Marek Boym

Born in 1941 in what is now Ukraine but at the time was Lvov, Poland, Marek Boym's early years were dominated by forced family migrations related to World War II. He first heard a swinging jazz band as a 12-year-old behind the Iron Curtain and became hooked. Until that time jazz had been taboo in Communist countries. In 1955 he attended an Acker Bilk concert in Wrocław, Poland. He has lived in Israel since 1957, where he has pursued his love of traditional jazz. He was a correspondent for The Mississippi Rag and has also been published in The Jazz Forum, a Polish monthly.