Janusz Witko Quartet
Janusz Witko's Quartet is a formation that has been present on the Polish musical stage for several years. Its saxophonist and clarinettist Janusz Witko was born in 1962. He completed a primary music school in Stalowa Wola and continued his education in Kraków, where he discovered jazz music, which became his life passion.
As a student at a secondary school he started playing in a traditional jazz band called Beale Street Band, which was awarded the Gold Washboard. He played in the band for 10 years, giving concerts in many European countries. He recorded two albums and the OST to Vabank II.
His cooperation with Beale Street Band gave him the opportunity to master the basics of jazz music. That was when he became interested in swing. As a result, he moved to a swing formation called Swing Orchestra Kraków and at the same time he performed with a band from Wrocław, called Sami Swoi. Currently, he features in many bands and does not confine himself to jazz. You can also find him in theatres and cabarets, which confirms his universality. Eager to pass on his experience, he also gives lessons to young learners.
As a developing musician he reached a point where he decided that only in his own band could he fully convey his message. This resulted in the formation of Janusz Witko's Quartet. The quartet's essential characteristic is a rotation of musicians. The leader invites artists depending on the repertoire. This allows him to give his concerts a creative character and to avoid being stuck in a rut. The band's repertoire includes all variations of jazz, from traditional jazz through swing and bebop to contemporary jazz.
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