National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Jim Kozel likes to play polkas "Nice and Easy." He wrote a polka and recorded an
album with that title. In the mid-1940s, he performed with Chuck Smith's band, and
was heard on a weekly radio program. He traveled with Frankie Yankovic's band, while
attending college. With Georgie Cook's band, Jim recorded on Decca records, including
some of his tunes, the Keystone Polka and the Five Points Polka.
An architect by profession, Jim helped to design the Polka Hall of Fame. He served
as the music director of the Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show for 11 years. Jim is
a founding trustee of the American Slovenian Polka Foundation, serving 15 years.