Freddie Hendrix - trumpet (USA) 
Sylwester Ostrowski - tenor saxophones (PL) 
Miki Hayama - piano (JPN) 
Corcoran Holt - upright bass (USA) 
Eric Allen - drum set (USA)

Sylwester Ostrowski & The Jazz Brigade ft. Freedie Hendrix 

These days, jazz is international in scope. Musicians from everywhere are creating music that makes jazz a synthesis of cultures from all over the planet. Poland, in particular, has seen a flowering of jazz ever since Dave Brubeck toured the country in 1958 at the height of the Cold War and became one of the first American “jazz ambassadors.” When he played “Thank You,” a tribute to Frederick Chopin, audiences erupted in joy, and jazz became the symbol of international cooperation.

Now, sixty years later, in this album, Polish saxophonist Sylwester Ostrowski has brought together his international Brigade, a quintet of musicians from Poland, Japan, Africa, and the U.S., to celebrate 100 years of Polish independence and to honor the iconic Brubeck Quartet and the fusion of American and Polish jazz that it brought about. The result is a swinging set of tracks that embody hard bop, cool jazz, American, Polish and Japanese songs, and classical music that all come together beautifully as song and story.

Ostrowski refers to The Jazz Brigade as a “multicultural artistic dialogue,” and indeed the personnel hail from all over the world. Ostrowski is from Poland and drummer Eric Allen is originally from Washington D.C. USA but currently resides in Poland. Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix hangs out in New Jersey. Pianist Miki Hayama, originally from Japan, is based in New York. Bassist Essiet Okon Essiet, also New York-based, is a native Nigerian. It is truly an assemblage of musicians representing diverse American East and West Coast, European, British, African, and Japanese influences. The resulting music has many roots. It makes a strong statement, and it provides great listening.

From Liner Notes for In Our Own Way ; Jazz Brigade, 2018

-Over the past two decades, Freddie Hendrix has become one of the most in demand trumpeters in Jazz, and beyond. Also an accomplished composer, arranger and educator, the Teaneck, New Jersey native's skill and versatility has resulted in him working with a wide array of performers that range from the Count Basie Orchestra and The Christian McBride Big Band, to Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys.

A product of the esteemed Jazz program at William Paterson University, with a Masters in Jazz Studies and Performance from New Jersey City University, Hendrix also shares his knowledge and passion for the music by serving as a faculty member at the Hartt School of Music at The University of Hartford (Ct.), The New School in New York, and Jazz House Kids, in Montclair, New Jersey. Whether leading his own groups, or lending his talents as a lead or section player in much larger ensembles, Freddie Hendrix continues to flourish as one of the most exciting trumpet voices on the music scene.

-Corcoran Holt, a son of Washington, DC, began playing djembe and other West African percussion at the age of 4 as a member of Wose Dance Company under the tutelage of Baba Aidoo Holmes & Mahiri Edwards.

-Pianist Miki Hayama was born in  Kyoto, Japan. She began to play piano and Wadaiko (Japanese drums) when she was 6 years old. During her junior high school year, she was first introduced to Jazz because of her father's Jazz collections and became interested in jazz. She has toured and shared the stage with Kenny Garrett, Ralph Peterson, Sean Jones, Tia Fuller, Michael Dease Big Band, Vincent Herring, Bruce Williams, Roy Hargrove, JD Allen, Greg Osby, Cindy Blackman-Santana, Nnenna Freelon, and even the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin to name a few.

-Eric Allen - comes from Washington, currently lives in Poland. Eric has been playing jazz music for 30 years. Eric's style has been influenced by such musicians as: Art Blakey, Max Roach, Buddy Rich, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, "Papa" Jo Jones, "Philly" Jo Jones, and Jimmy Cobb. He studied jazz performance and music theory at Lee Oddis Bass III at Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. with the trumpeter Wallace Roney and bassist Clarence Seay. When he played at the local club Blues Alley in Washington, he got discovered by the jazzman Illinois Jacquet. He moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music. When he lived in Boston, he joined the Illinois Jacquet Quintet with the great bass innovator Slam Stewart to give a performance at the famous New York Village Vanguard. Illinois Jacquet introduced him to a pioneer of hi-hat, the master of drums "Papa" Jo Jones. Thanks to another recommendation of Illinois Jacquet, Eric played with the great jazzman Lionel Hampton.


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