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Lajos Dudas

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Lajos Dudas was born in Budapest/Hungary and studied there at the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (1958-1963), laying the foundations for his successful career not only as jazz and pop/rock musician but also on the classical side (Strawinsky: Three Solopieces, Weber: Clarinet Quintet, Glazunow: Concerto for Altosax...)

He won international recognition, above all, with his successful composition URBAN BLUES at the International Jazz Competition in Monaco 1982. Joachim-Ernst Berendt writes in his THE GREAT JAZZBOOK : “Dudas is a stylist highly regarded in Europe for the tenderness and lightness of his free-tonal playing.” — “...and he can also plays the good old american blues.” CKCU-FM / Ottawa. In the 1980s he was ranked high year after year in the 'Top People Poll' the famous International Jazz Forum. After his period as a freelance musician (1963-73) Dudas has been a lecturer (School of Music in Neuss/GER) and also taught from 1975 to 1985 at the Rheinland College of Education. In addition, since 1976, after a short concentrating on classical music, he worked with well-known musicians on recordings, Radio-, TV-productions and tours : they include Albert Mangelsdorff, Karl Berger, Gerd Dudek, Tom van der Geld, Attila Zoller, Howard Johnson, Philipp van Endert, Tommy Vig, Charles Tolliver, Leonard Jones, Theo Joergensmann, Vitold Rek, etc... CREATIVE WORKS: over 65 Singles/LPs/CDs — Numerous Radio- and TV- Productions : ORF/Vienna, Bavarian Radio/Munich, West German Radio & Television/Cologne, Jazzmeeting Baden-Baden/SWR, Hungarian Radio/Budapest, Frankfurt Radio Jazz Group...

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Radio Days Vol. 2

Label: RaRecords & Film
Released: 2022
Track listing: Soft Waves; Detour; No Dance; Back to LA; Suspicion; Salut to Benny & Lionel; Urban Blues; Mistral; Children at Play; Take 5; Fragments; Adagio; Fuga; Haddapple Beach; Tucking in; Gambler; Change of Time; Reni’s Ballad; Homage to O.P.; Bourree (BWV 996); All of Me; Blueduet; Miles; Toledo; Deep Purple.

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Lajos Dudas: Radio Days Vol. 2

Read "Radio Days Vol. 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


The previous compilation Radio Days: The Music Of Lajos Dudas (JazzSick Records, 2016) was released to celebrate German-Hungarian jazz clarinetist/composer Lajos Dudas' 75th birthday. It collected performances dating from 1984 to the early 2000s: about twenty years. The new volume's coverage is both wider and deeper. The dates range from 1976 to 2017—over forty years—and the ...

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The Lake and the Music

Label: JazzSick Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Lady Is a Tramp; Sweet Georgia Brown; A Thousand Dreams; Gloomy Sunday; Out of Nowhere; All of Me; A Foggy Day; Filthy McNasty; St. Thomas; But I..?.

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Lajos Dudas: The Lake and the Music

Read "The Lake and the Music" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


The Hungarian-born, German-resident clarinetist Lajos Dudas has a lengthy discography, and his long career was celebrated by the Vimeo video Ein Künstlerportrait. He has played classical music, and jazz from bebop to free. But, for what he says is his final album, he has chosen to play fresh interpretations of jazz standards and songs from the ...

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Lajos Dudas: The Lake and the Music

Read "The Lake and the Music" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


At 80-years old, clarinetist Lajos Dudas is dropping off the keys to the recording studio while making his way out—Dudas claims this is his last recording and, if true, he ends things on a high note at the intersection of The Great American Songbook and free jazz. Dudas' previous recording, Return to the Future (Jazzsick Records, ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Lajos Dudas

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lajos Dudas

All About Jazz is celebrating Lajos Dudas' birthday today! Lajos Dudas was born in Budapest/Hungary and studied there at the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (1958-1963), laying the foundations for his successful career not only as jazz and pop/rock musician but also on the classical side (Strawinsky: Three Solopieces, Weber: Clarinet ...

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Return to the Future

Label: JazzSick Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Miniaturen; Echos; Changes of Time; Night Fall; Real Bebop; Walk in the City; Ordinary Memory; Convergence; All the Things You Are; Eleven and Hal Bar Blues.

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Article: Album Review

Lajos Dudas: Return to the Future

Read "Return to the Future" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Hungarian/German clarinetist Lajos Dudas has had his long career celebrated by the Vimeo video Ein Künstlerportrait, along with the accompanying Munich Concert video. This album follows with a career retrospective from 1979 to 2013, focusing primarily on his original music, in a variety of settings. Dudas calls it “the ultimate summary," a “selection of notable and ...

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Lajos Dudas: Return to the Future

Read "Return to the Future" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


German-Hungarian clarinetist Lajos Dudas shows little inclination in slowing things down as he turns 78 years young next birthday. He has stopped for the moment to program an informative retrospective of his lengthy career in Return to the Future, a collection of ten live performances bookended by two quartet performances in Cologne in 1979 and 2013. ...


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