Weezdob Collective fot. Krystian Daszkowski

Poznań Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra (PJPO) plays Weezdob Collective & Leszek Możdżer

Unique combination of harmonica, saxophone and guitar sound

Weezdob Collective was established in 2014. The artists, who are often listed among the best jazz musicians of the young generation, are all recipients of the scholarships of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. The collective won, among others: Grand Prix of the 54th Jazz on the Odra Festival, Grand Prix of the Lotos Jazz Festival – the 17th Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa, Grand Prix of the Jazz Fruit competition at the Mladi Ladi Jazz Festival in Prague, Grand Prix of the 18th National Review of Jazz and Blues Bands in Gdynia, as well as the Grand Prix of the 2015 Blue Note Poznań Competition. The band received positive reviews by jazz authorities, such as Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski, Zbigniew Namysłowski and Krzesimir Dębski. The fusion of five musical personalities resulted in the creation of a cohesive and original collective of improvisers and composers. One of the most characteristic features of the band is the unique combination of harmonica, saxophone and guitar sound, which constitutes the only such proposal on the Polish music scene.

They will perform with the Artistic Director of the Jazz on the Odra Festival – Leszek Możdżer

Leszek Możdżer is one of the most outstanding Polish jazz musicians, a world-class pianist, a courageous explorer and an original artist, distinguished by his own musical language. In 1992, he received an individual distinction at Jazz Juniors – it was the first drop of heavy rain of awards that would flood him in the following years. Since then, he has won all subsequent Jazz Forum plebiscites in the “Piano” category and has also won numerous Musician of the Year titles.

Poznań Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra (PJPO) plays Weezdob Collective

An album with Weezdob Collective’s music in original arrangements for a jazz orchestra – Poznan Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra. The album was released to celebrate the 5th anniversary of founding the Weezdob Collective, which constitutes the core of the Poznan Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra. All the compositions featured on the album have never been performed by a jazz orchestra before. The album also showcases the young generation of talented artists from the Poznan Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra, who were invited to collaborate with the musicians. Young composers – Kuba Marciniak, Tomasz Citak, Adam Zagórski, Kacper Smoliński and Piotr Scholz (founder and bandleader of the PJPOrchestra) – were entrusted with preparing the arrangements of all the songs for an orchestra.

Band:

Piotr Scholz (conductor, guitar)
Kacper Smoliński (harmonica)
Jan Adamczewski (soprano saxophone)
Kuba Marciniak (tenor saxophone)
Marek Konarski (tenor saxophone)
Tomasz Orłowski (trumpet)
Piotr Banyś (trombone)
Tomasz Citak (violin)
Marta Michalak (violin)
Michał Kot (viola)
Anna Papierz (cello)
Leszek Możdżer (piano)
Damian Kostka (double bass)
Adam Zagórski (drums)