Jazz koncertek - Jazz Concerts in Hungary

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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