Adam Makowicz, Polish-American pianist and composer living in New York area. He performs jazz and
classical piano pieces, as well as his own compositions. Besides playing solo, he has worked with such
musicians among many as Earl Hines, Ben Webster, Phil Woods, Jack DeJohnette, as well as with the
National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC, at the Kennedy Centre, at the Carnegie Hall, the
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and other major orchestras
at concert halls in Americas and in Europe. His technical skills as jazz pianist have been compared to
that of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, and Erroll Garner among others.
He studied classical music at the Chopin Conservatory of Music in Kraków. Overcoming cultural
restrictions under communism, he developed a passion for modern jazz. At the time, political
freedom and improvisation were disapproved of by the pro-Soviet authorities. Nonetheless, he
embarked on a new professional life by switching from the career of a classical pianist to that of a
touring jazz pianist. After years of hardship, Makowicz got a regular gig at a small jazz club in a cellar
of a house in Kraków.
By the mid-1970s, Makowicz established himself as one of the leading pianists in Europe. He was
named the "Best jazz pianist" by the readers of Jazz Forum magazine, and was awarded a gold medal
for his contribution to the arts.
In 1977 Makowicz made a 10-week concert tour of the United States, produced by John Hammond. At
that time he recorded a solo album titled Adam on CBS. In 1978 he settled in New York.
In January 2015, the Polish Consulate in New York hosted the concert "Adam Makowicz & Krystof
Medyna – Jazz Standards". This was followed by another concert by the duo, this time at Central
Connecticut State University, in New Britain, CT.
Krystof Medyna (saxophone) began his musical career at age 5. His mother was a trained classical
pianist and his grandfather a conductor. From 1975-1978, Krystof lived and performed in Scandinavia.
Upon his return to Poland, he created the group Breakwater, with pianist Andrzej Winnicki. At the
1979 "Jazz nad Odra" Jazz Festival in Wroclaw -Poland, Breakwater won the award for Best Group,
and Krystof won the award for best soloist instrumentalist.
Krystof has been living Stateside since 1982. Since then, he has been performing in the New York area
with such musicians as Greg Maker, Fukushi Tainaka, Jeremy Pelt, Rodney Holmes, Nasheet Waits,
Scott Colley, and Drew Gress, among others. In 1993, again with Andrzej Winnicki, Krystof
reestablished Breakwater, this time as a Polish-American group. In 1999, the group recorded its first
album, "In The Bush", under its new name, Electric Breakwater. "In The Bush" features bassist Mark
Egan and drummer Rodney Holmes.
In autumn 2002, Krystof and Andrzej formed a new group, Komeda Project. In 2007, the group took to
the stage to promote their newly released album, "Crazy Girl". The Quintet continued on to perform
at "Trumpet Jazz Club”, "Van Goghs Ear”, "Cornelia Street Cafe”, and the Williamsburg Jazz
Festival. In 2009 they released their second album as Komeda Project, entitled "Requiem”. "This
profoundly lyrical CD can stand in the company of works like Herbie Hancock’s Maiden
Voyage and Kenny Wheeler’s Deer Wan" – Stuart Broomer, All About Jazz NY