Tomasz Wendt – jazz saxophonist, a student at Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław. He has taken part in various jazz contests and festivals in Poland and abroad, both individually and with his projects (Piasecki/Rak/Wendt Trio, Tomasz Wendt Quartet, Szwec & Wendt Quintet) and has won many prizes; among them is the Audience Award for Szwec & Wendt Quintet at XXXVI Getxo Jazz Competition in Spain in 2012.
Gabriel Niedziela – jazz guitarist, a graduate from the Jazz Department at the Music Academy in Katowice and from 2nd grade State School of Music in Rybnik. He has won many awards, i.a. at 2007 Guitar City competition in Warsaw and 5th International Jazz Improvisation Competition in Katowice in 2010. Since 2011 he has been a guitar lecturer at the University in Zielona Góra. He has cooperated with Maria Schneider, Leszek Możdżer, Michał Urbaniak, Wojciech Karolak, Frank Parker, Jacek Niedziela–Meira, Piotr Baron, Wojciech Niedziela, Łukasz Żyta, Paweł Dobrowolski, Jerzy Małek, Paweł Tomaszewski, Adam Kowalewski, Grzegorz Nagórski, Włodzimierz Nahorny and Bogdan Hołownia.
The band is accompanied by:
Grzegorz Nagórski - the Polish jazz trombonist. He started his music education at the National State Music School in Gdańsk with Magda Zawadzka (1979-1983). In 1987 he finished his studies at the Jazz and Popular Music Department of Katowice's Music Academy with Lothar Dziwoka. After graduation he became a stipendist of the two music academies in USA. In 1990-1991 he studied at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton with J. Hachkrofta. In 1993 he finished the University of Miami - Studio Music and Jazz Department with a Master's degree.
In 1992-1994 Nagórski worked as a lecturer at the University of Miami Jazz Department in Florida and in 1994-1995 he taught at the Florida Atlantic University.
Since 1999 he has been working as a jazz teacher at Frederic Chopin Music School in Warsaw at Bednarska Street. He also works as a senior lecturer at the Jazz Department of Music Academy in Wrocław (when he defended his doctoral thesis in 2005). He also works as a lecturer at the Music Academy in Katowice. Grzegorz Nagórski has collaborated with numerous of Polish and foreign musicians, such as Jan "Ptaszyn" Wróblewski, Heryk Miśkiewicz, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Piotr Wojtasik, Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Tito Puente, Ray Charles, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Red Rodney, Maria Schneider, Donna Summer, Bob Brookmeyer, Ira Sullivan, Charlie Persip and the Jazz Big Band Graz. He has performed at the Jazz Jambore, Molde Jazz Festival in Norwegian, Jazz and Blues Festival in Sweden, the Nokia Jazz Festival in Poznań, the Hollywood Jazz Festival, the Leibnitz Jazz Festival in Austria, the Torino Jazz Festival, the Sunfest Jazz Festival in USA, the Salzburger Jazz Herbst in Austria.
He was chosen the Best Polish Trombonist by the „Jazz Forum" Magazine.
Francesco Angiuli – born in Monopoli (Bari, South of Italy), he began to study music in early age, devoting to oboe and piano, then bass guitar and double bass.
He got a degree in classical bass with top marks (10/10) at the Conservatory "Nino Rota" of Monopoli in 2006 under the guidance of Michael Cellaro. He also attended the bass guitar studies at the University of Music and Percentomusica schools of Rome, where he had the chance to study with Massimo Moriconi, Luca Pirozzi, Gianfranco Gullotto, Marco Siniscalco, Andrea Avena, Michelle Audisso, Massimo Fedeli, etc.
In 2006 he moved to Holland to specialize in Jazz at the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Den Haag (The Hague), where he studied bass with Hein Van de Geyn, Frans van der Hoeven, Roelof Meijer, improvisation with the American saxophonist John Ruocco and the pianist Rob Van Bavel, harmony with the pianist Eric Gieben, and arrangement with Henk Huzinga, graduating in 2009 (9.50/10 cum laude).
In May 2011 he got the title of Master Degree at the Royal Conservatory, presenting a thesis on Jazz teaching. He also had the chance to attend the lessons with: John Patitucci, Dave Liebman, Dave Holland, Barry Harris, Alain Caron, Mike Manieri, Harvie S., Steve La Spina, etc. He features numerous collaborations, mainly in Jazz, but also in the classical and contemporary music. He has won numerous international awards including the 2001 Baronissi Jazz.
Arek Skolik – drummer and jazz composer, born in 1970 in Częstochowa. He has been chosen “the drummer of the year” by “Gitara, Bas i Bębny” magazine and has been awarded by the mayor of Gliwice for his artistic activity and development of music and culture. For many years he has reached top places in rankings of Jazz Forum magazine.
English translation: Magdalena Zaremba