Piotr Schmidt, born in 1985, jazz trumpeter, music producer, band leader, publisher, assistant professor at the Jazz Department of the State University of Applied Sciences in Nysa and a lecturer at the Jazz Department of the Academy of Music in Katowice. A graduate of the Academy of Music in Katowice, where in June 2016 he obtained a PhD in musical arts. Piotr Schmidt is a top Polish jazz trumpeter. He is a scholarship holder of the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA 2006, moreover, during his debut period in 2006-2010, he won many individual awards and the Grand Prix.
Piotr Schmidt has released twelve original albums to his credit. Since 2011, he has been regularly listed on the podium in the Best Trumpeter of the Year category in the Jazz Top poll of the Jazz Forum magazine.
He collaborated, among others with artists such as: Kuba Badach, Ewa Bem, Krystyna Prońko, Ten Typ Mes, Miuosh, Walter Smith III, Alex Hutchings, Matthew Stevens, Ernesto Simpson, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Grzegorz Nagórski, Dante Luciani, Maciej Sikała, Wiesław Pieregorólka, Grzech Piotrowski, Wojciech Niedziela, Jacek Niedziela-Meira, Marcin Jahr, Wojciech Karolak, Mariusz Bogdanowicz, Wojciech Myrczek, Apostolis Anthimos, Marek Napiórkowski, Dominik Wania, Paweł Kaczmarczyk, Paweł Tomaszewski, and Kazimierz Jonkisz.
Dark Forecast (premiered on November 27, 2020 by SJRecords publishing house)
Dark Forecast is built with a mood similar to the album dedicated to Tomasz Stańko, where the lyricism of jazz is the mood developed by the entire band, and the trumpeter is an outstanding soloist who plays with the melody, adding to it everything that makes the - often banal and simple composition - an extensive, artistically creative form. It cannot be otherwise when the ensemble has personalities with extraordinary and vast potential, inborn expressiveness and impeccable technical virtuosity. This creates a specific coherent organism out of Piotr Schmidt's quartet / quintet, which moves easily in a beautiful, jazz structure. And he does it not only by interpreting the standards of Krzysztof Komeda ("Ballad from Knife in the Water" and "Ballad For Bert"), but above all in the trumpeter's original compositions that are interesting and kept in check of eloquent jazz. These are nine interesting, mostly ballad-like and subtle compositions, assigned to a specific convention (...).
Dionizy Piątkowski (Jazz Era)
The project is financed from the budget of the City of Gliwice
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