- 2 Sep 2013 9:00 AM
Pianist, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos immediately caught the attention of the British critics when he played with Arnie Somogyi’s ten-piece band, Improvokation both at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and at Ronnie Scott’s. Alyn Shipton in The Times wrote of “the brilliantly eccentric pianism of Bela Szacksi Lakatos”, while John Fordham of The Guardian simply stated that “pianist Bela Szakcsi Lakatos is wonderful”.
In November 2007 he and his augmented group represented Hungary at the London Jazz Festival. His frenetically successful concert was broadcast live by Radio 3. , Krisztián Pecek Lakatos was 13 when he won the National Jazz Bass Competetion in his country that is chock-a-block full of terrific bass players – most of them Roma Gypsies (John Pattitucci was on the jury who insisted that Krisztián shares the stage with him at his own Budapest concert next day).
Krisztián has since woved London audiences several times with his astonishing mastery of the double bass. András Pecek Lakatos on the drums also won the Hungarian Radio’s talent contest for young players on his instrument and by now he is one of the drummers of his generation. He was also a member of the great pianist Béla Szakcsi Lakatos Gipsy jazz trio with which he triumphed at their sold-out concert at St.James’ Church in Piccadilly.
Entry fee: 1400 forints
The BJC is in the 13th districtat Hollán Ernő utca 7
There is no compulsion to eat or drink but there is a well stocked bar with also cocktails made to order at non-extortionate prices. For food you’ll have to resort to a staple diet of sandwiches, crisps and nuts.
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