String Connection

Krzesimir Dębski – violin
Andrzej Olejniczak – tenor and soprano saxophone
Janusz Skowron – keyboard instruments
Krzysztof Ścierański – bass guitar
Krzysztof Przybyłowicz – drums

String Connection is the most important Polish jazz band of the ’80s. The group has become a living legend, and has gone down in history as one of the most interesting combos of the „young power” period. The group enjoyed great popularity comparable with the one of Polish rock stars. They were also our music „export product”.

The group was formed in 1981 by three former musicians of a group Warsztat – violinist Krzesimir Dębski, drummer Krzysztof Przybyłowicz and bass guitarist – Zbigniew Wrombel – who invited a pianist Janusz Skowron to work with them. About a year later the most well-known line-up of the band was formed, claiming to be the supergroup: K. Dębski, J. Skowron, K. Przybyłowicz, a sax player Andrzej Olejniczak (former Extra Ball and Sun Ship), and a bass player Krzysztof Ścierański (former Laboratorium and Air Condition). The changes of the line-up that came later on (e.g. Andrzej Jagodziński – pianist, or Zbigniew Lewandowski – drummer who played with the group) never jeopardised the strong position of the band, which regularly toured all important jazz festivals in Poland (Jazz Jamboree, Jazz nad Odrą Festival) and abroad (Norymberg, West Berlin, Leverkusen, Hamburg, Paris, Getxo, Brussels, the Hague, Konsberg, Helsinki, Prague, Bratyslava, Le Mans, Debreczyn). They played concerts in the USA and Canada, as well as two big tours in the Soviet Union. They recorded nine albums, two of them in the West. The „Jazz Forum” magazine voted them the best group of the year twice, in 1983 and 1984.

Although the band stopped performing at the end of the 1980s, every few years they got reactivated, usually in the complete line-up, and played concerts. In 2012 they released an album with new works. Except for Dębski’s compositions there were also pieces by Olejniczak (El Juguete) and Ścierański (Obsession).