Over the course of Octobe to December, the dearly missed jazz pianist, composer and arranger Jan Jarczyk will be honored with several Tribute Concerts around the world. The first two were in Montreal—on Oct. 7 at the Centre Cuturel Georges Vanier, and on Oct. 27 at Pollack Hall of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, where Jan was a professor for over 25 years. Then, on October 29 in Warsaw, a concert entitled “Warszawskie Zaduszki Jazzowe: Jarczyk, Seifert in Memoriam” was held, and gathered on stage some of Poland’s greets jazz musicians: Maciej Strzelczyk, Bartosz Dworak / Ryszard Borowski Bednarska Band / Ronnie Cuber, Piotr Rodowicz, Robert Majewski, and Kazimierz Jonkisz / Bartosz Dworak Quartet.
The hommages continue in Toronto, where he will be honored at Gallery 345 in Toronto on Nov. 2.This musical pilgrimage then continues on to the Boston area where Jan also lived and taught for over 10 years—there, the Lilypad Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA will hold a concert on Nov. 7. Then the tributes continue in Europe. On Dec. 14 the Chapelle St-Etienne in Lille, France will hold a concert. On Dec. 26, the pilgrimage will end with a concert in Kraków, Poland, where Jan was born.