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Adam Makowicz - jazz legend, master of improvisation, piano virtuoso. European "Jazz Forum" magazine voted Adam a "Number One Jazz Pianist" six years successively. Decorated with the Officer's Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland and many other important and respected acknowledgments, he has recorded several dozens of albums and performed in the world's best concert venues, playing with the world's top musicians. Most recently Adam Makowicz joined the illustrious group of most influential polish emigrants in the 400 years history of the USA.
Makowicz was born in Czech Silesia to Polish parents

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Invisible Man: Willis Conover and The Jazz Hour

Read "Invisible Man: Willis Conover and The Jazz Hour" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Willis Conover stood with a cordoned off pool of reporters and photographers, being kept at arms-length from celebrities and dignitaries on the White House lawn. There was no table assigned to him at Bill Clinton's 1993 celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival though Conover had been involved with George Wein's project from ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

Read "Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...

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Article: Album Review

Maciej Fortuna / Krzysztof Dys: Tropy

Read "Tropy" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


It remains largely unrecognized that the Polish jazz culture predates Louis Armstrong's “invention" of modern improvised jazz. As early as 1923, Polish jazz musicians were touring Eastern Europe in the company of Chicago and New Orleans Dixieland players. The American perspective of Polish jazz is principally defined by trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, violinist Michal Urbaniak and pianist ...

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Video

Blue Skies

Featuring the music of Adam Makowicz
Duration: 4:57

Adam Makowicz live at "Metropol" in Vienna
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Video

I Know That You Know

Featuring the music of Adam Makowicz
Duration: 3:08

Pianist Adam Makowicz pays tribute to one of his primary influences, Art Tatum in this performance of "I Know That You Know".
Album

Makowicz vs. Mozdzer at Carnegie Hall

Label: EMI Music
Released: 2005
Track listing: Frederic Chopin: Prelude 24 in D Minor, Op 28; Fantasie - Impromptu, Op 66; Prelude in G major no. 3, Op 28; Prelude in E major, no. 7, Op 28; Prelude in E flat major, no. 17, Op 28; Tatum on My Mind, Surrey with the Fringe on Top, Some Other Time, Love is Here to Stay, Begin the Beguine, Night and Day, Caravan, Rosemary's Baby.

Album

Live Embers

Label: Meta Records
Released: 2005

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Article: Album Review

Adam Makowicz and Leszek Mozdzer: Makowicz vs. Mozdzer at Carnegie Hall

Read "Makowicz vs. Mozdzer at Carnegie Hall" reviewed by Joel Roberts


Adam Makowicz has such phenomenal technique at the keyboard that it sometimes sounds as if he's playing with four hands. On his latest album there really are four hands at work, though two of them belong to fellow Polish piano sensation Leszek Mozdzer. Their solo and duet excursions on Chopin and popular standards, recorded live at ...


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