Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Bohém Ragtime Jazzband

Orchestra, choir, ensemble

The Bohém Ragtime Jazzband was founded in 1985. Its members are young professional classical musicians and amateurs. They feel at home in every traditional jazz style from New Orleans through dixieland and spiritual to swing. They have been welcomed at great festivals in Europe, their recordings can be heard on several European and American radio stations. Their concerts have been broadcast by Hungarian, Romanian, German and Finnish TV channels. The band received first prize in the Hungarian Dixieland Competition in 1994 and 1995. They frequently play with guest stars such as Joe Muranyi (last clarinetist of the Louis Armstrong All Stars), Zeke Zarchy (lead trumpet player for the Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, and Frank Sinatra orchestras), George Kelly (former tenor saxophone player of the legendary Savoy Ballroom Orchestra), Michel Godard (French jazz tubist), Paul Asaro (talented young stride piano wizard) or Butch Thompson (pianist of the late Doc Cheatham and clarinetist protégé of George Lewis in New Orleans). The band has eight CD’s and two LP’s. The leader of the band, Tamás Ittzés has already recorded two albums for a Californian label and both have received critical acclaim in important jazz periodicals. He won first prize at the Ragtime Composition Contest by the Scott Joplin Foundation with his Sedalia Rag in 2001. The band gives about 60-80 concerts a year and tours both in Europe and North America. The band's Kecskemét Jazz Foundation has been organizing the International Bohém Ragtime & Jazz Festival every year since 1992.

Members: Tamás Ittzés - piano, violin, Stroh violin, vocal, leader; Miklós Lázár - violin, vocal; József Lebanov - trumpet; Zoltán Mátrai - clarinet, tenor saxophone; Attila Korb - trombone, piano, vocal; György Mátrai - banjo, guitar; József Török - bass, tuba; Alfréd Falusi - drums
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
2001 Bohém Ragtime Jazzband: Éjjel az omnibusz tetején... Pannon Jazz PJ 1050 Own
2005 Hungarian Jazz Store BMC HMIC BMC PCD 016 Not for sale - only for promotion / 4 CDs