Dennis Borycki's father took note of how his 4 year old son would sit for hours and listen to the family record albums. One day he pronounced that Dennis would learn how to play the "King of Instruments", and voila´, an organist was born! Dennis learned his first songs by ear from his multi-instrumentalist dad, and by age 7 was taking music lessons on electronic organ from a local teacher in Los Gatos, California.
Under the guidance of Mildred Andrews Boggess, Dennis went on to earn a Masters degree in organ performance from the University of Oklahoma, and for several years thereafter, supported himself by playing for services and weddings at local churches.
Not everyone knew in those days that Dennis was as much a fan of jazz piano as he was of pipe organ. It wasn't long after college that he began moonlighting as a jazz keyboardist in the clubs around Oklahoma City.
In 1986 Borycki met MCA Master Series recording artist and Nashville session guitarist Jon Goin. Following a duo concert in which they played a collection of original music together, Jon convinced Dennis to move to Nashville, which he did in the fall of 1988. His first break came when he assumed the keyboardist duties for country star Jerry Reed. During the three years he toured with Reed, and for several years thereafter, Borycki made numerous live and taped television appearances with Reed on The Nashville Network, the Grand Ole Opry and Georgia Public Television. He also appears on Reed's recording, "Flyin' High".
Other credits include several European tours with country artist Billie Jo Spears, work on projects by Grammy winning vocalist Barbara Bailey Hutchison, violinists extraordinaire Conni Ellisor and David Davidson, a stint with 1995 Grammy jazz nominee Jeff Kirk's live ensemble, and occasional local gigs with Byron Berline’s band.
Dennis now resides with his wife in Norman, where his musical focus has centered upon writing original music, playing recording sessions and local music venues, working in his small metal shop, and teaching an enthusiastic group of keyboard students. He has contributed his musical skills to recording projects by many Oklahoma musical artists including Ty England, Katrina Elam, Jeff Fenholt, Les Gilliam, Watermelon Slim, and Robin Brooks Sullivan.
Borycki has several original recordings to his credit, including a solo piano CD entitled, "Silver Morning". Of his music, Borycki says that he “likes to create expanses as wide as the desert sky, into which listeners can journey and explore as they make contact with their own imagination.” His is music to ease the mind and soothe the soul. Jazz fans won’t be disappointed.
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The Performing Arts Studio Jazz Series is made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.