The 606 Jazz Club and the Budapest Jazz Club
Wednesday September 23- Friday September 25
Continuing its now well-established association with the Hungarian jazz scene, and the Budapest Jazz Club in particular, the 606 Club is excited to present this three-day festival featuring some of Hungary’s finest musicians joining with British stars to perform in an extraordinary Trans-European jazz collaboration. Liliana Chachian (vocals), Steve Fishwick (trumpet), Gareth Williams and Jim Watson (piano) and Winston Clifford and James Maddren (drums) are among the British jazz stars playing with the cream of Hungarian talent, including vocalists Juli Fabian and Claudia Campagnol, saxophonists Sándor Molnár, János Ávéd and Gabor Bolla, pianist József Balázs, guitarist Istvan Gyárfás and drummers Elemér Balázs and Márton Juhász during this dazzling mini festival. All hand-picked for their unique approach to playing/performing, we believe that bringing together these renowned musicians from different corners of the jazz world will result in original, beautiful, exciting and most of all thoroughly enjoyable music.
The 606 Club would like to thank Harmonia Muhely Alapitvany for their invaluable assistance in facilitating this festival.
:: EVENT SCHEDULE ::
Wednesday 23 September
Thursday 24 September
Friday 25 September
Second set 11.00pm-12.30pm:
:: PROGRAMME NOTES ::
JULI FÁBIÁN (WEDNESDAY 8:00PM) One of Hungary’s foremost jazz singers Julianna Fabian has made a significant impact on the European jazz scene with her mature performances, distinctive jazz style and impressive flair for improvisation. Twice a finalist in the Shure Voice Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival, her combination of jazz standards and contemporary material combined with effortless vocal improvisations have made her a favourite of audiences around Europe. A voice coach on the Hungarian version of the X Factor (well, someone has to do it!) her powerful and sophisticated vocals have been heard in a variety of different settings, from jazz duos with the highly rated Hungarian jazz pianist Peter Sarik through her own quartets to the vocal/DJ led Electro-Acoustic band “Juli Fabian & Zoohacker”. But it is undoubtedly jazz that is Juli’s first love and it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this wonderful singer back to the Club once again. This evening, in keeping with the philosophy of the festival, Juli will be performing with an exciting mix of UK and Hungarian musicians: Istvan Gyárfás-guitar, Mátyás Hofecker-bass, Winston Clifford-drums and Special Guest Steve Rubie-flute. Highly recommended.
“Julianna Fabian...has a voice like honey with chilli peppers” Peter Pallai;
SANDOR MOLNÁR (WEDNESDAY 9:45PM) Now in his late 20's this award-winning Hungarian saxophonist has been making quite an impression on the European jazz scene of late. After commencing his studies as a teenager at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Miskolc Sandor went on to specialise in Jazz studies at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. Graduating in 2011 he then went on to get his masters degree in music from the University of Graz, finally graduating in 2014. Since then his incisive, fluent and melodic sax playing has been heard with a host of established names on the European jazz scene, including the likes of the iconic pianist Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Robert Lakatos, Gábor Bolla (24th), Kálmán Oláh and György Orbán. The music will be a mix of contemporary jazz standards and originals and accompanying Sandor this evening will be a world-class rhythm section of Gareth Williams (UK - Claire Martin, Pee Wee Ellis) piano, Yuri Goloubev (UK - Gwilym Simcock) bass and the award-winning Hungarian drummer Márton Juhász (Peter King, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos).
GABOR BOLLA (THURSDAY 8:00PM) A child prodigy, Gábor was 12 when he won first prize in the National Music Schools' Competition and only 14 when he appeared at the Getxo Jazz Festival in Bilbao. By the time he formed his first quartet in 2003 Gábor, then aged just 15, was already considered a prodigious saxophone talent. Since then he has reached the semi-finals of the World Saxophone Competition twice and has become an international success with performances at the Yatra Jazz Festival in India, the Bucharest Jazz Festival, the Peter & Paul Festival in St Petersburg and the London Jazz Festival as well as winning a variety of awards, including the Hans Koller Prize for the Talent of the Year in Vienna and both the Grand Prix and the Prix du Public at the 2005 Avignon Jazz Festival in France. Now a seasoned international recording and performing artist, he includes work with the likes of David Murray, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin and Roy Hargrove on a hugely impressive CV. A regular visitor to the 606 Club (he first performed here when he was just 14), it’s with great pleasure that we welcome back this fine artist, tonight supported by a not surprisingly top flight Anglo-Hungarian rhythm section of József Balázs-piano, Adam King-bass and Elemér Balázs-drums with Special Guest Steve Fishwick-trumpet. The music is very much in the hard-bop mould of the 50’s and 60’s, so expect accessible, enjoyable straight-ahead jazz with a repertoire that includes standards as well as some of Gábor’s own great originals.
“We can count ourselves lucky if once in a hundred years we have such a stellar talent as Gábor Bolla” Gramafon Magazine
JÁNOS ÁVED (THURSDAY 9:45PM) One of the leading saxophonists of his generation, János Ávéd’s muscular and fluent tenor sax playing has been heard extensively not only in his native Hungary but throughout Europe. Although he graduated from the Jazz Department of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 2009 János was already a busy musician, performing extensively with a variety of different groups in and around Hungary since 2006. Since graduating his consummate musicianship and thirst for musical challenges have led to him to perform in a variety of different musical settings, from his Jelen Trio, specialising in “free form” through his János Ávéd trios and quartets which are vehicles for his melodic “straight ahead” approach to the Blue Bunny Hammond Band which is very much in the Funk/Groove style. He has performed, not surprisingly, with an impressive selection of the best musicians around, including ex Mike Brecker keyboardist Joey Calderazzo and the cream of Hungarian jazz scene (many of whom have already appeared here at the Club), including the likes of Kálmán Oláh, Elemér Balázs, Gábor Gadó and Nikoletta Szőke. He is currently one of the featured saxophonists with the prestigious European Saxophone Ensemble. Tonight János will be supported by the brilliant UK rhythm section of Jim Watson-piano, Adam King-bass and James Maddren-drums. Highly recommended.
“Ávéd…fantastic Sax solo…sublime…” Buzz In Town
CLAUDIA CAMPAGNOL (FRIDAY 9:00PM) Born in Hungary to parents who are both professional musicians (her father is a pianist her mother a singer), Claudia was clearly destined to become a performer of real quality. The whole family moved to Sweden when Claudia was a small child and by the age of 12 she could be seen “guesting” on her parents gigs in venues all around the country. After graduating from the University of Music in Malmoe, Claudia, appearing as Claudia Dancs, rapidly established herself as one of the leading singers of her generation. After several years of working in Sweden and around Europe, including Hungary where she still has strong ties, she settled in Copenhagen, Denmark where she met and married the Italian drummer Niclas Campagnol. After taking time out following the birth of her son, Claudia is once again establishing herself as a world-class vocalist, her career going from strength to strength as she consistently delivers mature performances in a distinctive jazz style, while showcasing an impressive flair for improvisation. A multi-instrumentalist and composer as well as performer, her combination of jazz standards and original contemporary material have made her a favourite of audiences everywhere. Tonight she will be accompanied by József Balázs-piano, Mark Lewandowski-bass and Elemér Balázs-drums, and look out for a Special Guest appearance from the 606 Club’s own Steve Rubie on flute.
"Claudia Campagnol…vocal jazz of the highest calibre with international stardust "Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen;
SAMARA WITH SPECIAL GUEST JÁNOS ÁVED, SAXOPHONE (FRIDAY 10:45PM) is a six-piece jazz/Latin group which I lead on sax and flute, and suffice it to say we all think the guys in the band are just great! The pianist Steve Lodder works with the likes of Andy Sheppard, Monica Vasconcelos and Ernestine Anderson, Dill Katz, the bass player is visiting professor at the Guildhall, Nic France the drummer has worked with just about everyone, including Dave Gilmore (Pink Floyd) and Bill Withers, while the percussionist, Dawson Miller, is generally recognised as one of the most versatile and experienced players on the scene. Singer Liliana Chachian is considered to be one of the finest Brazilian vocalists currently working in Europe, with an unerring gift for melody and phrasing. Tonight, in the spirit of Anglo-Hungarian glasnost the band will also feature an old friend and brilliant Hungarian saxophonist János Ávéd (Thu 24th). The music is an infectious blend of Brazilian Samba, jazz/latin and soul, and everyone has a great time!
“Cracking Latin-jazz quintet led by 606 proprietor Steve Rubie on flute and alto saxophone…explores these Latin jazz classics in great rhythmic style” Time Out;
The 606 Club would like to thank Peter Pallai of the Budapest Jazz Club and the Hungarian Cultural Centre for their support in facilitating this Festival.