent keyboard player Lyle Mays. The amalgam of artists also includes - one of the most promising new Polish jazz formations - Pink Freud led by Wojtek Mazolewski. This edition of Warsaw Summer Jazz Days festival will be concluded by four great jazzmen, Feliks Pastorius, son of a bass guitar master Jaco Pastorius, and recently acclaimed and lavishly awarded saxophonist from New York Rudresh Mahanthappa accompanied by a legendary guitarist David Gilmore. Finally, the songs of John Coltrane will be sung by a vocalist Kurt Elling (photographed), who has lately been described as one of the best jazz singers.
Warsaw Summer Jazz Days festiwal was launched for the first time in 1992 and immediately swept away the European stage of jazz music. Previous stars of the festival include such jazz personas as Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Steps Ahead, Joe Pass, Modern Jazz Quartet, Al Jarreau, Al Di Meola, Herbie Hancock, Joshua Redman, Bobby McFerrin, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and John Zorn.