Born: May 10, 1935 Primary Instrument: Vibraphone
A living legend of the Polish jazz and the country's leading vibraphonist, Jerzy Milian has recorded and performed alongside such stars as Krzysztof Komeda, Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski, Zbigniew Namysłowski, and Tomasz Stańko. His 1969 debut LP, Bazaar, remains a much sought-for item. For nearly a quarter of a century Jerzy Milian has been in charge of the Polish Radio and Television Orchestra of Popular Music whose recordings have been regularly featured by the BBC. Today, Milian's original LPs command high prices, while the man himself is generally considered the icon of the Polish jazz. He is by all means the godfather of the groove.