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Grazyna Auguscik


Singer, composer, arranger, and producer Grazyna Auguscik has won the praise and admiration of music critics, jazz enthusiasts and even non-jazz audiences with a singular voice that speaks a universal language. She is one of the most intriguing contemporary vocalists on today's World jazz scene. Her elusive style challenges traditional definitions of jazz and show vocalist and musician without boundaries. Her unorthodox approach to rewriting classic works is at once a tribute to its authors as well as an adventure into uncharted territory. Her originals give a fresh taste of uncanny flavor. Her professional music career She began in Europe, completed her studies in 1992 at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has since recorded more than 21 albums become a prolific collaborator shearing the stage with jazz celebrities such as Toots Thielemans , Jim Hall, Michael and Randy Brecker, Bobby Enriquez, John Medeski, Paul Wertico, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Robert Irving III, Michal Urbaniak, Terry Callier, Patricia Barber, Andrzej Jagodzinski, Jarek Bester and many others.

Her international carrier is truly impressive. Every of her albums has quickly become a favorite of fans and music critics. Her new body of work is always highly anticipated in music world.

In 2011 she received the Outstanding Pole Aboard award from the Teraz Polska foundation, and the annual award of the Polish Ministry of Culture.

In 2016 she established “Sound and Notes” non profit Foundation and brought to Chicago  in 2017 “Chopin IN the City” an 8 day arts festival .
”She’s a music machine.” -  “Jazz Times”
“Auguscik and her ensemble sound like nothing else … they are out of this world”
                - Howard Reich, “Chicago Tribune”
 ”... She conjures otherworldly images of Yma Sumac sweating to an Esquivel beat …”
                       -  C. Loudon “Jazz Times”

In 2017 she received Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis awarded by Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland

In 2018 she received award from National Polish TV “ Polonia “Artist without boarders”

” ... a strikingly original vocal style ... hauntingly beautiful ...” - Bill Milkowski “JAZZIZ”

"... coolly sensuous voice,... infectious music..." - Neil Tesser Playboy jazz critic /Top of Critics' Choices  
  1. AUGUSCIK from her album, THE LIGHT. I want you to process and synthesize a whole new world jazz fusion from a ‘ Peter Gabriel’ bossa nova perspective - a new interesting direction for this very progressive artist . We played Roberta Flack’s “Until It’s Time For You To Go,” Auguscik’s version is ingenious , worldly, out reaching our perspective of how a jazz singer should sound...  Grazyna Auguscik is setting a new standard for modern jazz singing,
               - Dick Crockett / STILL ANOTHER JAZZ SHOW / “The Voice” 88.7 fm / Sacramento, Ca

” ... stunning use of her lithe, mobile voice ... She is doing important work in advancing the potential for imaginative jazz singing... result is a singer to be watched.”

- Don Heckman, “L.A. Times”

Watch Past Performances

Video 1/6/2019: Grazyna Auguscik

Singer, composer, arranger, and producer Grazyna Auguscik is one of the most intriguing contemporary vocalists on today’s world jazz scene.

Grazyna Auguscik Group:
Grazyna Auguscik-voice
Jon Deitemyer-drums
John Kregor-guitar
Ben Lewis-piano
Matt Ulery-bass

Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Poland, Washington D.C. and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

Grazyna Auguscik