Tomasz Stanko Quartet

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


11 July 1942, Rzeszów, Poland. Stanko learnt the violin and piano at school and in 1969 studied his main instrument, the trumpet, at the music high school in Krakow. In 1962, he formed the free jazz group Jazz Darings with Adam Makowicz and played with various other local musicians. In the early 70s, Stanko played with the Globe Unity Orchestra and the European Free Jazz Orchestra at Donaueschingen. He then formed a quintet which included Zbigniew Seifert who switched from alto saxophone to violin while he was with the band. Later on Stanko formed the Unit with Makowicz and this band earned widespread praise, being described as a ‘white Ornette Coleman’. In fact, the band was more traditionally based, though there was an element of free playing in the music. From 1974 to 1978 Stanko played in a quartet with Edward Vesala.

Stanko has played as an unaccompanied soloist at the Taj Mahal and Karla Caves Temple as well as...

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