40 years, 40 bands – Debrecen Jazz Festival

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The fist jazz night of Debrecen, which meant the opening event of Debrecen Jazz Days, was held 40 years ago. This year, on the apropos of the anniversary, 186 jazz musicians are playing at 5 places during the 4 days of the festival. The guest artists are from 11 countries.

According to the traditions, world-famous artists are coming, as well as actors of jazz life from the neighbouring countries. Visitors can also listen to all generations of Hungarian jazz players, even the representatives of the newest genres.
In the colorful variety of styles, all fans of jazz can find their favourites.
This year’s festival is happening at all places of Kölcsey Center: concerts are held in the Grand Hall, the Ballroom, the Exhibition Hall and the foyer, as well as in the open stage of Baltazár Square and the garden of MODEM.
Most of the concerts are of free attendance, and for the highlighted ones guest can buy tickets on reduced prices.
Accompanying events include the painter László Gyémánt’s exhibition of jazz portraits, a photo exhibition on the 40 years of the Jazz Festival and the demonstration of the drum museum of Cegléd.

Programmes for 2 September (Friday)
4.00-5.00 PM, Baltazár Square
Egri & Pluto Active Electric Basses
János Egri – bass, József Horváth Pluto – bass, Roland Balogh – guitar, Zoltán Balogh – bass, Emil „Emilio” Jelinek– drums

5.00-6.00 PM, Bényi Árpád room
Linda Kovács – György Orbán Duo

Linde Kovács – vocal, György Orbán – doublebass

5.30 – 6.30 PM, Baltazár Square
Fusio Group
István Elek – saxophone, János Kormos – guitar, Áron Romhányi – keyboards, Tamás Barabás – bass, Péter Szendőfi – drums, composer

6.00 – 7.00 PM, Grand Hall
The New Soul Band
Edina Mókus Szirtes – vocal, violin, Balázs Cserta – winds, Péter Sárik – keyboards, György Frey – bass, Tamás Berdisz – drums
6.00 – 7.00 PM, Exhibition Hall
Thea Soti – Ferenc Éder Duo
Thea Soti – piano, vocal, Ferenc Éder – bass

6.30 – 7.30 PM, Ballroom
Luiza Zan (RO) – István Gyárfás – Balázs Berkes Trio
Luiza Zan – vocal, István Gyárfás – guitar, Balázs Berkes – doublebass

7.00 – 8.00 PM, Baltazár Square
Kornél Fekete-Kovács Quintet
Kornél Fekete-Kovács – trumpet, cornopean, Gábor Bolla – saxophone, clarinet, Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos – piano, Márton Soós – doublebass, András Mohay – drums

7.00 – 8.00 PM, Exhibition Hall
Ágnes Lakatos – Tibor Csuhaj Barna Duo
Ágnes Lakatos – vocal, Tibor Csuhaj Barna – doublebass

7.30 – 8.30 PM, Grand Hall
Szakcsi Climate Change
Béla Szakcsi Lakatos – piano, Mihály Dresch – saxophone, József Barcza Horváth – doublebass, Elemér Balázs – drums

8.00 – 9.00 PM, Ballroom
Trio Acoustic
Zoltán Oláh – piano, Péter Oláh – doublebass, András Pecek Lakatos – drums

8.30 – 9.30 PM, MODEM garden
Eszter Váczi and the Quartet
Eszter Váczi – vocals, Bálint Gátos bass, István Gátos – keyboards, Zsolt Mike – drums, Zoltán Schneider – guitar

9.00 – 10.30 PM, Grand Hall
Chano Domínguez Trio
Chano Domínguez – piano, Felipe Cabrera – doublebass, Inor Sotolongo – drums

10.00- 11.00 PM, MODEM garden
Veronika Harcsa – vocals, Zsolt Kaltenecker – keyboards, Bálint Gyémánt – guitar, Andrew J – rhythm, sound samples, scratch

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