One of the most renowned jazz festivals in Poland, Warsaw Summer Jazz Days, is held every July at various interesting venues, such as Klub Stodoła or the Congress Hall of the Palace of Culture & Science. The festival was launched in 1992 by Mariusz Adamiak, the founder of Jazz Radio, Jazz á go-go magazine, and other initiatives. The event is focused on contemporary jazz and avant-garde. It attracted the biggest audience of 15,000 during its outdoor edition in 2002.
Warsaw Summer Jazz Day draws musicians from all around Central Europe and across the ocean. The festival has hosted such jazz legends as Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Kenny Wheeler, Ralph Towner, Garry Peacock, John Zorn, Pat Metheny, Joe Zawinul, Marcus Miller, Pharoah Sanders, Vernon Reid, Steps Ahead, Joe Pass, Steve Coleman, Modern Jazz Quartet, Al Jarreau, Herbie Hancock, Bela Fleck, Dave Holland, Candy Dulfer, Gil Evans Orchestra, Joshua Redman, Bill Laswell, James Carter, Michael Brecker, Bobby McFerrin, James Blood Ulmer, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, and Maria Schneider.
The showcase of the greatest stars of contemporary jazz and a presentation of the latest trends and genres, Warsaw Summer Jazz Day has featured over 300 concerts throughout its history. All concerts of the four-day festival start at 7 pm.