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13 Aug 21:30:23:30

20PLN - 25PLN

Mike Parker – double bass
Sławek Pezda – sax
Frank Parker– drums

*tickets: 25/30 zł

fot. Kasia Kukiełka


‘For an all-acoustic jazz unit this band transmits an electrifying presence… Parker and associates produce music that is meaningful and inspiring’ – All About Jazz

‘An ingenious synthesis of all musical genres; a seemingly impossible combination of Charlie Parker with Michael Jackson’s groove, sauced up with a defiance worthy of John Zorn… It is all that jazz should be: original, fresh, unpredictable, symbiotic in group improvisation, and all that with a sense of humor.’  – JazzPRESS

New York bassist and composer Mike Parker is joined by 2-time Grammy nominee Frank Parker (Kurt Elling Quartet) on drums and Krakow, Poland’s fiery tenor saxophonist Slawek Pezda.  Together, they take the jazz trio format and inject it with the raw energy of Rock, the sensitivity of Classical, the textural palette of the Avant-Garde, and the rhythmic and harmonic diversity of Modern Jazz.

The trio began in November ’14 by completing a marathon tour of 27 concerts in 27 nights.  Since then, they have played over 200 concerts across 12 countries from the Baltics to the Balkans including Krokus Jazz Festival (PL), Jazz Festival Praha, Jazz Goes To Town(CZ), MediaWave Festival (HU), Jazzire Festival (RS), Targu Mures International Jazz Festival (RO), Mailaul Festival (EE), and many more. In April ’16 they released Parker’s third album ‘Alive Out There’, recorded live on their Fall ’15 tour.  Their Fall ’17 tour will take them to The Netherlands and Germany for the first time to perform at the Mondrian Jazz Festival in The Hague, NL.


A native of New York, Mike began his professional career at the age of 17 playing funk and rock gigs in New York City clubs.  Now at the age of 29, he has toured all over Europe and America with both jazz and rock groups, won several international contests and awards, studied with and played with some of the greatest musicians alive, and recorded 3 albums of his own compositions. Mike attended Skidmore College where he studied Evolutionary Psychology and Music and spent a semester abroad studying Jazz Bass at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. After graduating with highest honors, he traveled extensively around Europe before settling in Krakow, Poland. Since then, Mike has had many fruitful collaborations there including recording his second album of original material (‘Embrace the Wild’). When not playing in jazz clubs in Krakow, he can be found touring around Europe with his ‘Trio Theory’ project or the New York-based rock/funk ‘Nat Osborn Band’.


Mike Parker’s saxophonist of choice, Pezda has been playing with Parker for over 5 years as a member of the ‘Trio Theory’, ‘Unified Theory’, and now ‘Meta’ projects.  Born in Kolbuszowa, Poland, Slawek Pezda received his Master’s Degree from the Krakow Academy of Music in the Jazz and Modern Music Department. After 10 years of playing the alto saxophone, Pezda decided to make the switch to tenor, drawing inspiration from such saxophonists as Mats Gustafsson, Evan Parker, John Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders, and Albert Ayler. In concert, he has earned a reputation for his long, intense, often cacophonous solos.

Pezda is the winner of the 2014 Art of Improvisation Competition, the 12th Baszta Jazz Festival Competition, 2010 Azoty Tarnow International Jazz Competition (with Pezda/Gaweda duo and as a soloist), 2011 Jazz Juniors International Jazz Competition (with PeGaPoFo), and the 38th ‘Key To Career’ Competition (with PeGaPoFo).  He can also be heard playing with PeGaPoFo, Pezda/Gaweda Duo, Silberman New Sextet, and his own trio ‘The Flash!’.


Frank Parker has had a distinguished career as a jazz musician for over 20 years. He has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards and can be heard on dozens of albums. A member of the Kurt Elling Quartet for 5 years, Frank has performed extensively throughout the USA, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has played on some of the jazz world’s biggest stages (at the North Sea, JVC, and Monterey Jazz Festivals among many others) with such notable artists as Freddie Hubbard, Chris Potter, Randy Brecker, Benny Carter, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Nicholas Payton, and many others.

Born and raised just outside Chicago, Frank began playing drums and piano when he was only 5 years old. He was awarded a scholarship to Western Illinois University where he graduated in 1995 with a degree in Music Business. He then returned the Chicago area and began performing full-time. In 1999 Frank joined the Kurt Elling Quartet, who he toured the world with and recorded the Grammy-nominated album ‘Man In the Air’ for Blue Note.

Frank now resides in both the USA and Europe and currently performs with Michal Urbaniak, Marcin Pospieszalski, Piotr Baron, Maciej Fortuna, and other top artists in the region in addition to Mike Parker’s Trio Theory and his own ensembles The Frank Parker Trio/Quartet.


13 Aug
20PLN - 25PLN