“Let these Chałupy and the Bee continue, but let’s not forget that he was, above all, a giant”
In Poland, it is played and liked all the time, and people talk about it. He is a living musical legend, and if he was born abroad, in terms of standards, he would be on a par with, for example, Frank Sinatra. And now it turned out that more than one internationally renowned violinist could also jump in jazz – says Katarzyna Wodecka-Stubbs, the artist’s daughter, producer of the new album “Wodecki Jazz ’70 – dialogues”.
– And when I think about him, I like him the most at home, with his white shirt unbuttoned, or sitting on the balcony and smoking a cigarette, and sometimes lying on the sofa and listening to the house buzz – he adds.
The multi-instrumentalist who loved the violin the most. A composer of countless pieces to this day. A musical arranger, a dance master and a vocalist who has been loved by generations of Poles. Zbigniew Wodecki was born on May 6, 1950 in Krakow, in a musical family, thanks to which he founded his first band at the age of 16, and a year later he joined the legendary Piwnica pod Baranami. Before his twentieth birthday, he started working with Marek Grechuta and Ewa Demarczyk.
These Krakow beginnings were only an announcement of a great career, which was interrupted only by his departure in 2017. However, the artistic achievements turned out to be the experience of his creator and today, four years after his death, we can still enjoy new, previously unpublished compositions and archival recordings of the brilliant musician. His daughter Katarzyna Wodecka-Stubbs, the founder of the Fundacja im. Zbigniew Wodecki, artistic director of the Wodecki Twist Festival and producer of the latest album with jazz compositions by her father. The album “Wodecki Jazz ’70 – dialogues” was released on June 4 and is a project combining the 70s and the new Polish music scene in jazz sounds. Among the guests there were Leszek Możdżer, Marek Napiórkowski and Henryk Miśkiewicz.
Estera Prugar: It has been four years recently since the death of your father Zbigniew Wodecki …
Katarzyna Wodecka-Stubbs: All anniversaries are difficult. If you have loved, loved, and lost a lot, it will never go unnoticed. I believe that both the Festival (Wodecki Twist Festival – ed.) And the activities of the Dad’s Foundation allow me not to mention it only sentimentally and sadly, but also to always think of him as a musician and an important person in the scale of heritage. national. That is why the album “Wodecki Jazz ’70 – Dialogues” was created – it is a step back in time, not even to Zbigniew Wodecki, but to Zbyszek, who searched for himself in various musical areas in the creative period of the 1970s.
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