Birthday Toast for Tomasz Stańko! Stańko@80

On July 11, 2022, the greatest Polish jazz trumpeter and composer, Tomasz Stańko, would celebrate his 80th birthday. On this occasion, the series of events devoted to the artist will be opened by birthday concerts in the places where his career begun and ended – in Rzeszów and Warsaw. During the events organized under the theme “A birthday toast for Tomasz Stańko”, the Marcin Wasilewski Trio will perform with a special participation of the Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær and the EABS band.

July 10, 8 p.m., Rzeszów, the courtyard of the Lubomirski Castle

July 11, 20:00, Warsaw, Plac Defilad

“Dad has said many times that he feels fulfilled. He treated death as a natural element of the life cycle and this is the wisdom he wanted to give to his fans. That is why we want to remember him in an atmosphere of joy, celebrating his life and art, surrounded by artists who he influenced and inspired over the years. Exactly as he would like it to be, ”says Anna Stańko, the trumpeter’s daughter and founder of the Tomasz Stańko.

During musical toasts for Tomasz Stańko, his music will be recalled and interpreted by those who have accompanied him for nearly three decades: Marcin Wasilewski, Sławomir Kurkiewicz and Michał Miśkiewicz, i.e. the Marcin Wasilewski Trio. This year, 20 years have passed since the premiere of their first album with Tomasz Stańko – “Soul of Things”. During the concerts in Rzeszów and Warsaw, they will be accompanied on stage by a special guest – the excellent Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær. Toasts participants will also hear music from the iconic Tomasz Stańko Quintet’s “Purple Sun” album, released in 1973, performed by the most popular jazz band of the young generation EABS.

Admission to the concerts under the slogan “Birthday Toast for Tomasz Stańko” in Warsaw and Rzeszów is free.



Events related to the celebration of Tomasz Stańko’s 80th birthday anniversary will last the whole year, and the artist’s life and work will be recalled in many places around the world. On July 8, in the Jassmine club in Warsaw, Kuba Więcek, Emil Miszk, Mateusz Kaszuba, Michał Jaros and Tymek Papior will present the “Tribute to Stańko” program. After birthday toasts in Rzeszów and Warsaw, an international series of events will begin under the slogan “Remembering Tomasz Stańko”. His music will resound, among others in Krakow – the city where he received his musical education, founded his first bands and made friendships that left a mark on his artistic career, on the Korean island of Jara, in New York and London.


There will also be an English-language edition of Tomasz Stańko’s biography, entitled “Desperado” – an interview conducted by Rafał Księżyk. Premieres of previously unpublished recordings of the trumpeter are being prepared by ECM Records and the Astigmatic publishing house. The cycle will end with the 20th anniversary of Jazz Autumn for them. Tomasz Stańko in Bielsko-Biała.


Celebration of the artist’s birth anniversary Fundacja im. Tomasz Stańko started at the end of 2021. Then users could get to know the new version of the Tomasz Stańko Archives platform. At the end of December, a mural commemorating the artist was created in Rzeszów, the hometown of Tomasz Stańko. The work on the wall of the building at 16 Hetmańska Street was based on graphics by Joanna Stańko.




July 10, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Rzeszów, courtyard of the Lubomirski Castle


EABS: Purple Sun

Marcin Wasilewski Trio & Nils Petter Molvær


July 11, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

Warsaw, Plac Defilad


EABS: Purple Sun

Marcin Wasilewski Trio & Nils Petter Molvær


Originator and organizer:

Foundation Tomasz Stańko



Rzeszów stage

Studio Theater – DEFILAD SQUARE



Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund – a state-owned earmarked fund, as part of the “Music” program, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.


The city of Rzeszów

Capital City of Warsaw


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