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.

Németh Ferenc


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Date of Birth

Ferenc Németh was born in 1976 in Keszthely, Hungary. After completing high school, he moved to Budapest where he attended the Jazz Department of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. Soon he became one of the most promising jazz drummers in Hungary. In 1999 he was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and moved to Boston where he lived for three years. He also attended to the New England Conservatory and studied one year as a graduate student. In 2001 he got accepted (as the only drummer and the first Hungarian student ever) to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz program, where he studied for two years. Among others he’s been studying with John Ramsay, Gary Chaffee, Bob Moses and Peter Erskine. While in Los Angeles, he started to work with the Billy Childs Trio, Bob Sheppard, Dave Carpenter, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, the Henry Mancini Orchestra... just to name a few.

In 2003, he moved to New York, where he almost immediately began playing gigs, working his way into the New York Jazz scene. Soon, he gained the recognition needed to be called to perform and tour with some of the greatest names in the jazz world. He has performed and/or recorded with a variety of artists such as: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Christian McBride, Terence Blanchard, John Abercrombie, Dave Samuels, Dave Grusin, Chris Cheek, Aaron Goldberg, Kenny Wheeler, Eli Degibri, Jonathan Kreisberg, John Ellis, Omer Avital, etc. In 2003 he was a co-founder of the trio GilFeMa - which is a collaborative trio featuring Lionel Loueke on guitar and vocal, Massimo Biolcati on bass and Ferenc Németh on drums, percussion. Their debut CD was released in 2004 by ObliqSound.

Németh began to focus more on composing and soon released a duo album along with Javier Vercher for FreshSound. In 2005, he established his own label, Dreamers Collective Records, and recorded his debut album Night Songs, featuring John Patitucci, Chris Cheek, Mark Turner, Lionel Loueke, Aaron Parks. He has been in the Lionel Loueke Trio for the past nine years. Recently Loueke released Karibu, the stunning Blue Note label debut with rare guest appearances by Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.

He has been awarded three times at the IAJE for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education in 2002, 2006 and 2008, he got the Berklee-Elvin Jones Award in 2000, the Gramofon Hungarian Jazz Award in 2007 and his debut album was among the finalists at the Independent Music Award in 2008.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
2000 Vasvári Pál: Tales of the Princess Periferic Records PRCD 1003
2003 Kálmán Oláh Trio: Contrasts and Parallels MA Recordings M065A
2005 Tóth Viktor Tercett Gramy Records GR-059
2005 Hungarian Jazz Store BMC HMIC BMC PCD 016 Not for sale - only for promotion / 4 CDs
2008 Alteregos BMC Records BMC CD 148
2010 Szabó Dániel Trió / Chris Potter: Contribution BMC Records BMC CD 151
2012 Bacsó Kristóf Quartet: Nocturne BMC Records BMC CD 195
2014 Bridges of Souls Dreamers Collective Records DCR 1004