Interview with a jazzman Janusz Szrom. Rozmowa z wokalista Januszem Szromem o plycie: “Pogadaj ze mna” z nowymi tekstami W. Mlynarskiego.

Monday, January 12th, 2009

“Pogadaj ze mną” – płyta z piosenkami, których tekstami są najnowsze, niepublikowane wcześniej wiersze Wojciecha Młynarskiego – trafila do sprzedaży 12 grudnia zeszlego roku. Na wydawnictwo składa się 16 piosenek – lirycznych opowiastek Młynarskiego z muzyką Włodzimierza Nahornego, zaaranżowanych przez wybitnych polskich jazzmanów – Krzysztofa Herdzina i Andrzeja Jagodzińskiego. Piosenki wykonują Agnieszka Wilczyńska i Janusz Szrom, w nagraniach gościnnie udział wzięli Kayah oraz Zbigniew Zamachowski.

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Janusz Szrom is a Polish jazz vocalist and composer.

His musical education started in 1977 on the piano, at Nysa School of Music. Then, in 1981, he started to play on trumpet while continuing to perfect the piano skills, in Chrzanów School of Music. In 1989, after graduating from the Secondary School of Music in Kraków, majoring in trumpet (minor in piano), he first entered John Paul II University to play organ and later (in 1990) matriculated to Musical University in Kraków to study music theory. Finally, in 1992 he began study in Katowice at the prestigious Karol Szymanowski University of Music’s School of Jazz and Popular Music. In 1995, he received his Master’s degree with Honors as a Jazz Vocalist.

His career as a jazz vocalist started in 1994, when he won the 2nd place honor at the International Meeting of Jazz Vocalists in Zamość. Next year, in 1995 – he was the first prizewinner of the publicity prize at the Fall Pomeranian Jazz- “Key to Career’s Door”, which is one of the most important honors for a young artist to achieve. Since then he has performed at numerous festivals and music meetings, as Jazz nad Odrą, Jazz Jamboree, Old Jazz Meeting “Złota Tarka” in Iława, Jazz Standard Festival in Siedlce, Jazz Muzeum in Ostrów Wielkopolski, National Festival of Polish Song in Opole and International Meetings of Jazz Vocalists in Zamość.

In 2008, Janusz Szrom was selected by Michel Legrand to perform his famous What are you doing the rest of your life song during the Legrand’s concert at the prestigious 50th Jubilee Jazz Jamboree festival in Warsaw.

A the same year, he had scored the 2nd place in the Vocalist of the Year category in the annual poll conducted among readers of the prestigious Jazz Forum – Jazz Top 2008 magazine.

Except from active performing, he also has a great experience as a composer, arranger, and teacher. He teaches vocal class at Fryderyk Chopin’s College of Music in Warsaw. Also, he has worked for many years now as a teacher and instructor of famous Summer Workshops of Jazz Music in Puławy and Chodzież. In addition to appearances on various TV and radio programs (Olga Lipińska Cabaret, Irena Kwiatkowska and Her Guests and others), he has served as a teacher in TV programs like Star Academy or Jak Oni Śpiewają.

He took part in two music theatre performances:

in 1999 at Ateneum Theatre, Warsaw, in the play inspired by Jonasz Kofta’s lyrics – Kofta (directed by Artur Barciś), co-starring with Joanna Trzepiecińska;
in 2008 at Centralny Basen Artystyczny, in the play based on the greatest songs of polish 19th century great composer Stanisław Moniuszko, rearranged by greatest contemporary composers like Włodzimierz Nahorny or Andrzej Jagodziński – Moniuszkowo (directed by Barbara Dziekan).
Janusz Szrom is also an author of the music project called Straszni Panowie Trzej. It happens to be a first jazz arrangement of the songs from the unforgettable Older Gentelmen Cabaret, written by Jerzy Wasowski and Jeremi Przybora. In 2009, two of his albums: “Straszni Panowie Trzej” and „Talk with me” has acquired a Gold Record Awards. A board member of the PSJ (Polish Jazz Society) since 2009

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