The First Festival of the Sweater Bands
Magdalena Grzebałkowska [+]
Journalist and Author
An account of the legendary First National Polish Jazz Festival in Sopot in 1956, inspired largely by jazz impresario, Leopold Tyrmand, who has taken advantage of the political ‘thaw’ in communist Poland to persuade the authorities that jazz is an asset to the nation. Komeda’s Sextet is an overnight success.