- 3 Oct 2013 10:35 AM
Jazzy Festival - Energetic jamming fills a modern Buda auditorium during this concert series highlighting world-famous contemporary bands. Britain’s acid-jazz maestros of Incognito get funky on the festival’s first night, followed by nu jazz laced with Brazilian beats from Germany’s swinging Club des Belugas quartet. October 18-19, 8pm each night: MOM Cultural Center.
Enjoy fine eats and hot beats at Budapest’s most popular clubs offering live jazz shows along with delicious meals, all presented amid distinctive settings.
Columbus Jazz Club - This musical pleasure boat is permanently docked on the Pest bank, where numerous Hungarian groovers come aboard to perform before a backdrop of stunning riverscape vistas.
If Kávézó - An artistic vibe envelops guests at this intimate hangout on hip Ráday Street, with contemporary paintings on the walls and creative players jamming in varied styles almost nightly.
Ladó Café - Among many notable groups gracing the stage at this classic city-center cabaret serving dinners of traditional Hungarian cuisine, the Hot Jazz Band appears every Wednesday at 8pm.
Mezzo - Modern style and Art Deco aesthetics surround diners at this tasteful music restaurant in downtown Buda, where up-and-coming talents of the local jazz scene enliven romantic evenings.
Opus Jazz Club - As a newcomer to Budapest’s nightlife, this welcoming hotspot provides affordable dishes (including gourmet burgers) while staging frequent concerts by international musicians.
“Lifelover” - October 3, 7:30pm – Palace of Arts
Listen to heartfelt tunes from a new album of sensuous sounds by the Hungarian jazz duo formed by darling songbird Veronika Harcsa and guitarist Bálint Gyémánt - pictured above - performing in a massive concert hall.
Flat Earth Society - October 7, 7:30pm – A38 Ship
This outré Belgian outfit for experimental big-band tunes rocks the boat with intriguing cacophonies of blasting horns and hard-driving guitar rhythms, enlivened by jags of accordion and vibraphone.
Trace Bundy - October 7, 8pm – Budapest Jazz Club
Using his unique finger-tapping style of guitar-picking mastery featuring looping and multiple capos, America’s “Acoustic Ninja” plays incredibly intricate instrumental melodies with a bluesy touch.
“Sinatra And Friends” - October 11, 9pm – Orfeum
Feel that ring-a-ding-ding thing when Magyar showman Gábriel Gábor Farkas sings swingin’ hits by the Chairman of the Board and his Rat Pack cohorts, staged amid a deluxe lounge with dinner available.
John Abercrombie Quartet - October 15, 8pm – Budapest Jazz Club
As a post-bop pioneer who performed with scores of musical greats over the past four decades, avant-garde American guitarist John Abercrombie constantly experiments with the future of progressive jazz.
Mike Stern Band - October 16, 8pm – Budapest Jazz Club
Living-legend jazz guitarist Mike Stern – a veteran of Blood, Sweat & Tears and bandmate with Miles Davis – returns to Budapest with bassist Tom Kennedy, drummer Keith Carlock, and sax man Bob Malach.
Maria Baptist - October 19, 7pm – Átrium Theater
Hear the spirited piano artistry of unconventional German composer and professor Maria Baptist as she performs contemporary big-band music with the Budapest Jazz Orchestra in a recently renovated venue.
Kenny Garrett Quintet - October 22 and 23, 8pm each night – Budapest Jazz Club
Grammy-winning jazz-fusion bandleader Kenny Garrett plays improvisational saxophone rhythms along with songs from his newly released album “Seeds from the Underground” in back-to-back Budapest concerts.
“Mi Padre” - October 24, 7:30pm – Palace of Arts
Dozens of impressive Magyar musicians share the stage for this memorial concert honoring internationally renowned jazz drummer Vilmos Jávori (1945-2007), all brought together by his composer son Dávid.
“Arabesque” - October 29, 8pm – Palace of Arts
Alluring Hungarian singer-songwriter Eszter Váczi leads her quartet in a performance with Tunesian oud lutist Hamdi Makhlouf, creating an entrancing fusion of authentic Arabic music and modern jazz.
Benkó Dixieland Band - October 30, 6pm – Benkó Dixieland Club
Since 1957, this globe-trotting Magyar ensemble plays classic melodies of old-time New Orleans along with unpredictable arrangements of varied music styles – hear them live at the group’s own cabaret.
“Simply Swing!” - October 31, 9pm – Orfeum
Sultry Hungarian songstress Adél Csobot takes guests back in time with a passionate revue featuring exuberant renditions of jazz standards from the 1930s and ’40s to today, accompanied by a live band.
Courtesy Of Where Budapest Magazine