Since 1992, Warsaw Summer Jazz Days has hosted emerging artists as well as the genre's more established veterans. The annual festival has become an important cultural event for both the city and Europe as a whole, and the programme for 2018 looks set to raise the bar even higher!
Polish jazz: a little bit of history
Originating in the United States, jazz music found its way to Europe after World War I. But after World War II, Communist authorities forced jazz "into the catacombs” – that is, they banned it, forcing dedicated musicians to go underground. As a result, pre-1950s jazz in Poland came to represent an independent and nonconformist spirit. The legacy of the genre's rebellious, daring artists continues to influence and inspire the diverse and always-evolving contemporary Polish jazz scene.
Warsaw Summer Jazz Days 2018 program
Set to take place July 5–8, this year's performances will be just a 25-minute drive from the Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel, Warsaw. Festival organizers have thoughtfully pieced together a program consisting of both well-known and new artists, with styles ranging from classic to eclectic and experimental. This year, multiple performances in avant-garde style are braking all the jazz stereotypes and introducing new sounds to the jazz world. This year you can enjoy jazz drummer's Jack DeJohnette performance as well as Binker Golding and Moses Boyd's unique jazz sounds that have been inspired by different genres like hip-hop, electronic and jazz.
The opening days
This year’s Summer Jazz Days is packed with brilliant jazz artists from around the world. The festival will kick off with the Django Bates’ Belovèd, a British composer, multi-instrumentalist who plays the piano, keyboards and the tenor horn. The opener is followed by sets from the Binker and Moses and the Vijay Iyer Sextet.
The next day's highlights include Soweto Kinch Trio, Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense and Leszek Możdżer Special Project.
Closing acts and contest
The final day of the festival will wrap up with talanted American Dayna Stephens Group saxophonist and unique music group GoGo Penguin whose music has been described as acoustic-electronica, but they draw equally on rock and jazz.