Saturday 19 March 2022  

bar: 7:30pm / music 8:30 pm

Tickets: £12 on the door or Eventbrite

Growing up in a small mountain village in Switzerland, Gisela first got to know the world of music through classical piano lessons. Over the years, she started to explore the improvised music and attended lessons from A. Herrmann, E. Bächlin, Ch. Wiesendanger and M. Scarton; Gisela also attended sessions in percussion and saxophone to extend her knowledge and get a better understanding of the other voices within a jazz band.

Gisela Horat founded her trio of the same name in 2009. After a few changes in the line-up, drummer Samuel Büttiker and bassist Simon Iten are currently playing with Gisela. The titles had been composed and developed by Gisela and explore the unknown space between composed and improvised music. Nonetheless, what you hear also includes the experiences of Samuel and Simon.

The trio tells stories as life has written them in all its different forms and variations, create moods and tension and leave the audience a room for their own pictures. In addition to the influences of Eric Satie, Bill Evans, Enrico Pieranunzi, Esbjörn Svensson, the Necks and Sylvie Courvoisier, the pianist's classical background is also unmistakable. This provides a harmonious setting for the lyrical and picturesque sound and thus also appeals to an audience that usually does not find access to jazz. The groovy, jazz-like sound describes wonderful stories of moments in life, dreams, feelings, and fortune.

“What the Gisela Horat Trio released (…) under the self-explanatory title "2020" is not exactly light fare. Once again, the Swiss pianist, together with bassist Simon Iten and drummer Samuel Büttiker, confronts the listener with unwieldy sounds that - all in all - evoke a feeling of discomfort rather than well-being. Nevertheless, one should indulge in this unusual sound experience - listening habits change over the years, and what used to be summarised under the term "free jazz" now frightens very few people. In fact, the trio moves in a very free space here. But they know how to handle the playful freedom responsibly (…) You can hardly review a bad year in a more impressive way”. Piano News 5/2021

"With her highly individual approach to give even the softest tones in the piano spectrum enough room to unfold, Gisela Horat has to be considered one of the most interesting pianists in contemporary jazz". Jazz-Portrait by Tom Fuchs, Piano News 5/2020

Line up:

Gisela Horat – piano

Simon Iten – double bass

Samuel Büttiker – drums

Mark Greliak

Friends…it is with great sadness and regret that we inform you that Mark Greliak, our dear friend and founder of the Polish Jazz Café in POSK passed away today 23 September 2015. He battled resolutely over the last few years to overcome his illness and during this difficult time continued to help with the running of the club and was often seen most Fridays and Saturdays enjoying the wonderful music and chatting to friends. He was a warm, lovely and friendly person who will be greatly missed and our deepest heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to his family at this very sad time.


Z głębokim smutkiem i żalem powiadamiany wszystkich przyjaciół i bywalców Jazz Cafe, iż dzisiaj tj 23 września 2015 roku o godz 11.40 odszedł od nas nasz druh, przyjaciel i powiernik, ale przede wszystkim koneser muzyki Marek Greliak.

Śmiało możemy nazwać nasz klub jego dzieckiem , gdyż to właśnie w jego głowie zrodził się pomysł powstania Jazz Cafe POSK a następnie dołożył wszelkich starań aby go zrealizować.

Związany był z tym miejscem całym sercem od momentu jego założenia

a od dłuższego czasu pomimo zmagań z ciężką chorobą wciąż wskrzeszał resztki sił aby do końca uczestniczyć w jego działalności.

Zostawił pustkę nie tylko w sercach najbliższej rodziny ale i we wszystkich naszych sercach,gdyż wszyscy po części byliśmy jego rodziną.

Bedzie brakować nam jego pasji,spokoju,oddania,siły i pokory,

ale przede wszystkim bedzie brakować nam Marka- przyjaciela.

Łączymy się w żalu z jego ukochaną żoną Teresą a takze synami i to na ich ręce składamy podziękowania za to co zrobił dla nas i dla wszystkich którym muzyka nie jest obojętna...



Friends…we will be paying our final respects to our dear friend Marek Greliak next Wednesday 7th October 2015. The funeral mass will be held at 11.00am at The Roman Catholic Polish Parish Church of Our Lady Mother of the Church, 2 Windsor Road, Ealing, London W5 5PD. After Holy Mass we will make our way to Gunnersbury Cemetery at approximately 12.30. Afterwards Marek’s wife Teresa and his sons would like to invite everyone to the Lowiczanka Restaurant in POSK 238 – 246 King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 0RF for a friendly gathering with light refreshment and to share our memories of Marek.

In lieu of flowers please support Cancer Research

Teresa would like to thank everyone for their support, blessings and prayers at this very time.

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Jazz Café POSK is 8 years old!

In March 2015 the Polish Jazz Café POSK will be celebrating its 8th anniversary! Established in March 2007 in the basement of the Polish Social and Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, the Jazz Café quickly became a popular spot on London’s musical map, attracting both a Polish and international audience. London is regarded as a capital of European jazz and jazz music forms an important part of the vibrant and cosmpolitan cultural life in the capital.

Poles are proud that alongside well known and established jazz clubs such as Ronnie Scott, Vortex and 606 club, they have a venue for Polish Jazz which is growing in popularity and gaining a great reputation among both jazz artists and the public. Today in the club you can hear many foreign languages and watch leading jazz artists from Poland, Europe and further afield.

To celebrate the 8th anniversary of the club on Saturday 28th of March a special concert will be presented on stage at the Jazz Café featuring a leading saxophonist from Poland - Dariusz Herbasz. He will be accompanied by London musicians led by another sax virtuoso Kelvin Christianne and an all star rhythm section including Richard Busiakiewicz on piano, Alek Dankworth on double bass, Noel Joyce on drums and a rare guest appearance by vocalist Lesley Christiane.

This will be a great night of superb Jazz!

Denmark Street Big Band Feb 2015

The Jazz UK’s Tony Stone reviewed our Valentine’s Day Special in his ‘Gig Of The Week’ and rated it 5 stars! Check out the full review at

Our thanks to singer Peter Savizon for a brilliant Nat King Cole set...on top form as ever! And surprise guest…Bobby Davro who sang a few favourite Sinatra hits and had us all in fits of laughter through-out the evening. The band played a fantastic rendition of Sing Sing Sing which shook the very foundations of POSK! The charismatic Glenn Macnamara put in an appearance at the end and Glenn will be back with the boys on May 9th for our special Sinatra centenary concert. Thank you everyone for a truly brilliant and memorable evening!