I have always been lucky, being friends with musicians who were willing to work with me or lend a hand when a hand was needed. Some of those I played with more often, some occasionally, and some I just jammed with. Amateurs or professionals, they have all been a bigger or a smaller part of my music and life throughout the last 30 years.
A superb jazz singer, musician and arranger who has lived in Chicago for years and have performed all over the U.S and Poland. We met years ago in Cracow, during one of the Students’ Festivals of Music, through Mark Stryszowski. The beautiful background vocals on Z Krakowa do wczoraj are hers. A graduate of Berkley, she can create magical sounds on stage.
We met in Cracow, at the Students’ Festival of Music, back when Maciek played with Maniek Lubomski and „I z Poznania i z Torunia”. It turned out we both came from Bielsko-Biala and our parents used to work together. In love with bebop, Maciek lives in Chicago, performs here and in Poland, records his CDs with American musicians and collects guitars. I don’t think we have ever performed together, other than jamming in Café Lura or making music at home.
A great drummer and a real, larger than life, rock-and-roller. Never did anything half-assed. Another – next to Grzegorz Sznajder – drummer who listens. A rare thing…
I learned to play listening to and loving his and his WGB’s songs… then, I had an opportunity to play with him. Wojtek’s poetry, music, the mood and style had a huge impact on my whole life. To this day they all are a big part of me…
A man born for the bass and soulful moodiness, a man of long arms and fingers shaped to create his own sound, especially when playing a fretless. We used to play together before I left for the U.S. It is his bass that you can hear in The Hangman’s Tree, a song we recorded at the Teatr Stu in Cracow for the Corinna Corinna LP, somewhere around 1985.
The only guitar player you can compare Tomek to is Steve Vai. Incredibly fast and universal, sounds equally good playing blues or threshing metal. And fits well in the ballad style of WGB, as well. A pity he stubbornly sticks to the local scene only …
Like Dominik Klimczak, he enriched Z Krakowa do wczoraj in two nights, in his case, by creating a canvas of double bass sounds that created the grooving foundation for all the songs. A great jazz musician; his jazz formation Noise Trio creates unusual notes.
No one covered Joni Mitchell songs as well as Lucy did. Our Bus Stop vocalist had the voice, the diction, and the accent to kill for. Life of the party, with the wonderful inability to tell jokes resulting in salvos of laughter every time she tried. A pity she does not want to sing anymore…
A bass player, Lucy’s ex, recorded our folk tape cassette with Bus-Stop at the Zascianek Studio in Cracow. Along with Maciek Sliwinski, a member of the Menes band.
The most universal living man. He is great on bass even though he graduated in the saxophone class, I think. He can fix anything and build everything. And there’s nothing he wouldn’t help you with. As pure a soul as they come. He was the bass player of 5000.
A Bus-Stop member. A very good vocalist and acoustic guitar player, he left folk music entirely for (the listening of) the classical music (or so I heard). In the past, a master of telling the (industriously and secretly written down) jokes.
I met Tomek through Jan Hnatowicz. He added trombone and accordion to Z Krakowa do wczoraj – and only the trombone survived the editing. A cool dude and music enthusiast, a good man...
A friend and architect, my house jamming and power dreaming partner. One of these days we will make them real…
I know Dominik through sounds only – Jan Hnatowicz talked him into participating in the Z Krakowa do wczoraj project. In over two nights Dominik recorded drums for 13 songs, creating compelling rhythm patterns and the foundation for the whole record.
One could write stories here… A great composer, guitar player, arranger, author of many hits and owner of many gold and platinum records. A musical soul and architect behind Z Krakowa do wczoraj. A lifelong friend, full of golden notes on his guitar and ironic/sarcastic comments about life…
A police officer and a guitar player, he was our ax man in the 5000 band. I wonder what has become of him...
A keyboard player living in Chicago, creates storms of sounds on his keyboards. His are the tasteful pianos and organs on Z Krakowa do wczoraj. A pity, though, he has so little time.
My – currently – Canadian friend, a keyboard player in the 5000 band, he composes a bit and plays in churches a bit. He is the one that penned the lyrics to Nasze życie and Sen o Tobie, both out of the angsts of his soul…
A friend I rarely meet, a bass player with neat and peaceful notes on his bass, leaning towards jazz but not staying away from the blues, either. We had a few good years playing, working and living in Chicago, years and years back.
A drummer and percussionist who added his beats and percussion instruments to Z Krakowa do wczoraj. He joined our Chicago gang for a few editions of WGB songs’ playing, knows how to create a great mood by hitting various inanimate objects...
A drummer who played with Chłopcy z Placu Broni, Pudelsi, 5000. He pulses great, has a natural groove and sound. A restless soul...
One could write a book here… An actress, singer, founder of the Little Stars theater, a mother, a lifelong friend – all at a 100 percent. We performed together quite a few times, mostly singing the WGB repertoire.
A tragically deceased founder of Chwila Nieuwagi (The Unguarded Moment). A great musician, composer, a gentle giant with an incredible American accent. Bogus Frymorgen and I recorded vocals for his songs somewhere around 1985, right before his death.
A friend I haven’t seen in a long time, hiding away in Zakopane. A great guitar player, lefty, a musical fast draw magician and a founder of Menes. It would be fun to play with him again…
An initial member of 5000, a spirit movens behind Stowarzyszenie Wietrznych Studentów and the Grammy CD, a harmonica man and a great guy.
A very talented musician, singer, acoustic guitar player, a pity he is always late, though (or maybe not anymore?)
A living history – a member and co-founder of bands like Laboratorium or Little Egoists. A jazz giant of saxophones, vocalization and scat. As good as gold. It is his saxophone you can hear in my songs for children recorded at the Radio na Szlaku.
The most practicing guitar player other than Maciek Barabasz. An incredible musician, with huge theoretical knowledge and practical abilities. I had an opportunity to perform with him once or twice, and his notes in my blues songs – ach!
A great Cracow drummer who passed away recently. He performed, among others, with Pod Budą. A genius in staying in the rhythm and keeping the tempo, one of few drummers listening to what others were playing at the same time. A good man with a troubled soul…
She doesn’t require an introduction. A wonderful musician, singer, composer, keyboard player, a longtime member of Pod Budą, a non-profit foundation President and an artist with a solo career. She’s the one who did the neat background vocals in the Hangman’s Tree. A beautiful voice and class in itself.
A man with a few CDs with his own songs, a poet, a balladeer and a composer. As 5000, we performed as a backup band during his rare visits in Chicago. He has his own style and creates a unique atmosphere.
A poet of poets, as good as gold. In the With a Guitar and a Pen program he would recite his poems, and Wojtek Belon and I would play and sing our songs. It would be sweet to sit at the table together again, some day…
An interesting dude, a universal vocalist, at home with both the Chłopcy z Placu Broni and WGB repertoire. A pity I get to see him so rarely.
An unusual cajun formation in Poland -Hania Sobieraj, Paweł Jastrzębski, Jarek Grodowski, Wojtek Kowalski, Janusz Gnitecki, Marek Doskocz, late Krzysztof Domińczak – and my Warsaw foster family. I had a pleasure of singing with Hania a few times, and have always been impressed by her vocals. And Pawel, Jarek and I have jammed quite a few times at the Groty lair of the band and Hania and Jurek’s house.
Leader of SDB, a lifetime friendly ear and a recent collaborator – one of my songs found home on his new Memorabilia CD, with both of us singing it.
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