musicians of adi jazz festival 2014

concerts on the 3rd of October 2014, concert hall in the Academy of Music in Łódź, Żubardzka 2a




Włodek Pawlik (born 1958) – pianist and composer, he received first GRAMMY for polish jazz ever for the album „Night in Calisia”.

He is a graduate of the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw where he completed his classical piano class under the direction of Barbara Hesse-Bukowska in 1984. He also studied jazz composition, theory and arrangement at the Hochschule für Music in Hamburg (Germany) graduating in 1990. 






                                             DOROTA PIOTROWSKA PROJECT (drums)

Dorota PiotrowskaDorota Piotrowska (born 1984 in Lublin) – she attended the University of Wroclaw where in 2006, she received a B.A. in French Philology. She combined her college studies with her love of music, performing and touring with a Cuban ensemble. After University, she decided to continue her passion for jazz at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, then she move to Groningen, Holland to study with Mr. Peterson who has since become her musical and life mentor. A one week college trip to NYC resulted in her enrolling in an exchange program at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY and later transferring to The New School where she earned  a B.A. in Jazz Performance with a concentration in drums in 2012.


Since arriving in the US in 2010, Dorota has performed at Carnegie Hall with classical composer Bob Chilcott, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall with classical composer Will Todd in a piece conducted by famous Elena Sharkova and with jazz notables George Garzone, Jeremy Pelt, Lonnie Plaxico, Rory Stuart, Sam Newsome, Stacy Dilliard, Mike Rodriguez, Lafayette Harris, Benito Gonzales, Anthony Wonsey, Eric Wyatt, Greg Lewis, Carlo De Rosa, and The Curtis Brothers. In 2013 Ms. Piotrowska performed with her band and a special guest Jeremy Pelt at Jazz nad Odra Festival in Wroclaw, Poland.



JEREMY PELT (trumpet)

Jeremy Pelt

Jeremy Pelt (born 1976 in California) – he has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to collaborations with some of the genre’s greatest masters. These projects include performances and recordings with Cliff Barbaro, Keter Betts, Bobby „Blue” Bland, Ravi Coltrane, Frank Foster, Winard Harper, Jimmy Heath, Vincent Herring, John Hicks, Charli Persip, Ralph Peterson, Lonnie Plaxico, Bobby Short, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, Nancy Wilson and The Skatalites, to name a few.

He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal by legendary jazz writer and producer, Nat Hentoff, and was voted Rising Star on the trumpet, five years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association.


MICHAŁ BARAŃSKI (contrabass)

Michal Barański












Dominik Wania (born in Sanok) – he began the study of piano at age three. Graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland in 2005 where he was an honors music student studying classical piano performance. In 2006 he was awarded The Helena Foundation Presidential Scholarship at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he pursued Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance.

In April 2014 Dominik Wania received Polish Cultural Television prize „Gwarancje Kultury 2014″ and 2 FRYDERYK awards for Jazz Album of the Year („Ravel”) and Jazz Debut of the Year.




concerts on the 4th of October 2014, concert hall in the Academy of Music in Łódź, Żubardzka 2a






Adam Makowicz (born in 1940) – Polish jazz pianists, living in New York since 1978. He studied at Szafrankowie Brothers State School of Music in Rybnik. 

He has worked with such musicians as Michał UrbaniakTomasz Stanko and Leszek Możdżer, 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. 

In 2009 he was awarded with Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis.


XAVI DE LA SALUD (trumpet)

Xavi de la Salud (born in 1977 in Tarragona) – Spanish trumpeter, educated in Barcelona.





BARTOSZ STĘPIEŃ (contrabass)

Bartłomiej Stępień


   Bartosz Stępień – graduated from the Academy of Music in Łódź. He works with musicians such as Janusz Skowron, Maciej Strzelczyk, Maciej Tubis, Włodzimierz Pawlik, Włodzimierz Kiniorski, Witek Janiak oraz Michał Kobojek.










Ismel WIsmel Wignallignall (born in Havana) – he plays latino jazz and afrocuban music. He graduated from National School of Music (ENA) in Havana, currently he works and lives in New York.



Karolina Kowalczewska Czekierda








Karolina Kowalczewska – Czekierda (born in 1990) – Polish jazz pianist, composer, soundtracks’s author, graduated from the Academy of Music in Katowice. Creates music that can be defined as a mixture of jazz, classical music, romantic ballads and international inspirations. Karolina performed her music in Poland and abroad (Portugal, Lithuania, Mexico, Spain).






 concerts on the 25th of October, the Music Theatre in Łódź, Północna 47/51



Randy Brecker


Randal „Randy” Brecker (born in 1945) – an American trumpeter and flugelhornist. In his formative years, Brecker studied trumpet with Bill Adam at Indiana University. He has worked as a studio player for many famous musicians. He has performed or recorded with Stanley TurrentineBilly CobhamLarry CoryellBruce SpringsteenLou ReedSandip BurmanCharles MingusBlood, Sweat & TearsHorace SilverFrank ZappaChris ParkerDire Straits and many others.

In November of that year the album Night in Calisia, a collaboration between Brecker, the Włodek Pawlik Trio, the Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra and Adam Klocek was released in Poland. The album came out in the US in August 2013, and won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Brecker’s sixth Grammy Award.




String Connection – a jazz group founded in 1981 in Poznań by Krzesimir Dębski, Janusz Skowron, Andrzej Olejniczak, Krzysztof Ścierański and Krzysztof Przybyłowicz. 


LUIS NUBIOLA (saxophone)


Luis Nubiola (born in Cuba) – graduated as an instrumentalist and saxophone teacher from the National Conservatory of Music in Havana, Amadeo Roldan.

In 2001, Luis Nubiola moved to Costa Rica where he became one of the finest and most famous musicians, working with such artists as Walter Flores (Grammy winner), Robert Aguilar and “Chocolate Band”. In December 2005, he recorded his first CD, a musical production entitled “Nubiola”. In December 2008, Luis Nubiola produced “Live at Jazz Café”, the first Jazz DVD ever recorded in Costa Rica.

Currently Luis Nubiola lives in Europe where he has been working with musicians and friends like El Salsero with Michal Stawarski, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Paweł Kaczmarczyk, Grzegorz Grzyb, Michael Baranski, Włodek Pawlik. 



JOSE TORRES (percussion)







Krzysztof Szmańda (drums)

Krzysztof Szmańda


Marcin Chenczke (contrabass)


Wojciech Olszewski (piano)


BOGDAN GRAD (guitar / vocal)

BOGDAN GRAD 1 - fot.Jan Świderski














RADEK WRÓBEL 1 - fot.Jan Świderski


     PIOTR MUSZYŃSKI (percussion)

PIOTR MUSZYŃSKI 1 - fot.Jan Świderski 


PIOTR PIETRZAK 1 - fot.Jan Świderski