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Poland: Era Jazzu - From Osibisa to Oregon

OWB 2005 is thrilled to announce that ERA JAZZU ( is following up last year's triumph with a new concert guaranteed to raise funds while it keeps Poland on the map as one of Europe's most dynamic jazz centers. ERA JAZZU founder, Dioni Piatkowski, has created a permanent concert series and festival--featuring prominent musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Gato Barbieri, Archie Shepp, the Kronos Quarter, and Abbey Lincoln--and for OWB 2004 signed on Afro-jazz/rock greats, Osibisa, and the Chicago-style AACM New Black Jazz Trio. Exploding onto the music scene in 1971, Osibisa ( members have been called "the godfathers of world music", and their unique blend of jazz, African, reggae, rock, and pop has been described as "crisscross rhythms that explode with happiness". The New Black Jazz Trio is linked to the Chicago ethnic jazz scene, called "AACM", and its members are virtuosos of percussion, jazz violin, and saxophone, also playing with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Sun Ra, and Paul Simon.

This year, on March 21 at 8pm at the Teatr ROMA in Warsaw, well-known jazz quarter Oregon will be performing in celebration of their 35th anniversary as a band. Formed in the 1970's, Oregon has released 23 albums, starting with 1972's "Music of Another Present Era" and continuing with the more recent "Live at Yoshi's" (2002) and "Best of the Vanguard Years" (2000). They use a variety of instruments--from the sitar and tabla to the oboe and classical guitar--and have been described as "relentlessly innovative...transcending all musical genres".

The quartet is composed of Paul McCandless (composer, oboe and multiple instruments), who has also played with the Paul Winter Consort, Ralph Towner (guitarist/pianist), Glen Moore (bassist), and Collin Walcott (percussionist). They have performed throughout the world at festivals and in major concert halls, and McCandless has appeared on 150 albums as a solo artist. He began his solo career in 1978 with "All the Mornings Bring". Paul won a Grammy along with Bela Fleck in 1996 for Best Pop Instrumental, and he has been nominated for two more for his most recent work on "Oregon in Moscow". He and his wife also teach music at Full Circle, a residential treatment home for troubled teenage boys in Bolinas, California.

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