Join us for a concert of an outstanding musician and a book evening afterwards.
Adam Makowicz is a world known Polish pianist and composer. He made a strong impression when he first came to the U.S. and at the time, he was often compared to Art Tatum. Although his technique is nearly on Tatum's level, Makowicz has long had his own style, mixing together different aspects of jazz, ranging from swing to hard bop. He started playing jazz in the late '50s and with Tomasz Stanko formed one of the first European free jazz groups, the Jazz Darings. He led his own groups in Warsaw from 1965 on and in 1970 played electric piano in Michal Urbaniak's band. Makowicz also worked with Urszula Dudziak and recorded several albums in Poland before coming to the United States in 1977. Although the initial publicity (when he was championed by John Hammond) has long since died down, Makowicz has, if anything, continued to improve as a pianist. He has recorded many records as a leader for such labels as Columbia, Stash, Choice, Sheffield Lab, Novus, and Concord.After the recital, we will present Makowicz's biography "Grac Pierwszy Fortepian". The book will be discussed by Krzysztof Medyna, a Polish jazzman, residing in USA. Books will be available for sale.
This event is prepared in collaboration with EK Polish Bookstore.