picture of Wojciech Karolak
Wojciech Karolak
Wojciech (* 1939) started playing the piano as a child and got lessons at the Chopin Konserwatorium. Later, he studied at the Konserwatorium in Kraków. Since 1958, he played the sax as a member of the Matuszkiewicz Quintet and the Jan Wróblewski band.
 
Since 1961, Wojciech concentrated more and more on the keyboard instruments piano and organ. 1962, he founded his own trio. From 1966 to 1972, Wojciech lived in Sweden, where he came in touch with Putte Wickman and Leroy Lowe. In 1973, he returned to Poland to work together with Zbigniew Namysłowski. In the following year, he toured the USA together with Michał Urbaniak and Urszula Dudziak. Further cooperations with Jan Wróblewski, Tomasz Szukalski, Czesław Bartkowski, Jarosław Śmietana, Piotr Baron, Zbigniew Lewandowski, and Leszek Cichoński followed.
 
Wojciech also worked for film productions and radio stations. He died in June 2021.
contact: zajac@rubikon.pl
homepage: www.venco.com.pl/~skrzat/karolak/artysta.html

 

Discography
Constellation
Power Bros 00119
released 1973
recorded May 1973 in Warszawa/Poland
Urszula Dudziak, vocals
Michał Urbaniak, violin
Wojciech Karolak, Hammond organ, Farfisa organ
Czesław Bartkowski, drums
Adam Makowicz, e-piano, bass
Fusion
Columbia KC 32852
released 1973
recorded June 1973 in Germany
Michał Urbaniak, violin, soprano sax
Urszula Dudziak, percussion, voice
Wojciech Karolak, Hammond organ
Adam Makowicz, keyboards
Czesław Bartkowski, drums, cymbal
All Stars After Hours
Muza SX1033
released 1973
recorded live October 1973 at the Congress Hall in Warszawa/Poland
Janusz Muniak, soprano sax
Tomasz Szukalski, soprano sax
Włodzimierz Nahorny, alto sax
Zbigniew Namysłowski, alto sax, piano
Ptaszyn Wróblewski, tenor sax
Tomasz Szukalski, tenor sax
Włodzimierz Kurpinski, baritone sax
Jan Jarczyk, trombone, piano
Stanisław Cieślak, trombone
Krzysztof Sadowski, Hammond organ
Wojciech Karolak, Hammond organ
Adam Makowicz, piano
Zbigniew Seifert, violin
Bronisław Suchanek, bass
Paweł Jarzębski, bass
Andrzej Dabrowski, drums, congas
Czesław Bartkowski, drums
Andrzej Trzaskowski, percussion
Sprzedawcy Glonów
Muza SX1141
released 1973
recorded October 1973 in Warszawa/Poland
Jan "Ptaszyn" Wróblewski, tenor sax
Włodzimierz Nahorny, alto sax, flute
Zbigniew Namysłowski, alto sax, flute
Zbigniew Seifert, alto sax, violin
Waldemar Kurpiński, baritone sax, clarinet
Bronisław Suchanek, bass
Paweł Jarzębski, bass
Czesław Bartkowski, drums
Janusz Stefałski, drums
Adam Makowicz, piano
Dariusz Filiochowski, French horn
Dariusz Szewczyk, French horn
Marek Bliziński, guitar
Wojciech Karolak, Hammond organ
Czesław Bartkowski, percussion
Kazimierz Jonkisz, percussion
Andrzej Trzaskowski, piano
Michał Urbaniak, soprano sax, violin
Tomasz Szukalski, tenor sax, soprano clarinet, bass clarinet
Janusz Muniak, tenor saxphone, soprano sax, flute
Andrzej Brzeski, trombone
Andrzej Piela, trombone
Jan Jarczyk, trombone
Stanisław Cieślak, trombone
Bogdan Dembek, trumpet
Bogusław Skawina, trumpet
Józef Grabarski, trumpet
Laco Deczi, trumpet
Stanisław Mizeracki, trumpet
Tomasz Stałko, trumpet
Zdzisław Piernik, tuba
Mainstream
Muza SX1139
released 1974
recorded October 1973 in Warszawa/Poland
Wojciech Karolak, Hammond organ
Jan "Ptaszyn" Wróblewski, tenor sax
Marek Bliziński, guitar
Czesław Bartkowski, drums
Easy!
Muza SX1069
released 1974
recorded January 1974 in Warszawa/Poland
Wojciech Karolak, Hammond organ, Farfisa organ, Fender Rhodes
Zbigniew Namysłowski, alto sax
Tomasz Szukalski, tenor sax
Janusz Muniak, sax
Tomasz Stańko, trumpet
Pawel Dąbrowski, bass
Czesław Bartkowski, drums
Wojciech Kowalewski, percussion
Janusz Mych, vocals
Waldemar Parzyński, vocals
Atma
Columbia KC 33184
released 1974
recorded June 1974 in New York, NY/USA
Michał Urbaniak, violin, soprano sax
Urszula Dudziak, percussion, voice
Wojciech Karolak, keyboards, piano, synthsizer, organ, clavinet
Paweł Jarzębski, bass
Ray Mantilla, congas, drums, percussion
Czesław Bartkowski drums
Dr. Max Mathews, electronics
Drums Dream
Muza SX1419
released 1976
recorded 1974 in Warszawa/Poland
Czesław Bartkowski, drums
Wojciech Karolak, keyboards
Studio Jazzowe PR orchestra c/ by Jan Wróblewski
A Softly Touch, And Go!
Amplitude AMP 1004
released 1984
recorded 1984 in Warszawa/Poland
Wojciech Karolak, organ, synthesizer
Zbigniew Kalemba, piano, synthesizer
Time Killers
Helicon 1012
released 1985
recorded December 1984 in Warszawa/Poland
Wojciech Karolak, organ, synthesizer
Tomasz Szukalski, tenor sax
Czesław Bartkowski, drums
Between Or Beyond The Iron Curtain
CDHW 27603-2
compilation
various artists from Eastern Europe
among those:
Wojciech Karolak, organ
Krzysztof Sadowski, organ
Wojciech Karolak - Polish Radio Jazz Archives 34
Polskie Radio PRCD 2377
recorded at various locations in Warszawa/Poland
Wojciech Karolak, organ, piano, keyboards
Tomasz Szukalski, tenor sax
Henryk Majewski, trumpet
Tomasz Stanko, trumpet
Janusz Kozlowski, bass
Zbigniew Wegehaupt, bass
Czesław Bartkowski, drums
Jose Torres, drums
Tadeusz Fedorowski, drums

 
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