Concert of the Grand Prix winner of 2024 Wojtek Siwek Jazz Individuality Contest| Darek Oleszkiewicz – Brad Mehldau – Jorge Rossy

April 24, 2024 7:30 pm
Impart Centrum
Piłsudskiego 19

Tickets price: 160 PLN (SOLD OUT)

1st set Concert of the winner of the Grand Prix of the 2024 Wojtek Siwek Jazz Individuality Contest

2nd set Darek Oleszkiewicz – Brad Mehldau – Jorge Rossy

Darek Oleszkiewicz – double bass

Brad Mehldau – piano

Jorge Rossy – drums

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Darek Oleszkiewicz is an outstanding double bassist whose talent has been recognised by Jan “Ptaszyn” Wróblewski during the Jazz Juniors festival in Cracow in 1983. In 1988, Darek has left for Los Angeles to hone his musical skills. A year later, he has received a scholarship from the California Institute of the Arts and began studying with Charlie Haden. After graduating in 1992, he took over the teaching position from his mentor at the institute, where he now leads jazz ensembles and teaches double bass. He has worked with such artists as Brad Mehldau, Billy Higgins, Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano, Eddie Henderson, Charles Lloyd, John Abercrombie, Bennie Maupin, Lee Konitz, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Art Farmer, Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane, James Newton, Geri Allen, Billy Hart, Kevin Hays, Munyungo Jackon, Steve Hass, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Marian McPartland, Tom Harrell, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart, Chris Potter, Kei Akagi, Billy Childs, Bob Sheppard, Joe LaBarbera, Teri Lynn Carrington, Buddy De Franco and Terry Gibbs.

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One of the most lyrical and intimate voices of contemporary jazz piano, Brad Mehldau has forged a unique path, which embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism and pop allure. From critical acclaim as a bandleader to major international exposure in collaborations with Pat Metheny, Renee Fleming, and Joshua Redman, Mehldau continues to garner numerous awards and admiration from both jazz purists and music enthusiasts alike. His forays into melding musical idioms, in both trio and solo settings, has seen brilliant re-workings of songs by contemporary songwriters like The Beatles, Cole Porter, Radiohead, Paul Simon, Gershwin and Nick Drake; alongside the ever-evolving breath of his own significant catalogue of original compositions. With his self-proclaimed affection for popular music and classical training, “Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years” (The New York Times).

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Jorge Rossy is internationally recognized as one of the most influential drummers of his generation. His sideman work includes over 180 recordings with renowned jazz musicians such as Brad Mehldau, Ethan Iverson, Kevin Hays, Albert Sanz, Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, Seamus Blake, Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Enrico Pieranunzi, Jakob Bro, Thomas Morgan, Steve Swallow, Charles Lloyd, Anders Christensen, Arve Henriksen, Dario Deidda, Pietro Tonolo, and Joey Baron. He achieved wide recognition in 1995 as the original drummer in the Brad Mehldau Trio. Jorge has also toured with other jazz greats including Charlie Haden, Wayne Shorter, Lee Konitz, Carla Bley, and Joe Lovano. Jorge also has a distinctive voice on the vibes, marimba and piano, and a unique sound as a composer and band leader. Since his first CD under his own name, Wicca (Fresh Sound, 2006), he has recorded over 30 albums as a band leader or co-leader. Since 2015, Jorge has toured and recorded his Vibes Quintet as well as many co-led projects. Puerta is the first album of vibes trio and was released on ECM in November 2021. All the bands that Jorge has led or co-led are made up of outstanding musicians, collaborating to create a distinctive sound and an aesthetic full of intimate complicity. The long list of his bandmates includes Jeff Ballard, Robert Landfermann, Al Foster, Jimmy Wormworth, Joey Baron, Billy Hart, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Domenic Landolf, Pietro Tonolo, Chris Cheek, Mike Kanan, Kevin Hays, Doug Weiss, Putter Smith, Pete Bernstein, Jaume Llombart.

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