Founded in 1976, the International Contest of Young Jazz Ensembles Jazz Juniors has always been strongly entwined with the history of Polish jazz, since it is at the Jazz Juniors where the most famous Polish artists – such as Leszek Możdżer, Krzysztof Ścierański, Marek Bałata, Niedziela and Pospieszalski brothers, and New Presentation, Walk Away and Miłość bands – made their first steps.
This was years ago, yet Jazz Juniors still belongs to the spearhead of jazz events, whose winners make their presence ever more visible on international music stages. Enough to mention that this is the competition that recently allowed the discovery of such personalities and bands as High Definition, N.S.I., Levity, Bartosz Dworak, Piotr Orzechowski “Pianohooligan” and Tomasz Chyła Quintet.
In recent years Jazz Juniors has efficiently developed its operation focused around the idea of international exchange, focused on the promotion of competition winners. Thanks to the recommendations and involvement of members of the International Council, Jazz Juniors winners receive an opportunity to go on international tours, shine brightly on the dazzling stages of great festivals all around the world (for example in Russia, Spain, Serbia, Slowakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania and even China) and set up cooperation with prestigious labels such as Fresh Sound Records, Hevhetia, Emme Record Label, Polish Radio Music Agency.
The global pandemic has temporarily eliminated the possibility of touring outside the country, as well as giving concerts on the stages of foreign festivals and clubs. Therefore, we would like to present you online performances of five bands – winners and finalists of the Jazz Juniors Competition, who are renowned artists of the young generation today.
We have a great pleasure to present you: Aga Derlak Trio, Mateusz Pałka Trio, Kuba Płużek Quartet, Kuba Banaszek Quartet, Stanisław Słowiński Project.
We hope you will enjoy their music.
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“Public task financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within the grant competition “Public Diplomacy 2021”