Joe Lovano – saxophones
Marcin Wasilewski – piano
Sławomir Kurkiewicz – bass
Michał Miśkiewicz – drums
Polish jazz stars, Marcin Wasilewski Trio is one of the most prominent jazz ensembles of its generation, critically-acclaim and loved by audiences all over the world. The band’s 25th anniversary coincided with the 50th anniversary of the famous ECM label, with six albums released for this company (ten in total), three albums in a quartet with Tomasz Stańko (played with him for over twenty years) and several in collaboration with other musicians. As a trio, they collaborated with Charles Lloyd and Nils Petter Molvær, and individually with a long list of world-class jazz musicians (Branford Marsalis, Jan Garbarek, Manu Katché, Al Foster, Arild Andersen, Marcus Miller, John Surman…).
With nine Fryderyk Awards (Polish equivalent of the Grammy, named after Frédéric Chopin), Marcin Wasilewski holds the most of these awards among all Polish jazz artists. He was the Polish Jazz Musician of the Year five times (2005, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2019), and the trio won the award for the best jazz album four times (2005, 2009, 2015, 2019). They also got two Fryderyk participating in the recording of the albums of Tomasz Stańko and Henryk Miśkiewicz, father of the Trio’s drummer Michał’s. Wasilewski has twice been on the DownBeat magazine annual critics – world critics especially point out his musical consciousness, refined sense of sound, as well as a considerable talent for creating drama in compositions.
The titan of the modern tenor saxophone is back in Belgrade! After performing with his Nonet (2009), Sound Prints Quintet (with Dave Douglas, 2012), as well as in the Enrico Rava Quintet (2018), guesting with Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Joe Lovano became a record holder in the number of performances among international acts since the renewal of the Belgrade Jazz Festival. In the event’s entire history, only Dizzy Gillespie now leads with five participations from 1971 to 1990. Lovano is one of the largest collectors of prestigious awards in the jazz community, with top twenty spots on DownBeat magazine’s lists (best musician, saxophonist and album – he has won the triple crown several times), several annual Jazz Journalists Association awards, one Grammy and fourteen more nominations for the world’s most significant music industry award. He is espected equally by critics and audiences as an artist who interprets tradition and avant-garde with the same dedication, explores the connections between jazz and popular music and Neapolitan songs. He holds an honorary doctorate from Berklee College in Boston, with a long-lasting career as a lecturer in the Jazz Performance department. He recorded about thirty albums as a leader or co-leader, mostly releasing them for the Blue Note label. With the new line-up, Trio Tapestry he debuted two years ago as a leader for the ECM label.