Being present on stage since 2009, Jazzpospolita has become one of the most interesting phenomena in alternative music. So far, they have released three albums and played about 150 gigs all around Europe. With the band’s line-up unchanged from the beginning – guitar, bass, keys, drums – they have established their own and distinguishable sound. The strength of Jazzpo, as called by fans, lies in the unique compositions that place the band on the edge of jazz, post-rock, and electronic music. Combination of jazz harmonies, overdriven guitars, and electronic sounds enabled the band to attract a widely varied audience as well as to perform at jazz clubs and major popular festivals.
The band was founded in 2008 by Wojtek Oleksiak (drums) and Stefan Nowakowski (bass). At that time, they decided to move on from jamming and clubbing and start a regular band. Michał Załęski (piano, keys) and Michał Przerwa-Tetmajer (guitar) joined the group in early 2009 – with such line-up, they released their first EP. Enthusiastic reviews and audience’s warm welcome resulted in more than a dozen gigs that guaranteed Jazzpospolita a status of one of the most interesting new bands with no album released.
Soon after the first tour, musicians signed the contract with Ampersand/Isound Labels. The label, being one of the leaders on alternative/nu-jazz/indie niche, is responsible for Polish distribution of artists such as: The Cinematic Orchestra, Jaga Jazzist, Bonobo, Tortoise, or Mogwai. Jazzpospolita’s first album “Almost Splendid” was released in 2010 and proved to be one of the best acclaimed Polish debut albums of last years with its first edition having depleted during the tour. A review in major Polish daily, “Gazeta Wyborcza”, claimed the album to be “Great position for nu-jazz fans and those who search for more ambitious alternative rock.”
The new album by Jazzpospolita entitled “Jazzpo!” is to be released October 2014. The release containing new compositions will be promoted on an upcoming concert tour.