There are only few groups in Europe
which, independently of the tastes of their audiences and the popularity
of their music, have so long time maintained their direction of style.
The Jazz Band Ball Orchestra from Krakow, Poland, one of the most well
known European jazz formation, have taken this course.
In 1962 at the Music Academy of Krakow, a group of jazz-minded students
got together and founded the Band. Since its foundation the JBBO has
followed its course of success.
The Band has been fully professional since 1972 and has played in almost
every European country. From 1979 the group has played regularly at the
greatest traditional jazz spectacle in the world, the Jazz Jubilee in
Sacramento, USA. Owing to its great success, the Group has been invited
several times to Vancouver and Victoria in Canada and has played in
Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. In 1983 in Sacramento was founded
the JBBO Fan Club.
In recent years the Band played at huge numbers of festivals, among
others, again in Sacramento, Den Haag and Eindhoven (Holland), Marsiac and
Luneray (France), Haugesund (Norway), Lichtensteig, Zurich, Luzern, Biel
and Ascona (Switzerland) and had performed at many special events with
Bill Ramsey, Silvia Droste and Jane Harrington.
Their repertoire is very widely faced : music of L. Armstrong is the
foundation of JBBO's musical machinery. Satchmo's tradition, LuNceford-Goodman-Ellington's
type of swing, the pitch of boogie, elements of be-bop, echoes of the rhythm
'n' blues, Latin fury all that well mixed up with edition of show and
creative parody - this is the shortest definition of JBBO's music which,
in its fourth decade is applauded by fans from West and East.
Jan Kudyk - tp., vocal
Marek Michalak - tb.
Jacek Mazur - ts., cl.
Wojtek Groborz - p.
Teofil Lisiecki - b.
Wiesław Jamioł - dr.