Stan Breckenridge – 2019 RECIPIENT OF THE AMICUS POLONIAE AWARD – is a professional musician, academician, author, and holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Claremont Graduate University In Claremont, California, USA. He has performed and given lecture-performances in England, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Slovakia, and the Ukraine. United States performances include The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Greek Theater, The Los Angeles Forum, The Los Angeles Sports Arena, The Hollywood Bowl, The Watts Summer Festival, Capitol Records, and on various national TV programs. Stan Breckenridge has appeared with and/or performed for personalities such as Madeleine Albright, Bill Cosby, Mahalia Jackson, Jerry Lewis, Martha Reeves (of the Vandellas), Larry McCormick, Greg Morris, Rowan and Martin, David Ruffin (of the Temptations), Nancy Sinatra, John Travolta, John Wayne, and many others.
Some recent performances include four appearances on Jaka to Melodia, one of Poland’s popular music programs on national TV; and a feature performance, for the Polish-American Military Picnic titled “Always close by, Safe together”, organized on the occasion of the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Stan Breckenridge has ten albums: Stan Breckenridge Performs Jazz, Blues, Rhythm & Blues, and Soul (April 15, 2019), Black and Tan Fantasy (2017 with Jazz Band Ball Orchestra), Inspirations (2014), Out of Love for Jazz (2012), Reflections (2009), A soulful Christmas (2008), This is My Song (2007), Live in Poland (2005), Solo (2003), Meditations (2001), and Expositions (1999).
In addition to performance, Dr. Breckenridge is an “Artist in Residence” Visiting Professor in the Faculty of English at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Prior to this he was the Department Chair of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Breckenridge was selected as a United States Distinguished Chair Fulbright Scholar to Poland for the 2012–2013 and 2013-2014, where he taught at the University of Marie Curie Sklodowska in Lublin, and Jagiellonian University in Kraków, respectively. He also served as a Fulbright Scholar to Poland in 2005. Dr. Breckenridge has authored three textbooks: Music Taste or Waste: Critical Listening Skills for Students, Teachers, and Parents (3rd edition, 2018); Popular Music in America: Forging the American Spirit (3rd edition, 2015); and African American Music for Everyone: Including Theater, Film and Dance (3rd edition, 2014).