ADAM MAKOWICZ - IN CONCERT
Adam Makowicz, "Maybe", Naughty Baby LP, 1987 - polish jazz
Adam Makowicz was born Adam Matyszkowicz on August 18, 1940 in Gnojník, though he is an ethnic Pole (The city is now in the Czech
Republic). After the war, he was raised in Poland and studied classical music at the Chopin Conservatory of Music in Krakow. Government
officials disapproved of the liberal improvisational style that is at the heart of jazz music. Despite the oppressive communist restrictions on
Polish culture, he developed a passion for modern jazz changing his career path from classical pianist to that of jazz. It was years of struggle
before he managed to get a regular gig at a small jazz club. It was in the cellar of a house in Krakow. By the end of the 70s, Makowicz had
established himself as one of the leading jazz pianists in Europe and was named "Best Jazz Pianist" by readers of a magazine called "Jazz
Forum". He was also awarded a gold medal for his contribution to music. In 1977 he embarked on a 10-week concert tour throughout the US,
which was produced by John Hammond. He also recorded a solo album for CBS called " Adam" and a year later settled in New York.
Makowicz was banned from Poland during the 1980s after the communist regime declared martial law. Makowicz joined many other artists and
celebrities in participating in Ronald Reagan's initiative named, "Let Poland Be Poland".
Though he is a solo artist, he has collaborated with such greats as Michał Urbaniak, Tomasz Stanko and Leszek Możdżer as well as performed
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 style has been
compared to that of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, and Errol Garner among other contemporaries. He has specialized in classical piano as his
education was focused on the classical piano.
He moved to Toronto Canada during the 2000s, and continued his career as a concert pianist and recording artist. Over his 40 year career,,
Makowicz performed with major symphony orchestras, such as the National Symphony Orchestra, at the Carnegie Hall, at the Kennedy Centre,
and other major concert halls in Americas and in Europe. He has recorded over 30 albums of jazz, popular, and classical music, and made his
own arrangements of compositions taken by Chopin, Gershwin, Berlin, Kern, Porter, Rogers, and other composers. Makowicz also wrote and
recorded many of his own work.
Because his music so easily crossed cultural and musical barriers, and his performances reached such a varied audience, he has been able
to use music as a bridge between different cultures. He performed and recorded music by Chopin and Gershwin with the Warsaw
Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony in Washington, London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and other
internationally recognized companies. The year 1999 marked the commemoration of 150th anniversary of Chopin's death. For the occasion,
Adam Makowicz played his piano tribute to Chopin at the French Embassy in Washington. Makowicz demonstrated an extraordinary finesse,
and originality in his interpretations of classical pieces by Chopin and Gershwin.
Bösendorfer pianos - some live performances in the 1990s and 2000s, some recordings
Steinway & Sons pianos - most stage performances with symphony orchestras, and solo from 1950s through the 2000s, some recordings
Baldwin pianos - some performances in the USA
C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik pianos - live performances and some recordings in Europe
Bluthner pianos - some performances in Europe
Fazioli pianos - some performances
Rhodes electric piano - live recording in Europe
Yamaha pianos - some performances and studio recordings
1965 AM trio with Novi Singers Exlibris GC, Zurich Switzerland
1968 Novi in Wonderland Saba SB. West Germany
1968 New Faces in Polish Jazz. Muza. Poland
1973 "Adam Makowicz Unit" Polish Jazz, Vol. 35 Muza. Poland
1975 Live Embers - Adam Makowicz, Piano Muza SX 1218. Poland
1975 Tomasz Stanko & Adam Makowicz Unit JG Records. West Germany
1977 "Adam" CBS Columbia
1983 "The Name is Makowicz" live at Sheffield Lab with Phil Woods, Marc Johnson, Bill Goodwin, and Gene Estes
1993 The Music of Jerome Kern Concord / Bellaphon, Germany
1993 Live at Maybeck Recital Hall Concord / Bellaphon, Germany
1994 My Favorite Things: The Music of Richard Rodgers ) Concord
1997 A Tribute to Art Tatum VWC Records
1998 Gershwin Bank Slaski. Poland
2000 "Reflections on Chopin" AM Records
2000 Adam Makowicz plays Duke Ellington Musicians Showcase Records. USA
2003 Songs for Manhattan Adam Makowicz, solo piano. USA
2003 "A Tribute to George Gershwin" with the Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana. (DVD) Image Entertainment
2004 Makowich vs Mozdzer at Carnegie Hall Pomaton. EMI.
2006 "From My Field" Classical music of Chopin, and jazz themes of Gershwin, Berlin, Kern, and Porter.
2007 "Indigo Bliss" Jaymz Bee / Universal Music Canada