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Grazyna Auguscik and Andrzej Jagodzinski, Joe’s Pub, New York

This program of jazzy extrapolations on Frederick Chopin’s music brought together two potent musical forces and kindred spirits in Chicago-based jazz singer Grazyna Auguscik and Poland’s acclaimed jazz pianist Andrzej Jagodzinski.

The Polish-born Auguscik, a marvelous vocalist, adventurous improviser and world-class scat singer, follows in the free-spirited footsteps of her fellow countrywoman, Urszula Dudziak. A 1992 graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, she has made her home in Chicago since 1994, performing regularly at the Green Mill while also making appearances at the annual Chicago Jazz Festival each summer. With 10 albums to her credit, including six under her own record label, GMA Records, she is a perennial nominee in the annual Chicago Music Awards and has been named Best Jazz Vocalist three years in a row (2002, 2003 and 2004) by Poland’s Jazz Forum magazine.

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