It has been seven years since jazz and swing first came together for New Orleans-inspired evenings in Budapest. From 24 to 26 August, the Palace of Arts will again host the New Orleans Swing Festival, this year with guests from Austria, Finland and the USA.
Finnish clarinettist Antti Sarpila, now celebrating his Swing Band’s 30th anniversary, will perform on the first day. The musician, who was only 18 years old when he founded his ensemble, has by now collaborated with names such as Bob Wilber, Doc Cheatham and Wild Bill Davidson.
The Gusztáv Csík Trio (pictured), adding singer Joan Faulkner from the US and Hungary’s Béla Szalóky on trumpet, are up on Saturday 25 August. Csík – named “the best European jazz pianist today” by American clarinettist Tony Scott – will bring “the essence of swing to the ears of jazz aficionados”, according to the Palace of Arts.
The following day Thomas Gansch and The Dixieland All Stars from Austria will, we are assured, be “travelling the smallest distance geographically but the furthest back in time”. As a matter of fact, the band is celebrated both for its interpretations of the avant-garde and for its respect for the traditions of classical jazz. They will close the festival with music created in Germany between the two world wars.
New Orleans Swing Festival
Palace of Arts, 24 to 26 August
Daily tickets from HUF 2,500 to 3,900 from the Palace of
Arts box office
Tel. (+36-1) 555-3001