Sylwester Ostrowski & The Jazz Brigade

We have the pleasure of inviting you to a concert within the Jazz in BOK series:

Sylwester Ostrowski & The Jazz Brigade
featuring Deborah Brown,
Freddie Hendrix,
and Nikola Lipska

October 30th, 2019, 7 PM
Fama club, 5 Legionowa Street
tickets: 35 PLN (presale) / 45 PLN (on the day of the event), available at the Forum cinema’s box office (5 Legionowa Street), BCC/LZC’ box office (19 Warszawska Street) and on bilety.bok.bialystok.pl

Sylwester Ostrowski – jazz saxophonist, composer, music producer and The Jazz Brigade bandleader

From Szczecin, Poland, Sylwester builds cultural connections globally with jazz. He’s a rare case in the Polish artistic world and successfully combines the role of music – jazz saxophonist with culture animation, including the creation of the Szczecin Jazz Festival. He has recorded with American artists like jazz vocalist Deborah Brown, trumpers Keyon Harrold, Freddie Hendrix, pianist Darius Brubeck and toured alongside genres like Bobby Watson, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Piotr Wojtasik, Anders Bergcrantz, Miki Hayama, Essiet Okon Essiet, Yakov Okun, Newman T. Baker, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and much more.

Internationally, Sylwester has performed at numerous international jazz world music festivals as well as in jazz renowned jazz clubs globally, such as the Jazz Sister Cities Inaugural Concert in Kansas City, MO USA; Szczecin Jazz in Szczecin, Poland; Jazz on the Dnieper in Dnipro, Ukraine; Yamaha Ginza Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Safaricom International Jazz Festival in Nairobi, Kenya and the Blue Note in New York, USA.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Deborah Brown’s musical talents have propelled her from coast to coast in the USA, eventually leading her to Europe via Japan and Indonesia culminating in a 12 year residency in Europe.

Performing in night clubs, concerts, jazz festivals, on television and radio soundstages, Deborah has made a name for herself with appearances in more than 50 countries around the world.

Deborah Brown has 16 recordings as a leader and is featured on many others as a special guest artist.

Over the past two decades, Freddie Hendrix has become one of the most in demand trumpeters in Jazz, and beyond. Also an accomplished composer, arranger and educator, the Teaneck, New Jersey native’s skill and versatility has resulted in him working with a wide array of performers that range from the Count Basie Orchestra and The Christian McBride Big Band, to Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys.

With the release of his first recording as a leader, JERSEY CAT, Freddie is serving notice that now is his time. One of the music’s most exciting players, Hendrix has forged his own sure footed, full toned sound, out of the tradition of Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Lee Morgan, and Clifford Brown. A powerful septet recording, JERSEY CAT, a scintillating septet debut, impresses from the opening bars of the powerful first track, “St. Peter’s Walk”. At home on fiery, uptempo tracks, or on ballads like “You Don’t Know What Love Is”, Hendrix shows that he can handle any tempo and interpret any song with ease, and when called for, nuance. And on originals like “On The Rise” (one of his first compositions), “Madeira Nights”, (inspired by his first trip to Europe), and “Whims Of A Waltz”, Freddie’s aforementioned composing and arranging talents are on full display. Among the other selections on this well rounded project is a wonderful performance of the Horace Silver classic “Peace”, and a swinging rendition of Freddie Hubbard’s “Hubtones”.

A product of the esteemed Jazz program at William Paterson University, with a Masters in Jazz Studies and Performance from New Jersey City University, Hendrix also shares his knowledge and passion for the music by serving as a faculty member at the Hartt School of Music at The University of Hartford (Ct.), The New School in New York, and Jazz House Kids, in Montclair, New Jersey.

Whether leading his own groups, or lending his talents as a lead or section player in much larger ensembles, Freddie Hendrix continues to flourish as one of the most exciting trumpet voices on the music scene.

Nikola Lipska – rising Polish jazz vocalist.

 

Freddie Hendrix – trumpet
Sylwester Ostrowski – saxophone
Miki Hayama – piano
Essiet Okon Essiet – double bass
Eric Allen – drums
Deborah Brown – vocals
Nikola Lipska – vocals

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