Hungarian Legends

Imre Kőszegi and János Solti

The “Hungarian Legends” performance is in the top place between the Hungarian participants at SopronDrum Festival. In frame of these performance we can watch playing two kings of jazz and rock drummers: Imre Kőszegi and János Solti.

János Solti is one of the best known and popular all-round drummer in Hungary. His master was Gyula Kovács in the Jazz department of the Bartók Music School. He recorded with many different artists more than 500 disks He recorded and played together with Gábor Szabó, Tony Lakatos, Krysztof Scieranski, Dave Samuels, Rainer Brüninghaus, Zbigniew Namyslowski, Ferenc Demjén, Katona Klári, Koncz Zsuzsa, Zorán, Szörényi Levente, László Attila, Szakcsi Lakatos Béla. His most popular bands are: Generál, Locomotiv GT, Hobo Blues Band, Tátrai Band, Budapest Big Band, Things, In-Line, Magyar Atom. Awards: The “Drummer of the year” Professional Award 14 times (1977-91). The “Drummer of the year” Public Award 8 times (1978-86). Two eMeRTon Award (1991, 1992) Hungaroton Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Wall of Fame (1996). Hungarian Order of Merit Knight’s Cross (2005). Artisjus Musical Foundation Award. Jávori Vilmos Ring (2008). Artisjus Musical Foundation Award for “outstanding educational work” (2009). Golden Arrow Award (2009). Fonogram Award “Outstanding Collaborator Musician Career” (2010.) Hungarian Musical School Docent

Imre Kőszegi is an excellent jazz drummer, music teacher, for a long time he was President of the Hungarian Jazz Association. One of the most active members of the Hungarian jazz scene, his play is influenced by the bebop and free jazz styles.

In 1963, Oszkár Schwarcz was his drum teacher in Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music, later he was a student of Lajos Bányai, in the studio of the National Entertainment Music Center. Between 1966 and 1970 he lives in Western Europe and plays with numerous jazz world famous stars. From 1970 he plays again with Alegár Pege, János Gonda, György Szabados, Gusztáv Csík, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos and with the Legendary Rákfogó group.

In 1975, he founded his own ensemble called Köszegi Rhythm and Brass, which is a peculiar musical group with two wooden wind instruments, a drummer and two percussionist. In 1980 he created an international music group with Jack Gregg American bass player, Zbigniev Namysłowski Polish saxophone and László Gárdonyi Hungarian pianist and they toured across Europe with great success. In Europe. From 1980 he played with György Vukán and Balázs Berkes as Super Trio. From 1977 during almost 15 years he played with the group named Drum-Show, they had successful concerts during this period. The other members where Gyula Kovács and Vilmos Jávori. In 1995 he created with Rudolf Tomsits, Gyula Babos and Aladár Pege theTake 4 ensembles and they recorded three CDs.

Between 1992 and 2009 he taught in the Jazz Department at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, and was the chairman of the Hungarian Jazz Assotiation from 2002 to 2008. He also wrote two drum training school books.During his career he has performed with almost all famous Hungarian jazz musicians and he played together with international performers like: Frank Zappa, Kenny Weehler, Pharoah Sanders, Art Farmer, Benny Bailey, Chico Freeeman, Pony Poindexter, Frank Foster, Ted Curson, Charlie Mariano, Joe Diorio, Biréli Lagréne, Eberhard Weber, Jimmy Owens, Christian Escoude, Chico Freeman, Kay Winding, Teddy Wilson, Leo Wright, Doc Cheatham, Zbigniev Namysłowski, Allan Praskin, Charles Tolliver, Milcho Leviev, Lew Taback, Jack Gregg, Lou Bennett, Al Casey, Toto Blanke, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Larry Coryell, Trilok Guru, Red Richards, Stjepko Gut, Jiggs Whigham, Hannes Beckmann, George Kelly, Michael “Patches” Stewart, Tony Scott, Teddy Wilson, Karl Berger, Steve Grossman, Jiří Stivín, Albert Mangelsdorff, Wolfgang Danner, Jimmy Woode, Joachim Kühn, Fritz Pauer, Jan Jankele, Harry Sokol. He has also performed with two famous guitarists, Attila Zoller and Gábor Szabó.He has worked on more than 150 pop music and jazz records in Hungary and abroad.

In recognition of his artistic work, he received the Nivó Prize in 1982, the eMeRTon Award in 1985, inn 1995, Szabó Gábor prize, in 1999 he was awarded the Lyra Prize, and in 2003 the Pure Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. 2009 Gramofon Hungarian JazzPrize, Artisjus Award 2010, Ferenc Lisz Prize in 2011.

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