…probably the world’s most versatile jazz band …
“a bunch of wonderful and dynamic musicians, fun to watch and great to listen to”
(Mimi Blais, Queen of Ragtime)
The eight members of the Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band own twenty instruments and they even play all of them! Not to mention other specialties of their unique features like other
instrument-like tools for making musical noise with, a cappella singing or occasional dancing. The band plays almost as many styles as instruments.
Their concerts bring you back to the teens, twenties and thirties of the last century, providing much humour and joy besides the music. Besides focusing on American music, old Hungarian jazz songs are integral and important part of the repertoire. Attending any of their performance
is an ideal programme for people of all ages from babies to great-grandmothers. (Don’t leave great-grandpa at home, either.)
The band has appeared at the greatest jazz festivals in Europe and North America including Montreux, Pori, Sacramento, Breda, Ascona, Oslo, Dresden, Bude, Rimini, Berlin and many
others. Their performances have broadened their circle of fans from the UK to Italy, from Romania to Canada. The Bohéms regularly play with guest stars, they have concertized and
recorded with Joe Muranyi, Zeke Zarchy, George Kelly, Paul Asaro, Scott Robinson, Bria Skonberg, Bob Barnard, Herbert Christ, Matthias Seuffert, Catherine Russell etc.
Their performances have been broadcast by major televisions in Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania and by national radio stations in numerous countries. The band has
recorded 17 albums over the years and those are also regularly broadcast by many radios. They have been organizing the International Bohém Festivals since 1992. The Bohéms were given the prestigious eMeRTon Prize as ‘jazz band of the year’ in 2003.
Members of the band (family names with capitals):
ITTZÉS Tamás – p, vl, voc, ld (Stroh vl)
LÁZÁR Miklós – vl, voc
LEBANOV József – tp, cn
MÁTRAI Zoltán – cl, ts, as (bars, ss, fl)
KORB Attila – tb, cn, p, voc (stb, flh)
MÁTRAI György – bj, g
TÖRÖK József – tu, sb
FALUSI Alfréd – dr