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BALASSI JAZZ CLUB with Csaba Palotai

2019-12-03 19:00       -       2019-12-03 22:00


Tamás Zsári Hungarian saxophonist, the host of the Balassi Jazz Club invites prominent Belgian and Hungarian musicians to his ensemble from time to time. Permanent members of the formation Bart De Nolf - double bass and Bruno Castelucci - drums. The special guest of this evening is the guitarist and composer Csaba Palotai. The concerts of the Balassi Jazz Club provide an excellent opportunity for Belgian and Hungarian musicians to interact and to build a musical bridge between the two countries.

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Csaba Palotai is a Hungarian composer and musician living in Paris for more than 20 years. He graduated at the guitar department of Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, then studied jazz and improvisational music at Paris Conservatoire (CNSM). His style is determined by rock, free jazz, blues and Eastern European folk music. He has participated in eclectic music productions with Thomas De Pourquery, Rémi Sciuto, Fred Pallem, John Zorn and Zsuzsanna Várkonyi. In his own projects he plays also psychedelic blues and experimental rock music. As a leader, he recorded five albums between 2003 and 2018 on the Hungarian BMC label. His solo guitar album "The Deserter" was hosted by NY City Jazz Records with the "Best of 2016 - Honorable Mention" award and in France as « Indispensable » by JazzNews. 

Tamás Zsári (saxophone) 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) was born in 1965 in Brugge, Belgium and graduated at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent in 1987 in 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 performed with several freelance musicians. He was a member of the Toots Thielemans Quartet.

Bruno Castellucci (drums) 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. 



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Location : Balassi Institute, 10 Treurenberg, 1000 Brussels
The special guest of this evening is Csaba Palotai, guitarist and composer.



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