Funeral of jazz musician and composer Jerzy “Duduś” Matuszkiewicz. The ceremony took place on Wednesday in the church of Our Lady of Częstochowa. The artist was laid to rest in the Bródno Cemetery. Hanna Banaszak sang “Lullaby” over the grave of the deceased jazzman.
In the center of the church stood a wooden coffin surrounded by wreaths and flowers. Next to it is a photo of the deceased musician and his golden saxophone. On his last journey he was accompanied by friends, including Zbigniew Namysłowski, Andrzej Dąbrowski, Czesław “Mały” Bartkowski, Przemysław Dyakowski and Jerzy Bartz.
During the mass, the priest said: – Thank you for the gift of our loved ones, the late Jerzy, for this talent, the seed of which fell on fertile soil, on fertile soil. For the joy and beauty he has brought into the lives of many. He also recalled that the late Jerzy “Duduś” Matuszkiewicz was a composer of many “hits, hits and film music”. – It is his ornament when he stands before God. And God will certainly reward him a thousand times for it – he added.
The artists sang for the last time for “Duduś”
After the mass was over, the conductor, accompanied by two dixieland bands playing jazz standards, took “Duduś” to his grave. Hanna Banaszak sang “Lullaby” at the farewell over the grave, accompanied by such outstanding musicians as Andrzej Jagodziński, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Karol Dobrowolski and Robert Kuduk.
– I believe that you are with us now, that your soul rejoices that so many wonderful musicians have come to say goodbye to you and thank you with the music of which you have become a symbol and icon. You were and are the father of Polish jazz, and we are all your children – said Paweł Brodowski, editor-in-chief of “Jazz Forum”.
He noted that jazz in Poland comes from, inter alia, from the band “Melomanie” created by Jerzy “Duduś” Matuszkiewicz. He also recalled the biography of the great musician and his last performances in the Warsaw club Tygmont, together with the band “Swing Old Stars” created by “Duduś”. – I remember how you always announced your group, you liked to say that “swing” – you can hear, “old” – you can see, and “stars” – you can see and hear. I also remember you saying happy “finally I have a band of my life”, “everything that was once is not important, today we play great jazz” – recalled Brodowski.
– Your music will remain, the memory of you will remain. Reign over us with mercy for all times – concluded Paweł Brodowski.
Legendary jazzman and film music composer
Paweł Sztopmke said goodbye to music from the program of the first Polish Radio, who recalled that “Duduś” was also a great composer of film music. – His work is a moment for Polish cinema, thanks to which he entered a new world with hits. These melodies came out of the cinema and are played to this day. They mean a lot to music, he said. He also noted that on Wednesday, his works will be presented on the air every hour from 10.00 to 22.00, just before the full hour, his works will be presented, different every hour. – Thank you for being – he added.
Screenwriter Ilona Łepkowska said goodbye on behalf of Polish filmmakers. She recalled that they met at the meetings of the Main Board of ZAiKS. “When I looked at him, all the TV and movie themes were playing in my ears,” she said. – How hardly anyone felt the film and knew how to illustrate it. He was absolutely unique among film composers – she added.
Tomasz Lipiński from ZAiKS stressed that “there would be no popular music and jazz if it weren’t for Jerzy Matuszkiewicz. We all have his sounds in our ears, his beautiful melodies”.
Ryszard Pabian, the mayor of Jasło, where Jerzy Matuszkiewicz was born, was also present at the ceremony. – Our conversations always boiled down to how he missed Jasło. But he also remembered about young people, thanks to the scholarships he granted, they could improve their skills – the mayor noted.
At the end, Andrzej Rosiewicz sang a hit song composed by “Duduś” from the series “Czter 30olatek”.
Jam Session for “Duduś” will take place on Wednesday at 7 pm in the “Akwarium” club on Hoover Square.
Jerzy “Duduś” Matuszkiewicz – one of the most important musicians on the Polish jazz scene, creator of jazz history, composer of cult film soundtracks – passed away on Saturday noon on July 31, 2021. He was 93 years old
Main photo source: Rafał Guz / PAP