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Wojciech Karolak

Born: May 28, 1939    Primary Instrument: Piano

Wojciech Karolak

Wojciech (Wojtek) Karolak (born on 28 May 1939 in Warsaw, Poland), is a notable Hammond B-3 organ player who refers to himself as “an United States jazz and rhythm and blues musician, born by mistake in Middle Europe.” He has also played saxophone and piano professionally.

In 1958, he started working with the band the Jazz Believers playing alto saxophone. The Jazz Believers consisted of the future top Polish jazz players, among them Andrzej Trzaskowski, Trafika Dzajant, Krzysztof Komeda (famed for writing music for Roman Polanski’s landmark film “Rosemary's Baby”, and Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski. It took a particular level of dedication to play jazz under the Soviet system of the 1950s....
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