Tomasz Stańko (Rzeszów, Poland, 11 July 1942 - 29 July 2018) was a Polish jazz trumpeter and composer. Often recording for ECM Records, Stańko is strongly associated with free jazz and the avant-garde.
Stańko was born in Rzeszów, Poland, on 11th July 1942. He formed the quartet Jazz Darings in 1962 with Adam Makowicz (later replaced by Janusz Muniak); this was one of the first European groups to be influenced by Ornette Coleman.
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