The band fuses American Jazz with Polish soul to build cultural bridges using Jazz. The band will debut their new album “In Our Own Way” at the 2019 Kenya International Jazz Day celebrations. Sylwester Ostrowski, the band leader is also the Director of Szczecin Jazz. Szczecin, Poland is a member of Jazz Sister Cities.
Ostrowski refers to the album 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. Special guest vocalist Deborah Brown is from Kansas City and resided for many years in Amsterdam. Pop-Jazz singer icon Dorota Miskiewicz rounds out the Polish contingent. Dorrey Lin Lyles is an American gospel singer with roots in Atlantic City, Harlem, and Philadelphia. And honored guest pianist Darius Brubeck grew up in California, for many years lived in South Africa, and currently resides in London.