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Ráduly Mihály

saxophone, flute

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

25 January 1944 Budapest

He comes from a family of musicians: his fater and grandfather were famous gypsy musicians. First he learned to play the violin and later the saxophone (his role model was John Coltrane).

At the beginning of his career he performed in small groups and big bands and he attended the jam sessions of the legendary Dalia Club. In 1962 he played in the group Mediterrán with the Szörényi brothers and János Bajtala - they also participated at the Hungarian talent show „Ki mit tud?” in 1962.

After the mandatory soldier duties - in the late ‘60s - he played music in the catering industry and joined the Junior Sextet, but also played with the Scampolo. In the mid ‘60s he started with the band of Gyula Kovács, later became a member of the group of György Szabados and in 1968 he joined the Pege Aladár Quartet, too.

From 1969 he was the saxophonist and flutist of the re-established Syrius, which played progressive, merged jazz-rock. Other members of the group were Zsolt Baronits (saxophone), László Pataki (organ), Jackie Orszaczky (electric bass) and András Veszelinov (percussions). The appearance of the new members resulted in a drastic change of style, and the first concert of the “classic line-up” was taken place on February 1970 in the club of Csanádi Street.

With the group of Aladár Pege he performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1970, where he won the Best Soloist Award and also a scholarship to the Berkeley School of Music (USA). They went on a one-year tour to Australia at the end of 1970 with the support of the Hungarian-born producer Charlie Fischer. In 1971 they recorded the album The Devil's Masquerade there, which was also published in Hungary in 1972. From 1973 he was playing with the Rákfogó again - their music was jazzier and less restricted. Being on the top, Syrius failed to go on tour in England, in the U.S. and even in Australia, so Ráduly stepped out of the band.

In 1973 he made some radio recordings with Béla Szakcsi Lakatos (piano), Gyula Babos (guitar), Jackie Orszáczky and Imre Kőszegi (percussions). In the same year he left Hungary to begin his studies at the Berkeley. He settled down in New York, where he regularly played with Attila Zoller and few years later he established the band Speed Limited with György Jinda, but he was also visible a couple times at the home events of Sam Rivers.

He gradually quit being an active musician. From the late ’80s he studied music history at the Hunter College, City University of New York.

In 2001 he returned to the Hungarian public awareness - a collection of his former recordings have been published with the title „Napkelte” (Sunrise) and he performed with the Syrius and also attended the Jazz Days of Zsámbék.

He was given the Golden Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary (civil) in 2022.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Fényes nap
(Bright Sun)
Magyar Records No.7 Mag 42-107 Own
1969 Modern jazz VIII. - Anthology 69 Hungaroton LPX 17406
1970 Pege Trió: Montreux Inventions Hungaroton LP
1997 Montreux Inventions Double Records Hungary DR001