Ukrainian musicians at Szczecin Jazz Festival

About the project:

Honouring the old adage that ‘the show must go on’, Polish saxophonist and promoter Sylwester Ostrowski joined forces with his longtime friend and artistic director Anna Russkevych. 

It is more important than ever to stand with Ukraine and let the Ukrainian voice be heard. For this occasion, Ostrowski and Russkevych not only presented some of the acts they once brought to Dnipro, including Ostrowski’s own Jazz Brigade and star trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, but took it a step further as they set out to include Ukrainian saxophonist Kyrylo Revkov, pianist Olga Danchenko and vocalist Anastasiya Medina.   

The Ukrainian festival Jazz on the Dnipro usually takes place in late July or early August. Having been forced to postpone this year’s edition in the light of current events, Ostrowski, who has been a regular performer and attendee in Dnipro, Ukraine for years, decided to bring the festival to Poland instead. Through a strong presentation of Polish, Ukrainian and American talent, Wazka Restaurant Terrace and its beautiful forest-surrounded veranda in Lake Park Lagów is the perfect decor to pay tribute to Ukrainian jazz creativity. 

The event was broadcasted via the biggest streaming platform

Ukrainian Institute become the streaming and communication partner of the event.  

Jazz Brigade:

  • Freddie Hendrix / trumpet 
  • Sylwester Ostrowski / tenor / saxophone
  • Miki Hayama / piano
  • Jakub “Mizer” Mizeracki / guitar
  • Essiet Okon Essiet / bass
  • Owen Hart Jr. / drums 

Special guests:

Dorrey Lin Lyles vocals & Jazz on the Dnipro artists Olha Danchenko, Anastasya Medina,  Kyrylo Revkov