I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the Adam Makowicz concert, especially since I’m not a huge jazz aficionado. However, it was definitely jazz I could get down with. Makowicz is an older gentleman, and he is so adorable – totally looks like a Polish dziadek (grandfather), and I mean that in the best way.
I don’t think I’ve been in the Chopin Theatre before except for maybe a field trip in eight grade to see some random Shakespeare play, but it’s a unique and cozy theater. I thought there would be way more people at the performance since Makowicz hasn’t been in Chicago for over 20 years, but it was also enjoyable to be in a less crowded, more intimate setting.
He pretty much played for two full hours covering a mix of Chopin classics (in his unique jazz style), jazz standards (aka Great American Songbook) and a few original pieces, too. I really enjoyed hearing his jazz versions of Chopin songs – I hadn’t heard that before and it fit perfectly. I also really loved hearing some of the jazz standards, especially Someone to Watch Over Me. I finally accepted that I take possible the worst video footage in the world, so I didn’t get any video from last night, and now I’m kind of sad because YouTube’s selection of videos to link to is pretty poor. (The only video I found featuring his take on Someone to Watch Over Me was from some random Mexico Gastronomic Event.)