Inspired by early Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, Tomasz Stańko, trumpet was 20 when he formed his first band in 1962 and has been a jazz hero in Europe ever since. He has made many superb recordings for ECM Records since the mid-1970s, when he was at the forefront of the free jazz scene. For most of the past decade, he has been ranked among the world’s top jazz trumpeters and composers. Stańko, trumpet will present his great, first project for ECM Records, Balladyna, based on the Polish tragedy by Juliusz Slowacki that was published in 1839. As part of his visit, the 71-year-old will give the 2015 Copernicus lecture, an annual lecture at U-M that highlights the rich variety of Polish intellectual and cultural life.