Kuba Stankiewicz International Quartet | Philip Dizack Quartet

April 27, 2023 7:00 pm
Impart Centrum
Piłsudskiego 19

Tickets price: 120 PLN


7:00 p.m. Kuba Stankiewicz International Quartet

Bob Sheppard – saxophones, flute

Kuba Stankiewicz – piano

Darek Oleszkiewicz – bass

Eric Ineke – drums

guest: Maria Puga Lareo – vocal

photo credit: Kuba Majerczyk

Kuba Stankiewicz has been one of the leading Polish jazz pianists for many years. In the second half of the 1980s, he played with the band of Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski, and later on with Zbigniew Namysławowski’s quintet and quartet (with whom he recorded Open and Song Of Innocence albums). In 1987-1990, he studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (with diploma in piano class), where he was awarded the Oscar Peterson Prize. He was a semi-finalist of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in Washington. The American period of Stankiewicz’s work had a number of noteworthy events, including his collaboration with an orchestra led by the legendary clarinetist and bandleader Artie Shaw. After returning to Poland, he founded a quartet with Henryk Miśkiewicz, Adam Cegielski and Cezary Konrad, and recorded Northern Song (Album of the Year according to Jazz Forum readers) in 1993. Then, he moved on to co-create Traveling Birds (with Darek Oleszkiewicz, Piotr Wojtasik, Piotr Baron and Cezary Konrad), whose albums (Traveling Birds Quintet published in 1994 and Return To The Nest released in 1995) only strengthened his position among Polish musicians. He also played with other prominent musicians, including Scott Hamilton, Art Farmer (Art In Wrocław album), Sheila Jordan, Janusz Muniak, Tomasz Szukalski and Anna Maria Jopek. By the end of the 1990s, he created a nostalgic album Ulice wielkich miast featuring songs by Agnieszka Osiecka, who passed away in 1997. It was followed up a couple of years later with the unprecedented Chopin Songbook ̨with jazz renditions of songs – in Polish and English versions, later presented by the band at the ̇2003 Jazz Jamboree Festival and – following a long hiatus – in 2010 as part of the celebrations of the Chopin Year (including at the Chopin and his Europe festival in Warsaw). In 2012, Kuba Stankiewicz recorded his original album – Spaces, which was nominated for the Wrocław Music Award. In February 2013, the album was nominated for the annual 2013 Fryderyk Award in the Album of the Year – Jazz Music category. The same year saw the release of his solo album featuring his original interpretations of Wojciech Kilar’s film music. In 2014, Kuba Stankiewicz recorded an album of Victor Young’s songs in a Los Angeles studio with Peter Erskine and Darek Oleszkiewicz. The album was released by Warner Classics. In 2015, he took part in a tour of the United States promoting the album. Despite being rooted in classic American models, Kuba Stankiewicz’s pianism is often heading towards romantic lyricism, rather than dynamic extremes. However, in every case it is pure jazz set in a convincing timing, open to partners. In recent years, Kuba Stankiewicz has been increasingly active in the field of education. He received his doctorate from the Academy of Music in Wrocław, obtaining his post-doctoral degree in 2016, followed by the academic title of a professor in 2020.

Bob Sheppard, assistant professor of Jazz Studies at the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, received his master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music. He is a sought-after sideman who works extensively with film and television productions. His music can be heard on the soundtracks of major films, including Jerry Maguire, Leaving Las Vegas, Goodfellas, Forrest Gump, Nixon and First Wives Club, as well as on the soundtracks of Seinfeld, Chicago Hope, Late Night with David Letterman, Cheers and Northern Exposure. As an accompanying musician, he worked on numerous albums, ranging from pop released by Steely Dan, The Manhattan Transfer, Sheena Easton and Rickie Lee Jones to jazz albums by Scott Henderson, Dianne Reeves, Billy Childs and Michael Franks. As of now, he is a member of the Mike Stern Quartet; he also took part in the premiere tour of Chick Corea’s sextet – Origin. He was also a member of the bands of some of the most prominent musicians, including Freddie Hubbard, Randy Brecker, Horace Silver, Lyle Mays, Peter Erskine, Billy Childs, Nat Adderley and Doc Severinson. Bob Sheppard is also a solo artist and composer. His recording debut, Tell Tale Signs (Windham Hill Jazz), was produced by Steely Dan’s Walter Becker.

Darek Oleszkiewicz – born in Wrocław, resident of California. Professor at the University Of California in Irvine. After his success at the 1983 Jazz Juniors, where he won three awards, including two individual ones, he was invited by Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski to join his quartet. In 1988 he went to Los Angeles where he began studying under Charlie Haden at the California Institute Of The Arts. He has become one of the most sought-after and respected musicians, accompanying numerous prominent artists during their concerts and on their albums. Some of them include Brad Mehldau, Billy Higgins, Joe Lovano, Eddie Henderson, Charles Lloyd, John Abercrombie, Bennie Maupin, Lee Konitz, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Bennie Wallace, Victor Lewis, Harvey Mason, Dave Grusin, Art Farmer, Horace Silver, Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane, James Newton, Arthur Blythe, Lew Tabackin, Steve Kuhn, Gary Smulyan, Ronnie Cuber, Billy Hart, Kevin Hays, Munyungo Jackon, Steve Hass, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Marian McPartland, Janis Siegel, Bob Brookmeyer, Curtis Fuller, Roy McCurdy, Tom Harrell, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart, Chris Potter, Kei Akagi, Billy Childs, Bob Sheppard, Joe LaBarbera, Bill Cunliffe, Patrice Rushen, Bennie Golson, Piotr Baron, Teri Lynn Carrington, Buddy De Franco, Terry Gibbs, and Anthony Wilson Nonet. Recently, he also took part in Pat Metheny’s world tour. He also plays in various line-ups together with Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua and George Garzone. Leader of the Los Angeles Jazz Quartet. In 2020, he released a solo album dedicated to John Coltrane. His music can be heard on more than a hundred albums by various artists.

Eric Ineke began his career in the 1960s, inspired by Philly Joe Jones and Elvin Jones. In 1969, he recorded his first album with Ferdinand Povel. Since the 1970s, Eric has played in the legendary Rein de Graaff / Dick Vennik Quartet, The Ben van den Dungen / Jarmo Hoogendijk Quintet and The Piet Noordijk Quartet. In his career, he has recorded many albums and toured with prominent American jazz musicians, including Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, George Coleman, Al Cohn, Jimmy Raney, Barry Harris, Eric Alexander, Grant Stewart, and David Liebman. He teaches at the Department of Jazz of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and hosts master classes around the world. On 1 April 2017. Ineke turned 70 and marked the occasion with the Eric Ineke 70 Super Jam event at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam. During the first half of the concert, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam Simone Kukenheim presented Erik Ineke with the Orde van Oranje Nassau title for his contributions to Dutch culture.


Philip Dizack Quartet

Philip Dizack – trumpet

Mike King – piano

Joe Sanders – bass

Jeremy Dutton – drums

photo credit: Aaron Lacy

Grammy Nominated US-based trumpeter, Philip Dizack, brings extreme lyricism and spontaneity alongside his dynamic jazz quartet.

A trumpet player of deep tradition and extreme versatility, Philip Dizack was mentored in his early 20’s by the elders, Jazz Messenger, Bobby Watson and 10-time Grammy® Award Winning Pianist, Eddie Palmieri. For the last decade, Dizack has been a staple of the modern New York scene, recently joining ECM recording artist and piano virtuoso, Shai Maestro’s Quartet.

Philip Dizack has released three albums as a leader with the fourth in the works. All three have included the quartet’s bassist, 20-year collaborator, and fellow Milwaukee native, Joe Sanders. Mike King (Piano) and Jeremy Dutton (Drums), two masterful New York City contributors, round out the quartet as they perform in this iteration for the very first time at Jazz Nad Odrą.


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