Zbigniew Seifert

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Zbigniew Seifert
Born(1946-06-06)6 June 1946
OriginKraków, Poland
Died15 February 1979(1979-02-15) (aged 32)
Years active1970–1979
LabelsMPS, EMI, Capitol, Mood
Associated actsTomasz Stańko
Hans Koller
Janusz Muniak

Zbigniew Seifert (6 June 1946 – 15 February 1979)[1] was a Polish jazz violinist.

Seifert was born in Kraków, Poland.[1] He played alto saxophone early in his career and was influenced by John Coltrane.[1] He devoted himself to jazz violin when he began performing with the Tomasz Stańko Quintet in 1970,[1] and became one of the leading modern jazz violinists. Seifert relocated to Germany in 1973, and worked with Hans Koller's Free Sound between 1974 and 1975.[1] The following year, he performed alongside John Lewis at the Montreux Jazz Festival.[1] Seifert later recorded with Oregon.[1]

He died of cancer at the age of 32,[1] and is buried at Rakowicki Cemetery in Krakow.


As leader[edit]

  • Zbigniew Seifert (Capitol, 1977)
  • Man of the Light (MPS, 1977)
  • Solo Violin (EMI Electrola, 1978)
  • Passion (Capitol, 1979)
  • Kilimanjaro (PolJazz, 1979)
  • We'll Remember Zbiggy (Mood, 1979)
  • We'll Remember Komeda (Polonia, 1998)
  • Live in Hamburg 1978 (Milo, 2006)
  • Nora (GAD, 2010)
  • Live in Solothurn (2017)

As sideman[edit]

With Tomasz Stanko

  • Music for K (Polskie Nagrania, 1970)
  • Jazzmessage from Poland (B.Free, 1972)
  • Purple Sun (Calig, 1973)
  • W Pałacu Prymasowskim (PolJazz, 1983)

With others


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 2222/3. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.

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