Jazz Sping Zakopane is an musical event
which established itself as usual point in cultural calender of
Zakopane. The first edition was held on early may of 2004, when
European Union was expanded for new members, including Poland. Since
then, being part of United Europe Jazz Festival, it not only
celebrates this important date but also is a great opportunity to
present and work with Visegrad Group musicians. Apart from
contemporary features, the fesival perfectly fits tradition as well,
since Jazz was audible in Zakopane as early as in 1930s.
United Europe Jazz Festival is being
held from the end of april to mid-may also in towns: Banska Bystrica
(SK), Headec Kralove (CZ) and Salgoarjan (HU). Thanks to that the
jazz band exchanges and cultural life improvement is possible.
Zakopane festival is distinguished for
its diversified programme with rich spectre of polish and foreign
artists, who draw jazz lovers under Tatra mountains. During fifteen
festival editions we held artists from USA, Great Britian, Germany,
Estonia, Italy, Czech and many more. Among them were Chris Barber,
Enrico Raba, Ondrej Havelka, Stanley Breckenridge, legendary Golden
Gate Quartet, Jacksons Singers, Harriet Lewis and Nigel Kennedy.
Polish scene was represented by i.a. Tomasz Stańko, Wojciech
Karolak, Janusz Muniak, Urszula Dudziak, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Piotr
Baron, Janusz Muniak, Adam Bałdych, Leszek Możdżer and Włodek
"If jazz on peaks then only in
Zakopane" – that is the motto which follows spring syncope
music under the Tatra mountains. With blooming crocuses, Zakopane
becomes world jazz center, hosting top-tier artists and crowds of
From its first moments, Jazz Spring was
meaningful for music life of Zakopane. With time it became one of the
most notable jazz festivals in Poland nad Visegrad Group. In 2012 it
joined exclusive event group, celebrating International Jazz Day
under UNESCO patronate.
As mesmerizing as the musicians
themselves are beautiful Tatra landscapes and nature, blossoming at
spring. With every year come more and more jazz and Zakopane fans.
The festival expands with care for music-lovers and guests coming
under Tatry at spring.
last edition of festival was held at the end of april 2018. For over
a dozen days Zakopane once again became world jazz center, hosting
top-tier artists and crowds of fans. Jazz Spring Zakopane 2018
programme was abundant, from dixieland through swing standards to
modern acoustic jazz projects or edge of jazz and classical music.
Over twenty artists and bands were performing i.a. Leliwa Jazz Band,
Old Timers formation, superb US vocalist Stanley Breckenridge and a
Hammond organ virtuoso, Wojtek Karolak. Projects that turned out to
be very interesting: Komeda, Sisters in Jazz, Chopin na strunach.
Bands that merge jazz with other genres i.a. Piotr Wyleżoł band,
are also worth mentioning. AMC Trio, on the other hand, was a little
more tender. When it comes to hot rythms in jazz music, Adam Wendt
with spanish vocalist, Lura Cubi Villena and Q YA VY band were
particularly arousing. The summary belonged to Four Duets Project by
Krzesimir Dębski, Krzysztof Ścierański, Tadeusz Sudnik and Marcin
highly recommend listening to every concert with hopes that all of
those performances will give you lots of great impressions.