Tomasz Dąbrowski is an award-winning Polish trumpeter and composer settled for the last decade in Scandinavia. With nine albums released under his own name and dozens of recordings as a co-leader and sideman, he is considered as one of the most active and gifted trumpeters and composers in Europe. Dividing his time between solo projects and cooperating with some of the finest musicians of the day in Europe, South America and Asia. His strong, instantly-recognizable sound and expressive playing are inspired by Eastern European folk, free jazz and contemporary avant-garde music.
Tomasz has mostly been known for his work with TOM TRIO [debut album nominated 2013 to the Fryderyk Award – Polish Music Industry Award], Japanese quartet AD HOC, FREE4ARTS, OCEAN FANFARE, and string of concerts S-O-L-O: 30th Birthday / 30 Concerts / 30 Cities. The youngest member of Globe Unity who worked with great artists, such as Tomasz Stańko, Evan Parker, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, Fredrik Lundin, Maria Faust, Riccardo Del Fra, Michiyo Yagi, Hiroshi Minami and Marilyn Mazur. Dąbrowski is a member of a Danish musician-run collective and record label Barefoot Records.
Tomasz Dąbrowski has always been rejecting the conventions of lineup choice: starting with a trio without a harmonic instrument, forming duos with drums and a trio with piano and drums to playing solo trumpet concerts. Working with string orchestra, writing for big band and experimenting with dance and theater. Always looking for new sounds, textures and forms of expression, proving that the unconventional has its peculiar colour and is beautiful in its own way.
„Since I was a little kid I wanted to play music, despite the fact thatnobody understood that in my family. I finally made it to the music school by the age of 13. At that time I really wanted to play saxophone, yet it was out of reach – I didn’t get picked up because unlike the other kid I didn’t have my own instrument. A course that became a blessing – I picked the trumpet and through that I dedicated my life to music both as instrumentalist, composer, and later on as educator – introducing improvisation to the next generations of artists. I have been lucky to be in the presence of some of the greatest artists of our time and saw with my own eyes that one thing they all have in common is curiosity and never ending urge to find new ways, to become better. That is the attitude I intend to take and keep for as long as possible.”
AllAboutJazz magazine named Tomasz as one of the 15 most significant European jazz musicians today .
Tomasz was awarded with artistic scholarship by Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2012, a year later he has been named „Musician of the Year” by FFJ in Denmark [Foreningen af Fynske Jazzmusikere – Årets fynske jazzmusiker 2013]. He is a member of the program „You Me – Young Musicians play Europe”
Since Dąbrowski moved to Svandinavia, he has worked and performed with some of the finest musicians and bands on the Danish scene: Marilyn Mazur, Kresten Osgood, Jacob Anderskov, Fredrik Lundin, Emil De Waal, Kasper Tranberg, the Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Hunger Pangs, Lotte Anker, AC, Simon Krabs, and Kasper Tom to name a few.
Along with that Tomasz has worked and played with artists, such us: Tomasz Stańko, David Murray, Evan Parker, Pheeroan akLaff, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Riccardo Del Fra, RJ Miller, Aaron Parks, Richard Bona, Stacey Kent, Rudi Mahall, Henrik Walsdorff, Sam Pluta, Ikue Mori, Óskar Guðjónsson, Tyshawn Sorey, Kris Davis, Jonathan Blake, Andrew Drury, Gilad Hekselman, Alex Terrier, Rodolfo Zuniga and Jaleel Shaw.