Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra is one of the hottest young european bigbands, led by Ed Partyka, the doyen of the bigband scene at the continent.
Ed Partyka is a bass trombonist/tubist, composer/arranger and conductor. Originally from Chicago Illinois, he completed a Masters Degree in jazz trombone performance at the Conservatory of Music in Cologne.
He was 1st prize-winner of the 1998 “NDR Musikpreis” (Hamburg), 1st prize winner of the Jazz Composers Alliance 1998 Julius Hemphill Composition Awards (Boston) and finalist in the 1996 HR Emerging Composers Competition (Frankfurt).
Ed has toured and recorded with the Bob Brookmeyer New Art Orchestra, Vienna Art Orchestra, Carla Bley, WDR Big Band, NDR Big Band, Mnozil Brass, Gansch & Roses and the Roman Schwaller Nonet.
The current incarnation of the Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra was formed in Berlin in 2007 and is made up of a mix of distinctive musical personalities, from veterans of the European big band establishment to newcomers from the young and hip Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna and Prague scenes.
The band is also proudly international, with musicians from The USA, Germany, Austria, Holland, Switzerland and the Czech Republic coming together and each bringing their own individual musical voice into the mix.
Vocalist Julia Oschewsky is featured as a main soloist within the orchestra, performing a mix of original compositions as well as a diverse repertoire made up of jazz and pop classics, all arranged by Ed Partyka specifically for the EPJO.
Ed Partyka is musical director of the Jazz Orchestra Regensburg and is Co-Leader of the Flip Philipp/Ed Partyka Dectet. Ed Partyka has appeared as a guest conductor with the HR Big Band, NDR Big Band, RIAS Big Band, RTV Big Band Slovenia, Summit Jazz Orchestra, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, Generations Festival Big Band, Zürich Jazz Orchestra, Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, Klüvers Big Band, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Sandvika Storband, Milan Svoboda ́s Prague Big Band, Oslo Workshop Big Band and the German National Youth Jazz Orchestra.