Adam Makowicz

Adam Makowicz was born in 1940 to Polish parents in Czech Silesia, and launched his professional career in 1966. A series of acclaimed performances and recordings enhanced his reputation in both Europe and the United States. In 1977 the legendary record producer John Hammond invited Adam to New York City for a 10-week engagement and to record for CBS Columbia a solo album called Adam. By that time Adam had already performed worldwide and recorded 26 albums. In 1978 Adam settled in New York City. In December, 1981, Adam, together with other Polish artists living in the United States at the time, took part in the historically important TV show "Let Poland be Poland", an event initiated by former President Ronald Reagan and widely broadcasted all over the world. As a result, he was banned from Poland until it gained its freedom in 1989. Adam, who became an American citizen in 1986, has performed worldwide; with groups, orchestras and solo, sharing stages with many jazz greats. In addition to jazz classics Makowicz often includes classical music in his repertoire. Several CDs with jazz interpretations of Chopin's compositions are the only such releases in the United States. Each Fall for the past several years, Adam has performed in the city of Ustron a sold out recital with the sole purpose of raising funds to help finance therapy and professional assistance for children and young adults afflicted with brain injuries. On October 12th, 2009 in Warsaw, the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage honored Adam's contribution to the Arts with the Golden Medal "Gloria Artis" - the highest possible recognition an artist in Poland can receive.

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