Adam Makowicz

  • Adam Makowicz
  • Instruments: Piano

  • Biography:

    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