Though the 14th Jazz Showcase talent exchange is seeking to break out from the shadow of the pandemic, it will also adapt to the situation. Instead of the usual live concerts, you can enjoy a broadcast of the show – featuring performances from six youthful groups at the Festival Theatre on 24 January – on the Müpa Budapest website and YouTube channel. The Showcase host will once again be Péter Novák, who will help us get to know the character of the performers. The international jury of illustrious personalities will once again select what they consider to be the most exciting and extraordinary group, but the young talents will also be counting on the vote of online viewers.
The Sámuel Baló Trio, the Bettika Quintet, the Tamás Bolyki Quartet, the Fábió Fehér Trio, the Albert Horváth Quartet and the Dávid Varga Quintet will compete for further opportunities to perform concerts both at home and abroad. All of these groups are well worth a listen, as they will show us what kind of diverse musical and performance styles interest the new generation of jazz musicians, as well as how they have sought to find their own personal sound. From free improvisation to funk, neo-soul, modern swing, hardbop, poetry music and folk music, you will encounter a wide array of trends in terms of both instrumental and vocal formations. And it's all jazz! If you are interested in exploring the latest influences in Hungarian jazz, you can enjoy the 45-minute concerts online, while you can also vote for your favourite show during the broadcast. The results will be announced at 8 pm on the same day before a live broadcast of the Fresh Jazz-Funk concert from the Subtones group.
This event is presented in association with the Budapest Music Center, the Hungarian Jazz Federation and the Zemplén Festival.