The Polish jazz scene has always had a long list of great musicians. That hasn’t changed and today’s Polish jazz, as well as encompassing traditional, modern, and avant-garde strands, is led by some serious young talent.
Passing away in Warsaw last week at the age of 85, Rosław Szaybo designed over two thousand covers for some of the world’s top artists including Miles Davis, Elton John, Santana, Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Marley.
This week Dan is blown away after hearing the Atom String Quartet performing live. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last either.
We used to look up to our political leaders. Then we idolized the artists. Our search for the next Paderewski may be a long one. These days they don’t make men of that class and authority. Or maybe we just don’t need them anymore?
A doctor by training, Komeda invented modern jazz in Poland in the 50s, when the country was completely isolated from Western music, and was on the verge of international recognition with his compositions for Roman Polański’s early films.
In this week’s column, Dan Wyszogrodzki says that one of the most life-defining questions you can ask yourself is how far you would go for music. He also has the answer.
Adam Bałdych is a virtuoso with amazing technique, but what makes his music unique is its depth and lyricism. He also continually crosses the border between jazz and classical. Like there is no border.
She’s a singer, a songwriter, a mean guitar player and a fully trained violinist. She’s also pretty. In fact, she’s got it all, says Dan Wyszogrodzki in this week’s Dan Session column
In this week’s column, Dan takes a look at ‘Polka’ jazz and its growing reputation internationally.
This week, Dan delves into a fusion of jazz and classical as one of Poland’s best jazz pianists Włodek Pawlik tackles the ‘daddy of Polish opera’,Stanisław Moniuszko