Bronek Suchanek is one of the most respected double bass players in New England, known for his ability to straddle both the Jazz and Classical genres. After immigrating to the Boston area, he made a name for himself playing and recording with such big bands as the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Woody Herman Big Band, and Kenny Hadley Big Band. He has recorded and performed with numerous small jazz groups, accompanying such jazz artists as Rebecca Parris, Herb Pomeroy, and Amanda Carr. He has toured the world with appearances at the JVC North Sea, Montreux, Berlin, and Newport Jazz Festivals.
While pursuing a jazz career, he continues to keep up his classical skill by playing bass with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and other classical ensembles. He has been an artist faculty member at University of Southern Maine since 1994.
Born in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, Suchanek received a Master's Degree in performance from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. During the early part of his career he toured Europe with trumpeter Tomasz Stanko and violinist Zbigniew Seifert. After immigrating to Sweden, he played and recorded with the Swedish Radio Jazz Group under the direction of George Russell. He began teaching jazz courses at Power House Music School in Orebro and completed a course for jazz educators at the Royal Music Academy in Stockholm.
M.A.Music Academy Katowice. Poland
MUSI 549: String Bass
active bassist in the New England area