We are very sad to read the report the death of MAREK GRELIAK, founder of Jazz Cafe Posk. Posk has become a vital weekend hub in London’s jazz scene. Marek deserves our thanks for his unique contribution to our scene, and for making Posk into such a welcoming venue. He showed us Londoners the virtues of letting this music build vital, vibrant communities, bringing virtues we have been at risk of forgetting, in the selfish rush that London can often become. The following tribute is freely adapted from what appears on the club’s Facebook page in two languages (we have taken an amalgam of the English version and the more personal Polish version) :
“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 23rd September at 11 40am. It is fair to call the club his baby. The creation of the club was his idea, and it was he who put in all the effort to make it work and make it viable, and gave the place his wholehearted attention from the moment it was established onwards.
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 music and chatting to friends.
He leaves a void in the hearts of not only the immediate family but also in all of our hearts, because we were all part of his family. We will miss his passion, peace, devotion, strength, and humility.but above all we will miss us Mark- our friend.
We share the grief of his beloved wife Teresa as well as their children.We give thanks for what he did for us, and for all the wonderful music.”
LINKS: Report of the club’s second birthday with Jarek Smietana in 2009
“Poles Together” from 2009
Anita Wardell’s Songsuite from 2013
Interview: Agata Kubiak from 2014
SandyBrownJazz has a good history of the club