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.

László Attila


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Jazz guitarist and composer. After graduating from the Jazz Department of the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music, he played in top Hungarian jazz bands. In 1985 he founded the band Things with saxophonist Tony Lakatos. Since 1987 he has been a teacher at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, and the leader of its big band. In 1997 he was awarded with the Artisjus Prize given to the best composer in popular music annually. In 1999 he received the Gábor Szabó Prize from the Hungarian Jazz Federation for his lifetime achievement. In the same year he was elected the president of the Hungarian Jazz Federation, and re-elected in 2003. In 2000 he won the Leó Weiner Prize for his Outstanding Music Pedagogical Work from the Hungarian Association of Creative Artists. In 2003 he was given the Liszt Prize for his work as a composer.

During his career he has played with such renowned artists as Anthony Jackson, James Moody, Tommy Campbell, Gerard Veasley, and Dave Friedman. He has been leading his own combo, the Attila László Band since 1992, who play in a style close to contemporary jazz. Their music, which is original in tone, consists mainly of pieces written and arranged by Attila László, and on their latest record the unique compositions of Kálmán Oláh can also be heard.

Their first CD, The Only One, was released in 1995. Their second album, Smart Kid (BMC CD 034) came out in 1999, and they made their third release, Once Upon a Time (BMC CD 076) in 2002. The special feature of the latter one is the use of woodwind instruments beside the rhythm section, and in three compositions a string orchestra creates an extraordinary atmosphere. This sound, though more modern and is augmented with the tone of a symphonic orchestra, evokes the musical world of Kaszakő Ensemble.

Besides playing guitar on the double CD of Charlie that came out in the fall of 2001, titled Charlie Jazz, he contributed to it as arranger and composer as well. The album includes two studio recordings of new compositions by László, together with some of his earlier pieces in new arrangement. On the CDs Soul & Jazz and Funky, Soul & Jazz released in the meantime, he again participated as composer, arranger and guitarist.

The Attila László Band toured the United States in 2004. They gave eight concerts, among other places, in jazz clubs of New York, New Jersey, Washington, Cleveland, and Chicago, but appeared also in the Hungarian Cultural Center.

On 14 February 2004 he recorded with Tony Lakatos (saxophone), Kálmán Oláh (piano), János Egri (acoustic bass), Béla Lattmann (bass guitar) and Géza "Pecek" Lakatos (drums). The title of the CD is "On the Broadway", and it includes popular jazz standards in authentic performance fit for the atmosphere of a jazz club.


- 1996 Huszka Jenő prize
- 1997 Artisjus prize
- 1999 Szabó Gábor jazz prize
- 2000 Weiner Leó prize
- 2002 Artisjus prize
- 2003 Liszt Ferenc prize
- 2010 Érdemes művész prize
- 2010 Magyar Jazz prize
- 2017 Artisjus prize
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1983 Kaszakő: Édenkert Hungaroton HCD 17763
1984 Blue String Hungaroton SLPX 17823 LP
1987 Things featuring Tony Lakatos: Blues for the Last Punk Jazzpoint JP 1026
1989 Debski-Vasvári Group: Back in Nang Krém SLPM 37285 LP
1990 Csepregi Gyula: In Line Krém SLPX 37367 LP
1990 Things & Tony Lakatos: Mother Nature Jazzpoint JP 1028
1993 The Swinging Violin of Csaba Deseő Jazzette BPCD 026
1993 Greg Földvári: Touch Wood Magánkiadás MKB 0002
1994 Running Time - The best of László Dés Hungaroton HCD 37332
1997 Something New, Something Old Pannon Jazz PJ 1027
1999 László Attila Band: Smart Kid BMC Records BMC CD 034 Own
2001 Funky Violin Hungaroton HCD 71045 Compilation / Hungarian Jazz History 5.
2001 Horgas Eszter Arcai II. - Hazafelé Gramy Records GR-028
2002 László Attila Band: Once upon a Time BMC Records BMC CD 076 Own
2003 Ötödik Dimenzió Mandel Produkciós Kft.
2004 László Attila és barátai: On the Broadway TOM-TOM Records Own
2005 Örömkoncert 2005
(Concert of Joy 2005)
Magánkiadás DVD - Not for sale
2005 Hungarian Jazz Store BMC HMIC BMC PCD 016 Not for sale - only for promotion / 4 CDs
2005 Péter Szendőfi: triAngel TOM-TOM Records TTCD 70
2006 Attila László and Friends: Just Trust TOM-TOM Records TTCD 85 Own
2008 Dés László: A fal mögött Hungaroton HCD 17771
2009 Juhász Gábor: 1978 X-produkció XP 040
2009 Babel TOM-TOM Records TTCD 120 Own
2010 Csanyi Lattmann Quartet: A Walk on the Beach TOM-TOM Records TTCD 140
2011 And Other Seasons TOM-TOM Records TTCD 154
2014 Bridges of Souls Dreamers Collective Records DCR 1004 Own