Béla Szakcsi Lakatos

Szakcsi Lakatos Béla

Educated subject: Jazz-piano, Orchestra

In the footsteps of his father, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, he also chose the piano as his instrument. Between six and sixteen, he studied classical music studies, then committed himself to jazz music, making Béla Szakcsi Lakatos one of the most outstanding pianists of the jazz life in the country. Since then, he has played with many famous Hungarian and foreign musicians, including Lakatos “Ablakos” Dezső, Tony Lakatos, Rick Margita, Jack DeJohn and John Patitucci.

While studying jazz at the Bartók Béla Conservatory , he has been playing with renowned Hungarian musicians at festivals such as Rudolf Tomsics, Imre Kőszegi, Géza Pecek Lakatos. Founded in 1989, the New Rákfogó band playing fusion music. (Kálmán Oláh – keyboards, Rudolf Torma – bass, Elemér Balázs – drums, György Müller – percussions, József Nagy – tenor saxophone). In 1994 he was a member of Babos Band (Gyula Babos, György Szappanos, Gergő Borlai and Béla Szakcsi Lakatos), who was also an accompanist for Klári Katona. They have performed at many festivals both in Hungary and abroad.

His own ensemble was then formed, featuring trio and extended quintet, playing traditional acoustic music. Then they formed a band with Csaba Tűzkő, who came home from France, where Viktor Hárs was baptized and drummer András Pecek Lakatos.

In 1998 he appeared on the album Aladár Pege, and in 2000 by Jr. Quartett Szakcsi (Torma Rudolf – bass, Balázs Elemér – drums, Tűzkő Csaba – tenor saxophone, Szakcsi Jr. – piano, Béla Szalóki – trombone) which, in addition to own compositions, recreates the play of renowned musicians such as Freddie Hubbart or John Coltrane.

In 2003 he came to his most prestigious career when he was able to record with two world-famous American jazz music with drummer Jack DeJohnett and bassist John Patitucci. The release of the album is expected in 2005.

Bop-Bee Trio (Lakatos Pecek András – drums, György Orbán – bass, Szakcsi Jr. – keyboard) was formed in 2001, playing with its own songs in the classic trio formation with a modern tone. They have staged a number of festivals and clubs, and in 2003, the Bucharest and Brassó festivals were successful.

The other, in 2004, for the honor of Charlie “Bird” Parker, perhaps the greatest figure in jazz history, and the spirit of his music, were the Tribute to Charlie Parker Band (Csaba Tűzkő – tenor saxophone, Kristóf Bacsó – alto saxophone, János Egri – bass player, Géza Pecek Lakatos – drums).