Jazz Night is an undertaking organized as part of the Krakow Nights series. It was inaugurated in 2007, during the jubilee of the 750th anniversary of the location of Krakow.
During this special Night, various genres of jazz are presented by outstanding artists from around the world. Concerts take place in places selected individually to the nature of musical undertakings.
Meetings with music lovers in clubs last until late at night. During the implementation of the Jazz Night, the Department of Culture and National Heritage cooperates with the My Polish Heart Foundation, the “Dworek Białoprądnicki” Cultural Center, the Nowa Huta Cultural Center. For several years, concerts have been held in the courtyard of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK. In 2022, the fifteenth edition of jazz night will take place. During the previous fourteen editions of jazz Night, we hosted many artists on our stages, m.in Władysław “Adzik” Sendecki, Nils Landgren, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Adam Bałdych, Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski, Jarek Śmietana, Marek Bałata, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Urszula Dudziak, Billy Cobham, Wolfgang Schmidt, Karen Edwards, Jamal Thomas Band, Kuba Badach, and many other great musicians.
This year’s edition is traditionally planned in the Small Market Square, in the Courtyard of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK, as well as in the Białoprądnicki Manor and the Nowa Huta Cultural Center, in the Courtyard of the Princes Czartoryski Museum, in the Cloth Hall.
After a two-year break, concerts in clubs and cafes will return. At the Small Market, at the end, a performance of the Philip Lassiter Show is planned. The Nowa Huta Cultural Center will host 3 concerts: jazz standards, Ukrainian jazz and Grażyna Auguścik’s Concert with the band. The “Dworek Białoprądnicki” Cultural Center will host m.in concert of Kuba Więcek and Paulina Przybysz and The Flash, the first band in Poland that offers an unconventional combination of rock, drum’n’bass, jazz and noise.
As part of the Jazz Night, a special JAZZKULTURY studio will be created in the Białoprądnicki Manor. The editors of the radio station will talk to guests taking part in concerts. These talks will later be broadcast on JAZZKULTURA radio.
Young Polish jazz is associated primarily with impeccably educated young musicians, referring to the jazz tradition, identified with centers of academic education. The very term “Polish jazz” has become an export brand. However, it is not true that this is the only trend that is dynamically developing in Poland. In addition to frequent and quite understandable marriages of improvisation with traditional music, hip-hop or classics, we observe groups of artists who look at tradition with a certain distance.
Listening to their music, genres cease to be a point of reference, although we have no doubt that we are dealing with talented artists for whom improvisation is an important means of expression. On the one hand, it is an audible influence of the British scene, on the other, a rebellious – although always respectful – reinterpretation of the classics of the genre from different decades. This is what we will experience during the Jazz Night in the Białoprądnicki Manor.
The event will start on July 16th at 6 p.m
Admission to all concerts, as always, will be free.