Poland Celebrates International Jazz Day

UNESCO has proclaimed April 30 to be International Jazz Day, so as to “better realize the value of the international community of jazz as an educational tool and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and cooperation between peoples.” At the culmination of International Jazz Month, International Jazz Day is an opportunity for governments, organizations, institutions and individuals discover a “greater appreciation not only for the music itself, but also the contribution they can make to build more inclusive societies.” On this day, there are concerts, conferences and meetings of jazz music lovers organized all over the world – below are examples of those being held in Poland.


Katowice JazzArt Festival

The city of Katowice happily celebrates International Jazz Day with the Katowice JazzArt Festival—a series of concerts scheduled for April 21-30, 2015. Many different kinds of jazz, from traditional to contemporary, will be presented in a variety of concerts scheduled for the fourth edition of this unique festival.

The roster of distinguished artists opens with Stacey Kent’s concert on April 21. Concerts by Cuefx and Hauschka follow on April 22 and 23. The James Carter Organ Trio performs on April 24 and a screening of Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser is scheduled for April 25. Another film screening  of A Great Day in Harlem takes place on April 26 and will be followed by concerts by Maria Joao and the Joe Lovano Village Rhythm Band (April 27 and 28). Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler will hold workshops on April 29 and appear in concert later that day. The last day of the Festival will feature several lectures as well as concerts by Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Moon Hoax and Alladin Killers.

April 21-30, 2015 | various times
Katowice JazzArt Festival
Kinoteatr Rialto, Prokultura Media
ul. Jana 24, Katowice 40-012, Poland
Tickets: www.ticketpro.pl  and www.ticketportal.pl 
Info: www.jazzartfestival.eu

[Source: miasto-ogrodow.eu]


JAZZstrzebie 2015

International Jazz Day will also be celebrated in the Southern Polish region of Jastrzębie-Zdrój with JAZZstrzębie 2015. Organizers will present a seminar with jazz musicians and writers, as well as two concerts—a recital of jazz standards with Robert Czech and a concert of the Piotr Schmidt Electric Group—and a jam session. All events except for the final jam session are free. For a full schedule, visit jastrzebianie.pl.

April 20, 2015 | all day
JAZZstrzębie 2015
Various venues around Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland – see schedule here: jastrzebianie.pl
Info: +48 600 111 520 or kawiarnia@parkowa.eu

[Sources: facebook.comjastrzebianie.pl]