Leading Polish jazz authority, critic and jazz historian, columnist of thousands articles, interviews and essays, author of numerous books incl. first in Poland JAZZ Encyclopedia, radio and TV producer and promoter of jazz festivals and prestige concerts series ERA JAZZU.
b.1954, Poznan, Poland;
critic and jazz historian, journalist, writer, promoter and producer.
M.A. in Ethnology (with specialization in music folklore; Poznan University, 1978) and post-graduate studies in Journalism (Poznan University, 1984).
Music columnist for Newsweek, Jazz Forum, Nurt, Wprost, Jazz a Go Go, Jazzi Magazine; free lance journalist and contributor for Jazz Hot (France), Music Woche (Germany), One To One (England) and American music magazines: Goldmine, World Broadcast News, Living Blues, Jazz Now.
Author of several books (Not Only Music, Fan Club Special, Komeda’s Time, Jazz Giants, Blues – punk – disco, Era Jazzu, Encyclopedia of Popular Music – JAZZ; a few thousand articles in professional (domestic and foreign journals).
Leading Polish jazz and music publicist, authority, producer and organizer in the Polish jazz area. Lectures about Jazz, Black Music and Folklore at University of Graz (Austria), Poznan University (Poland), Pittsburgh University (USA), St.Petersburg (Russia), University California Los Angeles (USA).
DJ and producer for Polish radio stations (Radio Merkury, Radio Jazz/fm). Some famous shows included The Jazz Academy, Not Only Jazz, Let’s Play Folklore, Jazz News, Jazz Moods.
Producer and A&R Director of jazz festivals (Poznan Jazz Fair, Folk Blues Fair, series ERA JAZZU) and concerts (from D. Brubeck, S. Grappelli, W. Shorter, B. B. King, T. Mahal to Al Di Meola, Abbey Lincoln, Gato Barbieri, Jan Garbarek, Dianna Krall, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, The Kronos Quartet…).
Producer and author of TV shows: Black & White, Jazzgot, documentaries of ERA JAZZU series, jazz concerts
Vintage Band, Looking East, Robert Łuczak, Louis Armfield, Marcelo Noia, James Bronson, String Connection, From The World, Jazz w Poznaniu, Giovanni Mirabassi & A.Jagodziński Trio, David Murray – Circles, Penderecki Jazz, Contemporary Quartet, Lester Bowie & Miłość, Era Jazzu Festival 2000, New Black Music, Christmas Night – Al Di Meola, Friend ‘n’ Fellow, AACM Quartet, Tribute to Glenn Miller, Al Di Meola & Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, From Roots to Hip-Hop, Detroit Gospel Singers, Era Jazzu for New Orleans, Era Jazzu – Holy Cole, It’s JAZZ, kolekcja Giganci Jazzu (20 CDs), All That ERA JAZZU, String Connection 2012, Era Jazzu Wish You a Merry Christmas, Fritatta, The Best Jazz… Ever!, Standards & Hits, EMPiK Jazz Club (35 CDs collection), Era Jazzu 2015, Era Jazzu 2016, Dawid Kostka Quartet & Chico Freeman – Live at Era Jazzu 2016.
MD of Poznan Jazz & Festival (booking agency)
President of ERA JAZZU (concerts series and festival)
Founder and Program & Music Director of first Polish jazz radio station Radio 88,4 JAZZ/fm.
Member and/or Poland’s representative on International Association For Jazz Research – Austria,
Friends Of Polish Music – USA,
International Association of Jazz Educators – USA,
Chicago Jazz Institute – USA,
Jazz Journalists Association – USA,
International Jazz Hall Of Fame: Pittsburgh University – USA.
Married: wife Irena (philologist) and three children: dauthers Lena and Olga and son Kacper.
Era Jazzu / Dionizy Piątkowski
P.O. Box 67 , 62-050 Mosina