Jazz on the Odra: Jazz Personality 2015 Open Competition


cropped-logo2.pngJazz on the Odra: Jazz Personality 2015 Open Competition

Each year, the Jazz Personality Competition organised within the scope of the international Jazz on the Odra festival can boast an unwavering popularity.

This year, over 28 ensembles have chosen to participate, 8 of which have qualified for the finals.

The Qualification Committee, comprising Artur Lesicki, Artur Majewski, Bartosz Pernal, Igor Pietraszewski and Wojtek Siwek, has decided that on 16 and 17 April, the following artists will have the chance to present themselves before the audience of the 51st Jazz on the Odra festival:

1. VEHEMENCE QUARTET (Katowice)
2. PeGaPoFo (quartet) (Kraków)
3. EXPLORATION QUARTET (Gdańsk)
4. KAMIL PIOTROWICZ QUINTET (Gdansk)
5. GLOBAL SCHWUNG QUINTET (Poznań)
6. GUDZ (sextet) (Poznań)
7. WEEZDOB COLLECTIVE (Poznań)
8. Grzegorz Piasecki (Wrocław)

The Competition jury features many prominent names and jazz authorities: Paweł Brodowski – journalist and editor-in-chief of the “Jazz Forum” magazine, Lee Konitz – a prominent American saxophonist, Joe La Barbera – an outstanding jazz drummer and composer, Leszek Możdżer – world famous pianist and first-time Jazz on the Odra festival artistic director and Dariusz “Oles” Oleszkiewicz – world renowned jazz double bass player.

The 51st Jazz on the Odra festival Grand Prix laureate, whose prize is funded by the President of Wrocław, will perform on Saturday, 18 April.

The Grand Prix laureate is also entitled to perform during the next edition of the festival. This year, the last year’s laureates, the NSI QUARTET, will perform together with Leszek Możdżer!
The 51st Jazz on the Odra festival will begin on 14 April 2015 and will last for 7 days, until Monday, 20 April. Most of the main concerts of this year’s JnO festival edition will be held in hospitable spaces of the Wrocław Impart, located at 17 Mazowiecka Street.