New Collaboration With the Szczecin Jazz Festival

For Immediate Release 

March 5, 2018

Marissa Baum

The American Jazz Museum launches a new collaboration with the Szczecin Jazz Festival

The American Jazz Museum is launching a major collaboration with the Szczecin Jazz 2018 Festival in Szczecin, Poland. This partnership includes bringing local Kansas City jazz musicians to play in the festival, which takes place February 26-April 9, 2018. Bobby Watson, Hermon Mehari, Mike Warren, and Deborah Brown, will be playing in the concert “From Kansas City with Love” on March 5th.  These artists will also be performing in other jazz clubs across Poland and Germany throughout the week.

The Szczecin Jazz Festival is an international music festival in its third year. This year’s festival theme is “America: Tradition and Modernity” which centers around tradition in jazz and the most recent trends in the genre. Other artists performing in the festival include American saxophonist Vincent Herring, Italian-Canadian singer Gino Vannelli, and Wallace Roney, who Miles Davis deemed as his successor. In addition to musical performances, Szczecin Jazz Festival programming includes socially engaging events such as “Jazz Comes to You,” which promotes the idea that jazz is meant for everyone and can be enjoyed everywhere.

The collaboration between the American Jazz Museum and the Szczecin Jazz Festival is part of a new museum initiative to represent Kansas City jazz at international jazz festivals. The goal of this Kansas City Jazz Music International Exchange Initiative is to expand the reach of Kansas City jazz and provide local artists the opportunity to showcase their art to an international audience. The Szczecin Jazz Festival is the first international festival the American Jazz Museum is collaborating with as part of this new initiative.

Projects like this are opportunities for the Museum to tell the Kansas City jazz story across cultures using jazz as a way to connect and collaborate. The jazz genre has long been an international symbol for American values and democracy, starting in the 1930s during World War II. By having an American, and more specifically a Kansas City, presence at international jazz festivals, the Museum hopes to continue to promote these core values as a part of jazz’s legacy as America’s art form.