Polish Music at Polish Hall - Andrzej Jagodziński Trio - featuring Grażyna Auguścik
Singer, composer, arranger, and producer Grażyna Auguścik has won the praise and admiration of music critics, jazz enthusiasts and even non-jazz audiences with a singular voice that speaks a universal language. In her repertoire she utilizes Polish folk music, Latin American music and Klezmer music. She first studied guitar in her hometown Słupsk, Poland. Later she graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1992. Her singing debut took place in 1977 at a festival in Toruń. At the National Festival of Polish Song in Opole in 1979 she won in the category of first-time contestants. In 1988, Grażyna Auguścik moved to the United States, where she has performed with Michał Urbaniak and Urszula Dudziak, and many other leading jazz musicians, including Jim Hall, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, John Medeski, Patricia Barber, Paul Wertico, Bobby Enriquez, and others. Auguścik lives and frequently performs in Chicago since 1994. She has participated in the programs of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, bringing "traditional Eastern European music into the jazz idiom, providing a new link to the universality of the language of jazz". In 2002, 2003, 2004 i 2006 r. she was declared Best Jazz Vocal by the European Jazz Forum Magazine. Auguścik has toured all over the world. Some of her albums have been highly acclaimed and popular with jazz audiences, and have consistently placed in Top 10 Charts. Grażyna has recorded 15 albums, including two with Urszula Dudziak, her fellow top-ranking Polish female jazz vocalist. She is one of the most intriguing contemporary vocalists on today's world jazz scene.
The Andrzej Jagodziński Trio was formed by Andrzej Jagodziński (a pianist) in 1993, with drummer Czesław Bartkowski and double-bass player Adam Cegielski in the line-up. It is a jazz group with a well-deserved global reputation, which celebrates in 2014 twenty years of thier musical career. The trio's album "Chopin" was released in 1994, containing jazz arrangement of works by Fryderyk Chopin. The album contributes to the band's great success, winning awards that included the Fryderyk '94 Polish Music Industry Prize and the Melomani '94 award from the Association of Jazz Fans in Łódź.
One of the best pianists in Poland, composer and arranger was born in 1953. He received his degrees from the Frederick Chopin Conservatory where he studied French Horn while already engaged by the Polish Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra.
In 1979 Jagodzinski participated in the Old Jazz Meeting Zlota Tarka and received first prize for "pianist of the year".
He has played with some of the best jazz groups in Poland including The Old Timers, Swing Session, String Connection, The Zbigniew Namyslowski Quartet, The Janusz Muniak Quartet, The Big Warsaw Band, Quintessence, The Tomasz Szukalski Quartet, The Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski Quartet and Jarek Smietana's Polish All Star.
Jagodzinski has toured in most European countries, Australia, and the United States, India, Kuwait, Cuba and the former Soviet Union and has been representing Polish jazz for the past 16 years at: Jazz Yatra-Bombay, Ost-West Nurnberg, Jazz in Europe-Paris, Skane Festivalen in Malmo, Edinburgh Art Festival, Ankara Music Festival, Leverkusener Jazz Tage, Istanbul International Festival and in all the major Polish jazz festivals.
Andrzej Jagodziński - piano
Adam Cegielski - double-bass
Czesław Bartkowski - percussion
"The recording of the disc "Chopin", played by the Andrzej Jagodzinski Trio goes beyond all experimentation done in jazz or pseudo-jazz with Chopin's music. It is a high-level, splendid piece of work and, I would even say, a masterpiece of jazz improvisation in the classic-modern style."
A STROKE OF GENIUS Jazz Forum Magazine /Poland/
Polish Hall (View)
3832 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|