Photo Piotr Banasik
– This year the competition was much more international than before, because the pandemic situation in which we are now made it possible – said Adam Pierończyk. – We listened to a lot of interesting and very inspiring music, in which apart from virtuosity – it is the basis, the message, originality, creativity …
Finally, by the jury’s decision, the winner of the 1st Grand Prix (PLN 10,000) of the 45th Jazz Juniors edition was Nagy Emma Quintet / Hungary / composed of: Emma Nagy (vocals), Pèter Cseh (guitar), Christian Olah (piano), Àbel Dènes (double bass ), Àdam Klausz (drums).
The 2nd Prize (PLN 5,000 each) went ex aequo to the Polish band Superminimalism. The band was composed of: Marcin Elszkowski (trumpet), Jakub Łępa (saxophone), Robert Wypasek (saxophone), Michał Aftyka (double bass) and Stefan Raczkowski (drums)
and for the Italian sextet Federico Calcagno & The Dolphians composed of: Federico Calcagno (soprano / bass clarinet, composition, arrangement), Gianluca Zanello (alto saxophone), Luca Ceribelli (tenor / soprano saxophone), Andrea Mellaceano (vibraphone), Stefano double bass), Stefano Grasso (drums)
The 3rd Prize (PLN 3,000) went to the Polish band Unleashed Cooperation, which played in the following line-up: Krzysztof Kuśmierek (soprano saxophone), Patryk Rynkiewicz (trumpet), Patryk Matwiejczuk (piano) Flavio Gullotta (double bass) Stanisław Aleksandrowicz (drums).
2nd Prize: Superminimalism / Poland / Photo. Piotr Banasik
2nd Prize: Federico Calcagno & The Dolphians / Italy / Photo. Piotr Banasik
3rd Prize: Unleashed Cooperation / Poland / Photo. Piotr Banasik
In addition to the three main prizes, as every year, special prizes were also awarded. As a result, all final teams were appreciated. The Jazz Juniors Council of International Partners, following the competition performances, invited selected bands to participate in festivals and concerts for the fifth time: Enrico Moccia from the Italian Fara Music Festival invited the Grand Prix winners – Nagy Emma Quintet. Csenge Hamod from Opus Jazz Club / Hungary / and Wojciech Siwek from Jazz nad Odrą in Wrocław invited the group Superminimalism. In turn, Andrej Blagojevic from Nisville Jazz Festival / Serbia / and Jakub Krzeszowski, “Jazz po polsku” / Asia / invited the Polish band Unleashed Cooperation to their festivals.
Michał Hajduk from the NOSPR in Katowice invited Federico Calcagno & The Dolphians to a concert. Iaroslav Sartakov from Ural Terra Jazz in Russia and Tomasso Caggiani from NiCa Jazz Festival in Spain invited the British band Twospeak. And Ratko Zjaca from More & Jazz Festival in Croatia offered a concert to the Polish band Ziemia.
Traditionally, the Janusz Muniak (PLN 5,000), won by Natalia Kordiak. “Golden Double Bass” Special Award of the Foundation. Andrzej Cudzich (PLN 1,000), Jakub Wosik from the band Ziemia received as the outstanding contested double bass player.
The Grand Prix was funded by the City of Krakow, 2nd Prize – STOART and the Management Board of TVP SA, 3rd Prize and the Janusz Muniak – Trzech Kumpli Brewery.
Jazz bazaar. Broadcast from September 30, 2021.
The first day of Jazz Juniors 2021 is behind us.
On Thursday, October 7, we are opening the concert part. At. We invite you to Cricoteka, where the artist in residence of the Festival – Adam Pierończyk and Majid Bekkas and Jean-Paul Bourelly, will perform, and Nils Wogram from Root 70 in the second part of the concert. 22.00 in the Showcase, specially launched on the occasion of the Mile Stone Jazz Club festival. Kuba Banaszek Quartet, Marta Wajdzik Experiment and Chyła-Mizeracki-Charciek-Olszewski will perform in front of the audience, which will include several dozen representatives of the music industry from many European countries.