Death notice : Jan Jarczyk

The GMMQ learned with sadness the death of Jan Jarczyk, jazz pianist, composer and McGill University Professor, on Sunday August 3rd following a battle with cancer.

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of Mr. Jarczyk.

Jan Jarczyk, polish-born pianist, composer, lived in North America-USA and Canada since 1977. While in Boston, he worked with a lot of Boston-based musicians and taught harmony and composition from 1980 to 1985 at Berklee College of Music.

Over the years he has written a lot of music for various size ensembles, from solo pieces to full-size symphony orchestra, the likes of which have been performed in Boston, Washington (DC), Chicago, Minneapolis, Montreal, Mainz (Germany), London, Bruxelles and Poland. Since 1994 he recorded 7 CDs in Montreal as pianist, leader and arranger-composer (and 5 as an Arranger of both commercial (for singers) and non-commercial productions) one of them, Things to look for, received a nomination for a Felix Award in 1996. Mr. Jarczyk has composed music for The Polish Jazz Studio Orchestra, conducted by Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski, Polish TV and Radio, theaters and films both in Poland and North America (US and Canada). Recipient of the Polish Composers Society Annual Scholarship in 1969-71, Mr. Jarczyk also won the Grand Prix of the Concours d’improvisation de piano jazz in Lyon, France in 1974 and the SOCAN award for Best Jazz Composition during the Montreal Jazz Festival in 1999. Recipient of the Polish Silver Cross of Merit in 2011, nominated twice for ADISQ (1994-1996) in Quebec as well as for a Grammy in 2011, Mr.Jarczyk used to divide his time between composing, performing and attending to his teaching duties as Professor at McGill University Schulich School of Music. Jan Jarczyk had just retired a few months ago from teaching.

Jan Jarczyk performed and recorded in Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, France, Benelux, Scandinavia, the USA, Japan, Spain, Kuwait and Canada with such prominent musicians as Zbiggy Seifert, Tomasz Stanko, Zbigniew Namyslowski, Leszek Zadlo, Janusz Stefanski,Andrzej Olejniczak, Darek Oleszkiewicz, Phil Wilson, Greg Hopkins, Tim Hagans, Donny McCaslin,Aaron Scott, Pat LaBarbera, George Garzone, Jan De Haas, Jean-Pierre Zanella, Michel Donato, Kevin Dean, Neil Sveinson, Andre White, Dave Laing, Remi Bolduc, Denny Christianson ,Kenny Wheeler, and Charito among many others.