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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.

Jávori Vilmos


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

18 October 1945 Budapest - 20 February 2007 Budapest

Vilmos Jávori has been a definitive character of Hungarian jazz life for decades. He was raised in a family of musicians: her mother used to be a drummer, too. After completing his studies at the Béla Bartók Conservatory he started playing with Attila Garay, then was member of the bands of János Fogarasi, Aladár Pege, György Vukán, Rudolf Tomsits, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos and György Szabados. He has won numerous prizes and awards including the Special Prize of the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the eMeRTon Prize, and the 1st Prize at the San Sebastian Jazz Festival.

He performed in the US with Szakcsi, Attila Zoller, Jan Hammer and others, and was a pupil of Elvin Jones for 3 months. In 1972 he formed the band Rákfogó with Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Mihály Ráduly, and Béla Lakatos 'Bögöly', which determined the jazz scene of the early 1970s. In the mid-1970s Jávori's trio with Fogarasi and Gusztáv Csík brought a new flavour to the music of Hungary with the use of Hammond organs, Fender pianos and synthesisers. In 1980 he performed at the Jazz Yatra Festival in India with the Pege Trio. At the beginning of the 1980s he founded the Jávori Quartet with Ferenc Snétberger Rudolf Torma and Péter Csiszár, with whom he played swing and Latin music. From 1968 he was a frequent contributor to film music reaching the greatest success playing a drum solo in István Szabó's Oscar-winning Mephisto. He also participated in playing music for cartoons and the feature films of Miklós Jancsó, Péter Bacsó, and Károly Makk, among others. Together with the whistling artist Tamás Hacki's ensemble he played in the US, Japan, and several countries of Europe.

In 1990 he was a founding member of the MZTSZ Music Studio in Kőbánya, a highly important institution of jazz education. In the same year he formed the ensemble Shabu-Shabu with Tamás Berki, Attila László, Béla Lattman, and János Fogarasi.

In 2001 he received the Leó Weiner Award for his work as music teacher.

He created his Jávori Sound Machine in 2003 with former students and teachers of the Kőbánya Music School. His music is based on Hungarian folk music. The guest artist on the album is the world famous Tony Lakatos.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Aladár Pege: Aladár Pege's 60th Birthday Concert Magánkiadás PEGE 5
1968 Modern jazz VII. - Anthology 68 Hungaroton LPX 17392 LP
1980 Aladár Pege: Pege Pepita SLPX 17596
1993 Greg Földvári: Touch Wood Magánkiadás MKB 0002
1995 Pleszkán Frigyes: Fingerprints Magánkiadás PCD CD 001
1996 Tamás Berki & Shabu-Shabu: Berki Sings Jazz Magánkiadás DGY 1001
1999 Pleszkán Frigyes: Magic Hands PCD Multimédia Kft. PCD CD007
2003 Jávori Sound Machine: Szivárvány havasán Magánkiadás JSM 001
2005 Hungarian Jazz Store BMC HMIC BMC PCD 016 Not for sale - only for promotion / 4 CDs