A Polish jazz-rock band, formed by Janusz Koman in 1973.
For over a dozen years of its existence the band made numerous archive recordings for the Polish Radio and TV

 ‘…I have always been fascinated by the sound – particularly of the trumpet, as I am not a big fan of the saxophone. Undoubtedly, my work has been significantly influenced by Blood, Sweat and Tears, or Chicago…’ ‘…In Poznań I approached director Napierala and I presented my offer – I want to form a band, I need help. He agreed! He gave me the money for the rehearsals, for the hotels…’

Debut – February 1973.
The appearance of the band was an event in the national show business.

The first musicians in the band were: Janusz Koman (keyboard), Wojciech Michalczyk (guitar), Jerzy Śnigurowicz (bass guitar), Maciej Czaj (drums) and Andrzej Diering (trumpet), Władysław Dobrowolski (trumpet), Marian Maślanka (trumpet), Zbigniew Wójcik (trumpet).

Krystyna Prońko started her nation-wide career with Koman Band.

The perfect harmony of the wind instrument section and the rhythm section with the singer’s voice resulted in a number of common success.

In 1973 at the 11th KFPP [National Festival of Polish Song] in Opole, and in 1975 at the 13th KFPP in Opole Prońko was awarded for the interpretation of the songs Po co ci to chłopcze [What do you need this for, boy]
(Koman/Szczepkowski) and Umarłe krajobrazy [Dead lanscapes] (Koman/Walczak), and Anioł i róża [Angel and Rose] (Koman/Szczepkowski) and Niech moje serce kołysze ciebie do snu [Let my heart rock you to sleep] (Koman-Dutkiewicz).

In 1974 at the 12th KFPP in Opole Janusz Koman received the award for the Festival’s best arranger for the song Papierowe Ptaki [Paper Birds]
(Koman-Szczepkowski) performed by Krystyna Prońko.

In the years 1974-1976 Koman Band included:
Bogdan Krajewski (guitar), J. Śnigurowicz (
bass guitar), Wojciech Tarczyński (drums, vocal), Marian Śnigurowicz (drums) and A. Diering (trumpet), W. Dobrowolski (trumpet), Tadeusz Janiak (trumpet) and Bernard Kondracki (tenor saxophone, violin).

In 1975 an album by Krystyna Prońko and Koman Band was released, entitled: Krystyna Prońko

In the same year Borys Stan started cooperating with the band, and performed with that at the 13th KFPP in Opole singing the song Chcę przy tym być [I want to be there]
(Koman/Osiecka)

In 1976 the band was dissolved due to the change of the musical profile, and Janusz Koman, playing the Fender piano and D6 clavinet, formed a new band, which included:
Paweł Serafiński (Hammond organ), Wojciech Waglewski (guitar), Waldemar Lubański (bass guitar), Andrzej Tylec (drums).

A new programme was developed during the several-week long rehearsals. Its first part was the instrumental suite Con-tinuation II, and Krystyna Prońko performed her recital in the second one.
It was then that Koman Band was under the auspices of the Polish Jazz Association Concert Agency.

In September 1976 the band started its first tour in the new composition in Łodź province, in October it performed in Warsaw clubs, in November in Katowice, Zielona Góra and the region (Lubuskie province).

In 1977 the album Moja Muzyka [My Music] by Zdzisława Sośnicka was released, which was recorded at the end of 1976, on which the musicians play soul, funky and disco music. In this case Koman Band was a strictly accompanying band.

In 1977 Waglewski was replaced by the guitarist Ramigiusz Kossacz, and the drummer Tylec by Henryk Tomala. Additionally, a new singer joined in: Leonard Kaczanowski (as a soloist, his repertoire included, among other things, the songs Dawno [Long ago], and in a duo with Krystyna Prońko W cieniu dobrzego drzewa [In the Shadow of the Good Tree].

In 1977 the band performed at the Song Festival in Sopot with Zdzisława Sośnicka, who was awarded Grand Prix du Disque.

Koman Band performed with performers such as: Omega
, Locomotiv GT, Niemen, Middle of the Road, or Brotherhood of Men.

So far most of the works and arrangements performed by the band have been composed by Koman, but occasionally individual members of the band composed as well, which may be illustrated by the works recorded at Program III (Channel 3) at the end of 1976, such as: Welon [Veil]
(Tarczyński/Skalski), or Trawiaste przywidzenie [Grassy Delusion] (Waglewski, Koman/Olewicz).

The next long play recorded with Prońko,
Deszcz w Cisnej [rain in Cisna] also comprises radio recordings.
Henryk Debich PRiTV Orchestra accompanies in the title song.

On the same year the band participated in the performance of the rock opera 3400 lat po Ikarze [3400 years after Icarus]
(music J. Koman, libretto B. Olewicz).
R. Derewend was cast in the main role. Krystyna Prońko and Andrzej Frajndt sang as well. Jerzy Milian’s Orkiestra Rozrywkowa PRiTV in Katowice and Andrzej Prugar, sound director, participated in the recording of the studio version.
Many years later fragments of the show were released on Krystyna Prońko album Osobista kolekcja 4 [Personal Collection 4] Duets (2002).

In 1979 Koman was accompanied by:
Remigiusz Kossacz (guitar), Paweł Serafiński (Hammond org), Wojciech Zalewski (bass), Czesław Bartkowski (drums).
Together with Krystyna Prońko the band toured the USSR for 8 months.

On the threshold of the seventies and eighties the following singers cooperated with the band: Hanna Banaszak and Majka Jeżowska.

In 1980 Koman Band started cooperation with the singer Andrzej Zaucha, recording, among other things, the following songs: Wieczór and rzeką zdarzeń [Evening on the Event River]
(Koman/Kondratowicz), and Dom złej dziewczyny [House of the Evil Girl] (Koman/Szczepkowski) -were released as singles.

In 1985 the band recorded an album with the Fiesta female vocal band, entitled Fiesta. The band was then composed of:
J. Koman (Fender piano), Krzysztof Barcik (guitar), P. Serafiński (
Hammond org), Maciej Latalski (bass guitar), Krzysztof Zawadzki (perc.), Paweł Twardoch (drums) and Andrzej Balsam (trumpet), A. Diering (trumpet), Maciej Sikała (tenor saxophone), Grzegorz Nagórski (trombone).
Currently the band is composed of 2 musicians: Krzysztof ‘Puma’ Piasecki (guitar), Janusz Koman (Keyb’s), and performs in the European Union.  (www.komanband.eu)

1973 – 1991 - Festival of Polish Song in Opole and other festivals.
Opole 73 - Krystyna Prońko – Umarłe Krajobrazy [Dead landscapes] (Koman-Walczak) - award in Interpretations category
Opole 74 - Janusz Koman – award for the best arrangement Papierowe Ptaki [Paper birds] (Koman-Szczepkowski) performed by Krystyna Prońko
Opole 75 - Krystyna Prońko – Anioł i Róża [ Angel and Rosa] (Koman-Szczepkowski), Niech moje serce kołysze ciebie do snu [Let my heart rock you to sleep] (Koman-Dutkiewicz) award for Interpretations
Sopot 77 - Zdzisława Sośnicka - Grand Prix du Disque,
Opole 78 - Premiere of 3400 lat po Ikarze [3400 years after Icarus] rock opera (music J. Koman, libretto B. Olewicz)
Opole 85 - JJanusz Koman for the arranging festival songs – special prize,
Opole 86 - Janusz Koman distinction for the arrangement
The following performed with the band:
Stan Borys, Zbigniew Wodecki, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Andrzej Zaucha, Hanna Banaszak, Krystyna Prońko, Zdzisława Sośnicka, FIESTA, Wojciech Waglewski, Leonard Kaczanowski, Adzik Sendecki, Maciek Sikała, Grzegorz Nagórski, Czesław "Mały" Bartkowski, Paweł Serafiński

Cooperation with Orchestras:
Henryka Debicha, Stefana Rachonia, Zbigniewa Górnego, Jerzego Miliana, Andrzeja Trzaskowskiego, PRiTV w Katowicach

Recording:
ponad 150 utworów dla Polskiego Radia, TV, Polskie Nagrania, Pronit, JKP Studio, (Wikipedia, J.Koman)

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