Returning to Sarajevo after 60 years

Famous Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko is coming to this year’s Jazz Fest for a first performance in Sarajevo after 60 years.

The great trumpeter, composer, bandleader and improviser had his first public appearance as a 13 year old boy in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital. It was after becoming a scout that he started playing the trumpet, having shortly after his first performance for an international audience as a member of a Polish orchestra in 1955 in Sarajevo at a scout meeting, where young people from various countries were gathered.

Less then three years later he attended his first jazz concert, a Dave Brubeck performance, and landed his first engagement as a trumpeter in a quintet of Polish pianist Krzysztof Komeda, with whom he recorded eleven studio albums. He founded a quintet of his own in 1968 and has been at the top of international music scene since then, as one of most important European trumpeters of all times.

He recorded 37 albums as band leader, his work has earned him numerous accolades among which one particularly worth mentioning, the anthology of world jazz put together by noted American educational institution The Smithsonian, where one of his compositions is included in a 6 CD box set.

Tomasz Stanko, one of the most influential living trumpeters is coming to Sarajevo with his band, Finish pianist Alexi Tuomarila, American bassist Eric Revis and his fellow national, drummer Gerald Cleaver, to perform at 19th Jazz Fest on 06 November at 22.00 at the Bosnian Cultural Center, where at 20.00 Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen will be performing with Austrian guitarist Christian Fennesz in a duet.

Both concerts can be attended with one (double bill) ticket that can be bought or reserved here.

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