Urszula Dudziak likes Lubuskie Region

Urszula Dudziak was born in Straconka near Bielsko-Biała but she spent her childhood and young years in Lubuskie Region. Urszula Dudziak is an outstanding jazz vocalist and composer. At the beginning she collaborated with a few amateur jazz bands from Zielona Góra where she sang jazz standards. Her debut as a professional singer was in 1958. Then, Urszula Dudziak joined Krzysztof Komeda's band as a soloist. She also cooperated with Edward Czesny's orchestra and from 1964 till the late 1980s with Michał Urbaniak.

 
I was brought up in Zielona Góra, and I spent the most important, very pleasant time of my life here. My personality was shaped here, I passed my high school final exams, speedway came to my life, speedway with which citizens of the region live and breathe. The history of my love for speedway began in the late 1950s... I was a primary school student then, and my dad, Franciszek Dudziak was a speedway referee. He loved this sport I shared his passion. He used to take me to every match at 69 Wrocławska Street, and I was extremely pleased. My dad and I used to go by his Junak motorcycle to matches to other towns, e.g. Gorzów- says Urszula Dudziak about her relations with Lubuskie Region.

 

She also worked with such artists as Krzysztof Komeda, L.U.C, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton and Branford Marsalis or Bobby McFerrin. In 1973, Urszula Dudziak left for New York where she became famous while performing together with M. Urbaniak and, then, as a soloist One Women Show. Her greatest hit is the song 'Papaya' of 1976. Three years later "Los Angeles Times" awarded the name of the Singer of the Year to her. For her artistic achievements she was decorated with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Gloria Artis Distinguished Cultural Service Award and the Honorary Badge for the Contribution to the Development of Lubuskie Province.