Krzysztof Komeda, 91st birthday, influential film composer, jazz pianist and doctor from Poland. He is widely regarded as one of Polish music's enduring and influential artists in the history of Polish jazz, although he was never formally trained in composition, harmony or orchestration.
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Comedy was surrounded by music from a young age - he started taking piano lessons at the age of 7 and played in his first jam session at the age of 19. While attending the Medical Academy in Poznan, he kept his passion for music a secret from his peers by not holding back on practicing Western music. He then decided to use his childhood nickname as his artistic alter ego, Comedy.
In 1956, this rising jazz star debuted with his sextet "Comedy" and achieved his first major success in the same year at the 1st Jazz Festival in Sopot. The following year they won a silver medal at the 6th International Youth Festival in Moscow. Eventually during the decade he formed his own trio, quartet, and quintet, rotating between some of the same trusted musicians to play with him.
During the 1960s, Comedy's influence and success as a composer grew throughout Europe and the world. He wrote more than 40 major film scores, was named Jazz of the Year by Jazz Magazine, and released his album Astigmatic. This album is widely regarded as his finest work and establishes him as one of the founding fathers of European jazz.
The aesthetic and innovative comedic style of jazz composition is celebrated to this day, and his memory is honored by the annual Comedy Jazz Festival in Poland.
Happy Birthday Krzysztof Komeda!