Born: March 31, 1984 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Tomasz Dąbrowski plays trumpet and a vintage instrument he calls “balkan horn.” His strong, instantly-recognizable sound and expressive playing are inspired by free jazz, Eastern European folk music, and avant-garde music. Tomasz is considered one of the most original Polish trumpet players and composers on today’s European jazz scene. At the age of 28 he has released eleven albums as a co-leader and sideman and he has toured extensively in Europe, the US, and Africa.
For the last four years, while living in Denmark, Dąbrowski has worked and performed with some of the finest musicians and bands on the Danish scene: Kresten Osgood, Jacob Anderskov, Kasper Tranberg, the Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Lotte Anker, Andreas Lang, Simon Krabs, and Kasper Tom to name a few.
In January 2012 Dąbrowski visited New York where he recorded three albums in twelve days, collaborating with Tyshawn Sorey, Kris Davis, Jonathan Blake, Gilad Hekselman, Andrew Drury, and Jaleel Shaw.
“TOM TRIO” is the title of Tomasz Dąbrowski’s first album as a leader and the name of his international group. Featuring double bassist Nils Bo Davidsen and drummer Anders Mogensen, the music of “TOM TRIO” expresses an extraordinary blend of Slavic and Scandinavian personalities through long melodic lines, rough sound textures, and a precise sense of time. Album has just been released by the well-known Danish label – ILK Records.
The album “TOM TRIO” features 11 compositions written by Tomasz, most of them in a form of short songs without words. Some of the songs (such as “7 Days to Go”) utilize strong melodies while others seem to frame simplicity itself within twisted musical forms (e.g. “Wave”).
“I like to create in musically uncomfortable situations, to challenge myself. Playing in a trio forces me to stay on my toes, and to constantly push beyond my boundaries. There is no harmonic instrument, therefore I’m free to expand my sound and look for new colors.”
Both Anders Mogensen and Nils Bo Davidsen are major players on the Scandinavian scene, known for their personal sounds and approaches to music. Through the years they have collaborated with artists such as Han Bennink, Bunky Green, John Tchicai, Marc Ducret, Tom Rainey, Chris Speed, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Peter Brötzman, Evan Parker, Herb Robertson, Tim Berne, and many more.
“TOM TRIO” is released on cd and will also be available on iTunes and at other digital music vendors.
Awards:Together with his quartet became the winner in XI Jazz & Blues Band Competition 2008 in Gdynia. Has been recognized also as the Best Instrumentalist-Soloist of this festival. Tomasz Dabrowski Quintet won first place as the best band at the festiwal of Young Talents organized by “Tygmont” Club and Warsaw University” “Hopes of Warsaw 2008” He has been honored with the price for ‘The Best Soloist’ on Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa Festival 2009.
Tomasz Dąbrowski grows into one of the most important and interesting trumpet players in Europe Jazz Forum Marek Romański
Tomasz Dabrowski from Warsaw, Poland! ...abled and very poised music expression, excellent arrangement of compositions, articulate avant-garde jazz trumpeter! Vanguard Jazz Society David Payne
Tomasz has great power as a musician. Przemek Dyakowski
From the first note, you can hear and feel how mature musician Tomasz Dabrowski is, with his beautiful, rich sound and great phrases [...] Jazz Forum Pawel Brodowski
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