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Balassi Jazz Club with Balázs Nagy saxophonist

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Date: 14 May 2019, 7 PM - Balassi Institute

The host of the Balassi Jazz Club is Tamás Zsári, a Hungarian saxophonist who invites a prominent Hungarian or Belgian musician as a guest artist at the different concerts.

This evening's special guest will be Balázs Nagy, saxophone player.
During the upcoming concert Tamás Zsári and Balázs Nagy will play together with Gábor Ladányi - guitar, Bart De Nolf - double bass and Bruno Castelucci - drums.


Tamás Zsári – saxophone

He was born in Budapest and graduated at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. After graduation he moved to the USA and lived there for 3 years. In 2001, he accepted the invitation of Budapest Jazz Orchestra and joined the ensemble. He is one of the founding members of Modern Art Orchestra. He played together with many well-known musicians, such as Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Dave Liebman. With his band he also plays his own compositions. He performed at several festivals in Hungary and in Europe. He currently lives in Brussels.


Bart De Nolf – double bass

He was born in 1965 in Brugge, Belgium and graduated at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent in 1987 for classical double bass. Since 1988, he has been a professor at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent and Brussels. As of 1986, he is a member of “BRT Jazz Orchestra”. He also played with pop bands, and took part in concerts with several freelance musicians. He was a member of the Toots Thielemans Quartet, with which he performed in Europe and around the world.


Bruno Castellucci – drums

He was born in Chatelet, Belgium. At the age of 14, he started to play the drums in an autodidactic way. In 1962, he won the 1st prize at the Adolph Sax Dinant Jazz Festival. From 1963 he has been a member of the Jazz quintet of Alex Scorier. Since 1970, he has taken part in recording sessions in several countries. Between 1974 and 1981, he was a member of the BRT Jazz Orchestra, and he was a steady member of Toots Thielemans Quartet. Since 1978 he has been a member of the Akkerman band and since 1980, that of the Rhythm Combination & Brass band.


Gábor Ladányi – guitar

Ladányi Gábor was born in a musician family in Budapest in 1993. He studied at the Faculty of Jazz-guitar at the Kőbánya Music School, and at the Faculty of Classical Guitar at Kodály Zoltán Music Academy in Hungary. He participated in several festivals in Hungary with the Debrecen Big Band and received a golden award at the Big Band Festival in Budapest. He currently lives in Brussels and studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.


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