Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sensational schedule for Jazz Autumn in Bielsko!!!

Usually well-informed Jazz Forum magazine announces truly sensational schedule for Jazz Autumn Festival in Bielsko-Biała. If these dream comes true, between 16-20 November 2011we shall be able to listen to such dramatic events as:


Colin Vallon Trio (Colin Vallon - piano, Patrice Moret - double bass, Samuel Rohrer - drums) whose last record for ECM titled "Rruga" has brought music of extreme beauty and depth. Certainly one of the most interesting jazz pianio trios in the world along with our renowned Marcin Wasilewski Trio (check their recently issued "Faithful").

Cecil Taylor (piano) and Tony Oxley (drums) - this left me speechless!!! Taylor is living legend of  avantgarde, voice like no other in modern jazz while Oxley drumming is very well remembered by Polish adience from his recordings with Tomasz Stańko like "Leosia" (2000).


Tom Harrell, one of best trumpeters in American jazz, will bring his Chamber Ensemble with "Debussy -  Ravel" project. Sounds very interesting to me!

And yet another mind-blowing announcement: evening this day great Pharoah Sanders will be playing in Bielsko Biała!!! Wooow!!!


The concerts for this day are not yet disclosed.


On this day will play a band of pianist and harpist Iro Haarla which is honestly speaking little known to me but when I look at names one can find in her band: trumpeter Mathias Eick, saxophonist Trygve Seim, double-bassist Ulf Krokfors and drummer Jon Christensten, I am sure this gig will be worth to be present at.

Evening this day is secured for special event since Craig Taborn Trio will play featuring apart from this young but excellent pianist, Thomas Morgan on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums.

But last day 20.11.2011 is again truly a killer!!!

First Michael Formanek Quartet will play whose double-bass will be accompanied by Tim Berne (saxophone), Craig Taborn (piano) and Gerald Cleaver (drums).  They will perform material from disc titled "The Run And The Spare Change", one of the most significant in ECM catalogue last year.

However evening concert will be of even more attention since it will feature legendary trumpeter Tomasz  Stańko and pianist Craig Taborn. The outcome of this meeting is unpredictable but that's exactly what we love in jazz, don't we?

Author of text: Maciej Nowotny (

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