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2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...


Billy Prim


Billy Prim was born in Larisa , Greece in 1997. He started playing drums at the age of 15. His musical studies include 6 years of classical piano lesson. Billy he finished his basic education in Greece but after all that the music placed him somewhere else. He moved to Hungary and there he studied the drums. During and after his studies Billy was joining several musical projects, recordings and tours with different ensembles of different genres of music. Billy keeps going on with his musical journey, improvement, looks forward to new challenges, experiments for a better and newer experience


Rozina Patkai

The classically trained, young Hungarian singer, Rozina Pátkai found her true voice as a jazz artist. For the past three years she has been thrilling fans with her bossa nova infused compositions, earning honors at numerous competitions, Jazz and Fringe festivals throughout Europe.


Csuhaj-Barna Tibor


Tibor Csuhaj-Barna was born in Dunajvaros ( Hungary ) at the age of 8-13 he received classical piano lessons.1979 began to play electric gitar and slowly moved to play electric bass. From 1987 to 1990 he studied jazz double bass at the jazz department of Bela Bartok Conservatory , and from 1994 at the Jazz Departement of Ferenc Liszt Music Academy. He’s teacher was BalazsBerkes. He was a member of many outstanding bands in the past 20 years, such as the Binder Trio, Brass Age, Regos Quartet,, etc. Besides jazz, he also played folk music for 13 years in the Vasmalom Band


Attila László


Having graduated as an architect from the Technical University Budapest (BME), and as guitarist from the Jazz Faculty of the Béla Bartók Conservatory, he started to play in leading Hungarian jazz bands. He founded his own band, the group „Kaszakő” in 1975, which had a really original sound. Their first record was published under the title Édenkert (Garden of Eden) in 1983. He formed the group „Things” with sax player Tony Lakatos in 1985, which functioned for a period of seven years. During his career he played with such world famous jazz musicians as Randy Brecker, Anthony Jackson, James Moody, Tommy Campbell, David Friedman, Gary Willis, Hiram Bullock, Billy Cobham, Miroslav Vitous, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, IlaiyaRaaja, Jimmy Haslip, Russell Ferrante and Patti Austin. He has been teaching at the Jazz Department (formerly faculty) since 1987, and is currently the Associate Professor of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, as well as the leader of its big band


Orsi Kozma Quartet

The Orsi Kozma Quartet has been a unique colour on the palette of the Hungarian jazz scene ever since their debut in 2008. Soulprints is their third studio album, and, as in case of a band that has been making music together for seven years now, the sound of the album is mature and is very much worthy of its predecessors – Hide and Seek (2008), Embrace (2010) – yet offers a unique, fresh voice, showing the band’s capability to be true to their sound, yet create a fresh and exciting new tone. This album is richer and much more refined than ‘Hide and Seek’, the formation’s firstborn, which became a Fonogram Music Award nominee immediately upon its release in 2008 and has also been released in Japan in 2010. The songs of the Soulprints album truly are “prints of the soul”: they are mood-patchworks which project an important stage in the history of the Quartet


Endre Huszar


'Versatility' is probably the word that would describe best Endre Huszár's career: beside being a musician/composer, he is also known as a journalist and media expert. While playing with many leading Hungarian acts in a wide range of genres from pop, alternative rock to jazz and world music, he formed his jazz fusion project, the 9:30 Collective in 1995. Meanwhile, he also contributed to other projects as a sound engineer and arranger and composed music for commercials, theater and various other applications. In addition to his musical work, he was the operational director of 92.9 Sztar Radio, which was one of the most successful pioneers of Hungarian commercial broadcasting


Aron Koos-Hutas

Aron Koos-Hutas is a Hungarian trumpet player, producer, songwriter. He began dealing with music at a young age and performed in various musical venues throughout his childhood. At the beginning he was inspired by Maurice Andre and chose the trumpet as his instrument. Now his trumpet playing is primarily inspired by the listening experiences of Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Michael Jackson and the Earth, Wind and Fire. Aron received classical trumpet education at the Lajtha László Musical School from 1991 and at the Weiner Leo Classical Music Highschool from 1997


Bálint Gyémánt

Bálint Gyémánt is one of the most outstanding and versatile guitarists of the Hungarian music scene, constantly exploring new genres and new styles. He was the first Hungarian student ever to receive a scholarship to the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. Bálint graduated at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in 2008 as a jazz guitarist and professor of music, and received a Master's degree in 2012.
 As a composer and guitarist, his current projects include electronic trio Bin-Jip, his duo with vocalist Veronika Harcsa, the Transform Quintet, and his brand new jazz power trio called Gyémánt Bálint Trio


Karoly Binder


Károly Binder is a Hungarian jazz pianist, composer and university professor. He is the head of the jazz department at the Music Teachers Training Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. A great musician who applied his talent for new trends, different cultures, different composing techniques and synthesis of improvising systems, without forgetting his own cultural roots. He has composed 318 chamber and piano pieces, 43 pieces for films, plays and radio theatres. He has released 67 LPs and CDs, most of them his own compositions. Binder played among others with {{Jiri Stivin = 4639}}, Ramesh Shotham, {{Charlie Mariano = 9072}}, {{Theo Jörgensmann = 8220}}, Mihály Dresch, John Tchicai, {{Barre Phillips = 10270}} and Róbert Benkő, Harry Becket, Theo Jörgensmann, Eckhard Koltesmann, Berndt Köppen, Trilok Gurtu, Federico Sanesi, Charlie Mariano, Barre Phillips, ...


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