Miho Hazama, a Japanese-born, New York-based conductor, is being hailed as a worthy successor to Grammy Award winners Maria Schneider and Jim McNeely. Hazama with the world-famous Dutch band Metropole Orkest will make her debut in Hungary on September 16 at the Müpa.

Martien Oster is permanent member of the Vincent Herring Quartet. He has recorded albums with Dr. Lonnie Smith & Diana Krall, among others. He moved to Budapest a couple of weeks ago to help one of his sons with his studies. Whilst here, he has found himself absorbed by the exciting jazz scene in Budapest. He even visited the Érdi Jazz Club with the Gyárfás-Premecz Organ Trio, and we asked him to join in which he did, so we could enjoy his guitar playing.

In the middle of the celebration of the International Jazz Day, there will be a memorial concert to Wes Montgomery. István Gyárfás, Ádám Bögöthy and Billy Prim will remember through music to the guitarist-composer Wes Montgomery who died 53 years ago. The streaming starts on the 29th of April at 18:00 CET from iF.

We usually hear about the Erasmus programme when someone we know of wins a scholarship to another country, but we pay less attention to those who win an Erasmus scholarship to our country. They spend half or even a  whole year in Hungary at a Hungarian university. Filip Dinev from Macedonia was admitted to the Liszt Ferenc University of Music thanks to this programme, and the result is an album.

A zenésznek a zene nem csak hivatás, kenyérkereset vagy megszállottság, de mindenek felett örömforrás. A MagyarJazz újabb sorozata keretében munkatársunk, Pallai Péter kérdezi a magyar jazzvilág nagyjait, mi az a tíz zenedarab, amit a legszívesebben hallgat saját épülésére, amikor éppen nem szakmázik? Péter ez alkalommal kivételt tett, és a Magyarországon roppant népszerű brit énekesnőnek, Liane Carrollnak is feltette a kérdést. Liane válaszai eredetiben és fordításban is alább olvashatók.
*** Music for a musician is not just a profession, a way of making a  living or an obsession but, above all, a source of joy.  In this new series of MagyarJazz our correspondent, Peter Pallai has been asking some Hungarian jazz greats to name ten pieces of music they love most to listen to for their own pleasure when they are not actually honing their craft. This time, however, he put this question to the British singer, Liane Carroll who is immensely popular in Hungary. Here are Liane’s answers in the original:

Frankfurt-based Hungarian saxophonist Tony Lakatos was recently awarded the prestigious Jazz Award of the Hesse Ministry of Science and the Arts. As this year’s recipient, he was presented the prize at a concert in Frankfurt at the end of September.

The Voicingers 2020

2020. szeptember 27.

12 years ago The Voicingers festival was born to serve music, musicians and music lovers, and to cherish the hunger for live music experience, both among performers and listeners. The Voicingers Festival supports the work of young professionals whose artistic path has already begun. Last year we could enjoy also in Hungary the workshops, jam sessions and concerts in Fonó in September. And this year a fantastic Hungarian percussionist, András Dés was invited to teach and to a concert.

If you attend the 6th Jazz fest of the suburban town of Érd, you might end up listening to the aural pleasures next to the bust of the English patient. Kornél Zipernovszky tells you how.

Much of the music that gets pigeonholed as „world music” nowadays has a problem: it wants to bridge the two banks, ancient and modern so much that it forgets about the water underneath. New York-based Hungarian singer Nikolett Pankovits has come forward with a brilliant new record. River seems to me about knowing where the water flows, where the banks are, and how to bridge those distant banks.

Keyboardist Viktor Bori teamed up with multi-instrumentalist 10BEL to groove in a way that is more typical of his children’s generation than his own – but it sure keeps your feet tapping.

People familiar with the Hungarian jazz scene and its historical background would reply to the question above: a lot, indeed. Béla Szakcsi Lakatos has been the only Artist of the Nation  jazz musician to date, which is the highest state award for a performing artist.

On Wednesday, July 1st, it was my great pleasure to attend the Opus Jazz Club’s post-lockdown re-opening concert in Budapest, performed by the Mihály Borbély Quartet. This was a magnificent demonstration of musical prowess by one of Hungary’s most distinctive, well-celebrated jazz combos. But more than that, it was a joyful celebration of life bursting the bonds of confinement – an ecstatic serving forth of musical zest that got our limbs swaying and left our faces beaming.

At the second jazz studies international symposium held in conjunction with the Müpa Jazz Showcase various issues are explored by distinguished lecturers from abroad and from Hungary, among them jury members of the Showcase.

Jazz concert review by Keith J. Taylor

Jazz koncertek - Jazz Concerts in Hungary

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