Tribute to Tomasz Stańko feat.
Adam Pierończyk – saxophones
Avishai Cohen – trumpet
Joe Martin – double bass
Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums


ADAM PIERONCZYK
Leading Polish jazz saxophonist, composer and band leader. One of the most interesting and creative European musicians as well as one of the greatest innovators in Polish jazz according to international press. He performs in all parts of the world and has won numerous awards. In 2015 he was named, for the 14th consecutive year, as „Jazz Forum” magazine Best Soprano Saxophonist.

He has been nominated 18 times for Poland „Fryderyk award” (Polish Grammy) in altogether 14 categories, winning the 2 most important statuettes – Jazz Musician of The Year and Jazz Album of The Year. He served as Artistic Director for the Jazz aux Oudayas festival in Rabat, Morocco in 2005-2006, and as Artistic Director of the Sopot Jazz Festival in Poland (2011-2015).

He also composes music for theater productions. Adam Pierończyk has worked with musicians such as: Sam Rivers, Miroslav Vitous, Trilok Gurtu, Archie Shepp, Gary Thomas, Greg Osby, Bobby McFerrin, Tomasz Stanko, Ted Curson, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Anthony Cox, Joey Calderazzo, Leszek Mozdzer. He has performed all over Europe (Poland, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, England, Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia, Czechia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and Ukraine) as well as in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Israel, Morocco, Brazil, Mexico, USA and China.

„Adam Pieronczyk has been one of the top European saxophonists for years now. Each and every one of his albums is an original, intriguing project on his own that evades simple classification”- Marek Romański „Jazz Forum”

AVISHAI COHEN
When describing trumpeter Avishai Cohen, „The Guardian” said “every generation of jazz trumpeters revisits the legacy of Miles Davis in their own ways, but the Israeli rising star Avishai Cohen’s version of the journey has been particularly skillful.” In 2017, a year after his impressionistic, award winning, and critically-lauded ECM debut „Into The Silence”, Cohen’s sophomore release for ECM „Cross My Palm With Silver” introduced audiences to a new collection of pieces highlighting his exceptional quartet. The adroit interplay of Cohen’s live band featuring Yonathan Avishai (piano), Barak Mori (bass), and Ziv Ravitz (drums), allows Cohen to soar, making it clear why the pure-toned trumpeter is one of the most talked-about jazz musicians on the contemporary scene.

Cohen is globally recognized as a musician with an individual sound and a questing spirit, an ever-creative player-composer open to multiple strains of jazz and active as a leader, co-leader and sideman. Aside from the acclaimed work with his quartet over the last several years, and previously his trio work under the moniker Triveni, the trumpeter has also recorded and toured the world as part of the Mark Turner Quartet, the SFJAZZ Collective, Jazz100 (with Danilo Perez, Chris Potter, etc.), Zakir Hussain, and the 3 Cohens Sextet – with his sister, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat, and brother, saxophonist Yuval. Cohens forthcoming electric project BIG VICIOUS, featuring two guitarists and two drummers, has already won audiences over at international festivals. Named as the Artistic Director of the International Jerusalem Festival in 2015, Cohen has also been voted a Rising Star on three consecutive occasions in the „DownBeat” Critics Poll.

JOE MARTIN
Joe Martin is one of the most sought-after bassists on the current New York City jazz scene. He performs regularly with the Mark Turner Quartet, Chris Potter, Gilad Hekselman, Jochen Rueckert, and Anat Cohen. He appears on dozens of recordings and has released two critically acclaimed recordings as a leader, “Not By Chance” featuring Chris Potter, Brad Mehldau, Marcus Gilmore (Anzic Records), and “Passage” featuring Mark Turner, Kevin Hays, and Jorge Rossy (FSNT Records). He has a forthcoming release on Sunnyside records due out in Spring 2019. His diverse performing credits range from jazz legends Andy Bey, Art Farmer, to pop legend Donald Fagen and Brazilian singer/songwriter Vinicius Cantuaria. His other performing credits include Joel Frahm, Larry Goldings, Fred Hersch, Brad Mehldau, The Mingus Big Band, Ben Monder, Jane Monheit, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Rudy Royston, Jerome Sabbagh, Jaleel Shaw, Edward Simon, and many others. The son of musical parents, Martin was born in Kansas City, grew up in Pella, Iowa, and is a graduate of William Paterson University.

JEFF „TAIN” WATTS
Jeff Watts, the drummer they call “Tain,” spent his formative years with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and his compositional skills now command equal attention, earning Watts a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017.

Jeff initially majored in classical percussion at Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University, where he was primarily a timpanist, followed by enrollment at the Berklee School of Music. Jeff joined the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981 and proceeded to win three Grammy Awards with the ensemble: Black Codes From The Underground, J Mood and Marsalis Standard Time. Watts left Wynton Marsalis in 1988. After working with George Benson, Harry Connick. Jr. and McCoy Tyner, he joined the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1989, winning Grammy’s for I Heard You Twice the First Time and Contemporary Jazz.
In the film and television industry Jeff has appeared as both a musician on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and as an actor, Rhythm Jones in Spike Lee’s “Mo Better Blues”. Jeff joined Kenny Garrett’s band after returning to New York in 1995 and continued to record and tour with Branford Marsalis as well as Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Kenny Kirkland, Courtney Pine, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, McCoy Tyner, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Harry Connick Jr, and Ravi Coltrane.

Jeff has an extensive discography as a side-man, as well as ten albums as a leader:
Citizen Tain (Sony 1999)
Bar Talk (Sony 2002)
MegaWatts (Sunnyside 2003)
Detained, Live at the Blue Note (Half Note 2004)
Folk’s Songs (Dark Key Music 2007)
WATTS (Dark Key Music 2009)
Family (Dark Key Music 2011)
Blue, Vol. 1 (Dark Key Music 2015)
Wattify (Dark Key Music 2016)
Blue, Vol. 2 (Dark Key Music 2016)
TRAVEL BAND – Detained in Amsterdam (Dark Key Music 2018)

Along with explosive power, blinding speed and mastery of complex rhythms and time signatures, Watts brings a rare sense of elegance, tried-by-fire composure, and a gritty street funk to his music. His artistic ingenuity expresses itself in his incomparable technique, sweltering sense of swing, and an extraordinary ability to imbue his music with majestic grace and elegant repose. A true jazz innovator, Watts never fails to deliver the percussive magic that has been his trademark since his emergence on the contemporary jazz scene. Jeff is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow in the field of music Composition.


Tickets:
40 – 120 PLN
available from:
https://www.eventim.pl/JazzJuniors2018
InfoKraków
and 1h before the concert at the venue