Artist database

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Berkes Balázs

double bass

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

12 October 1937 Budapest

Jazz musician, bass player, professor emeritus of the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy.

He started his music studies with playing the cello. From 1958 to 1962 he studied at the double bass department of the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy as pupil of Zoltán Tibay.

From 1962 to 1978 he worked in various bands of the Hungarian Radio, he was member of the Dance Ensemble of the Hungarian Radio and Television, but also of the Studio 11 for a long time. Beside his activity at the television and the radio, he has played in diverse formations and performed with all the significant figures of the Hungarian jazz music as well. Since 1962 he’s regularly played with György Vukán. Since 1980 he’s performed with Imre Kőszegi in the formation called Super Trio, and since 1990 he’s been member of the Creative Art Trio with Elemér Balázs. When wind instruments occasionally joined this band, it was called Creative Art Ensemble.

He had a number of such renowned foreign music partners as Teddy Wilson, Art Farmer, Paquito D’Rivera, Jiggs Whigham, Albert Mangelsdorff, Kay Winding, Tony Scott, Stepko Gut, Frank Foster, Kenny Wheeler, Ted Curson, Charles Tolliver, Anette Lowman, Jukka Perko, Steve Grossman, The Golden Gate Quartet, and all the leading jazz musicians of the neighboring countries.

He’s contributed to many recordings of diverse style, his own album is titled Forever ’96. He’s been regularly invited to prestigious festivals – he performed in Pori, Havana, Palermo, Prague, Bled, Warsaw, Nuremberg, Belgrade, Ljubljana, Göttingen and Leverkusen. He’s been invited to Montreux four times, and with the band Tomsits he won the Award of the Press and Critics in 1968.

Since 1965 he’s been teaching bass at the jazz department of the Béla Bartók Secondary School for Music and since 1993 he’s been lecturer at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. He’s been member of numerous formations, but trio music with piano and drums suits him the best. He also takes delight in contemporary jazz, latin jazz, and the world of be-bop and hard-bop.

For his career as musician and teacher he was awarded with the eMeRTon Prize (1987), the Leó Weiner Award (1997), the Gábor Szabó Award (1998), and the Memorial Plaque for the Hungarian Higher Education (1999). He also received the Officer’s Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (2002) and the title Outstanding Performer of the Hungarian Music and Dance (2007). In 2007 he was honored with the Artisjus Prize for his excellent teaching activity. He was awarded with the Liszt Prize in 2014.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1964 Modern jazz IV-V. - Anthology 64 Hungaroton LPX 7279-80
1966 Stúdió 11 Qualiton EP 7352 LP
1967 Modern jazz VI. - Anthology 67 Hungaroton LPX 17372 LP
1968 Modern jazz VII. - Anthology 68 Hungaroton LPX 17392 LP
1969 Modern jazz VIII. - Anthology 69 Hungaroton LPX 17406
1978 Molnár Dixieland Band
(Molnár Dixieland Band)
Hungaroton SLPX 17520
1981 George Vukan, Balazs Berkes, George Trantalidis: Clarification Columbia 14C 062-71168
1982 The Super Trio: Together Alone Krém SLPX 17691
1982 Deák Big Band: Azok a húszas évek ... - Világslágerek angol nyelven Pepita SLPX 17681 LP
1982 Bratislava Jazz Days 1981 Opus 9115 1305 - 06
1984 Blue String Hungaroton SLPX 17823 LP
1985 Nuages / Felhők Hungaroton SLPX 17910
1987 The Super Trio, Vukán, Berkes, Kőszegi - Birthday Party Krém SLPX 37047 LP
1987 Birthday party Krém SLPX 37047
1991 Vukán, Creativ Art Ensemble: Spanish Rhapsody Creative Art Ensemble CAE LP 002 LP
1993 The Swinging Violin of Csaba Deseő Jazzette BPCD 026
1994 Creative Art Trio: It Was, What Was, My Life Creative Art Ensemble CAE CD 006
1994 Téli Márta: Quiet Motion Magánkiadás TM 001
1994 Creative Art Jazz Trio - Debussy-Vukán: Children's Corner Creative Art Ensemble CAE CD 005
1995 Creative Art Jazz Trio - George Vukán's Atlanta, Georgia - An Opera in Two Acts - Complete Jazz Version Creative Art Ensemble CAE CD 007
1996 The Akadimpex Concerts Pannon Jazz PJ 1015
1996 Berkes Balázs featuring the Creative Art Jazz Trio: Forever Pannon Jazz PJ 1016 Own
1997 Something New, Something Old Pannon Jazz PJ 1027
1998 Creative Art Trio - 10th Anniversary Album: Iberia Suite Creative Art Ensemble CAE CD 026
1998 Szép karácsonyéj
(Beautiful Christmas Night)
Hungaroton HCD 16694
1998 Vukán György: Iberia Creative Art Ensemble CAE CD 026 CAE - 10th Anniversary Album
1999 János Mazura, György Vukán with The Creative Art Trio: : I Let The Song... Periferic Records BGCD 030
2000 Keep Cool Pannon Jazz PJ 1043
2000 Creative Art Trio and Stephane Belmondo: Endless Love Creative Art Ensemble CAE 033
2000 Gitár-dob párbaj
(Guitar-Drums Battle)
Hungaroton HCD 71010 Jazz History 3.
2001 Funky Violin Hungaroton HCD 71045 Compilation / Hungarian Jazz History 5.
2001 Kőrössy János, Lakatos Ablakos Dezső: Éjfél már
(János Kőrössy, Dezső (Ablakos) Lakatos: It's midnight)
Hungaroton HCD 71044
2001 Horgas Eszter Arcai I. - Class Jazz Band: Crossover Gramy Records GR-022
2001 Éjfél Már
(It's Midnight)
Hungaroton HCD 71044
2002 Horgas Eszter Arcai III. - Class Jazz Band: Spanish Night - Live Concert Gramy Records GR-034
2002 Class Jazz Band: Spanish Night Plus Creative Art Ensemble CAE 038
2003 Creative Art Group: Gentle Love Creative Art Ensemble CAE 039
2003 Creative Art Trio: Blue in Red - Live Creative Art Ensemble CAE 040
2003 Class Jazz Band: Cross Over Plus Creative Art Ensemble
2005 Hungarian Jazz Store BMC HMIC BMC PCD 016 Not for sale - only for promotion / 4 CDs
2007 Lajos Dudas: Artistry in Duo JazzSick Records 5014JS
2011 A Child is Born E-Media
2015 Lajos Dudas - Radio Days - Birthday Edition 75 JazzSick Records 5089-JS
2018 Lajos Dudas: Return to the Future JazzSick Records 5116 JS