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Lakatos Tony


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

He was born in a musician family on the 13th November 1958 in Budapest, Hungary. His Father was a famous gipsy violinist as well as his younger Brother Roby. The musical study began on the violin at the age of 6. Began to play the saxophone when he was 15 years old, and became a professional musician when he won a national jazz competition in 1977. He graduated from the jazz department of the Bela Bartók Conservatory in Budapest 1979. Shortly after he moved to Germany in 1981, became one of the most respected saxophone player in Germany as well as worldwide. He performed as a saxophone soloist in numerous jazz/pop/rock recordings and concerts. Tony has played the saxophone on more than 220 LP/CD recordings as a leader or as a sideman. From 1985 thru 1996 member of the succesful PILI-PILI Band (leading by Jasper Van't Hof).
He has been living in Germany since 1981, Frankfurt am Main since 1993 and working as a soloist in the H. R. Big band - Radio station.
A TV Show (jazz in Concert) was made with him in Zurich, Switzerland in 1991. (Guest musicians: Terri Lynne Carrington (drums), Anthony Jackson (bass guitar), David Whitham, (keyboard), Peter O'Mara (guitar))
Tony Lakatos was the first Hungarian musician who appeared on the Gavin Report Top Ten in the American Jazz Music Radio with his CDs.
1. 1993 "Recycling"(jazzline) Feat. Kirk Lightsey (piano) and Al Foster (drums) was the seventh best CD.
2. 1994 "The News" (jazzline)Feat. Kirk Lightsey (piano), George Mraz (bass) and Al Foster (drums) won the fourth place.
In 1997 a CD " Generation X " (jazzline) came out with American world star trumpeter Randy Brecker. He is continually touring in Japan with his own formations, and signed an exclusive contract with SKIP RECORDS in year 2002. The title of his latest CD is “ I get Along with you very well ” ( Skip ) Music of Hoagy
Carmichael with George Mraz (Bass) - Adam Nussbaum (Drums) and with the legendary guest singer Jimmy Scott.
Tony Lakatos has been touring in all countries of Europe, in the USA, Japan, South Africa, India, Singapore, Indonesia and many other parts of the world.

The most important jazz festivals he participated (selected):
Istanbul (Turkey)
North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland)
Pori Jazz Festival (Finnland)
Berlin Jazzfestival (Germany)
Bracknell (UK)
Le Mont (France)
Jazz Fest Singapore (Singapore)
Jazz Fest Leverkusen (Germany)
Athens Jazz Festival (Greece)
Jazz Gipfel Stuttgart (Germany )
Jazz Fest Prague (Czech rep.)
Stockholm (Sweden)
Frankfurt Jazzfestival (Germany)
Appleby (UK)
Viersen (Germany )
Lugo (Spain)

Tony was giving master classes in the Jazz department of:
Rotterdam, Arnheim (Holland), Graz, Wien (Austria),
Fredericksburg Mary Washington Collage (USA),
Royal Academy of music London (UK)
Freies musikzentrum Munich (Germany),
Yamaha School Hamburg (Germany)
Workshops: Remscheid, Erlangen, Darmstadt( Germany), Langenau (CH)
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Trio Acoustic featuring Tony Lakatos - Caravan Pannon Jazz PJ 1034
1983 Tony Lakatos: Tony Lakatos and his friends Krém SLPX 17817 Own
1987 Things featuring Tony Lakatos: Blues for the Last Punk Jazzpoint JP 1026
1990 Things & Tony Lakatos: Mother Nature Jazzpoint JP 1028 Own
1991 Lakatos, Tony: Different Moods Lipstick Records LIP 890112 Own
1992 Recycling Jazzline JL 111342 Own
1994 The News Jazzline JL 1140 - 2 Own
1995 Csaba Deseő: Magic Violin Pannon Jazz PJ 1001
1995 Live in Budapest Laika Records 35100742 Own
1997 Lakatos, Tony: Generation X Jazzline JL 11149 Own
1997 Zappelbude Mood Records MOOD 6542
1997 Something New, Something Old Pannon Jazz PJ 1027
1998 Kőszegi Group: Power of Soul - Live in Budapest FON-Trade Music SP-97015
1999 Gloomy Sunday Sunny Tunes 009 5101
2000 Vasvári Pál: Tales of the Princess Periferic Records PRCD 1003
2001 Roby Lakatos with Musical Friends Universal UCCH - 1002
2001 The Though Tenors Jazz4ever 4761 Own
2001 Lakatos, Tony: Move it Universal UCCJ-1002 Own
2001 Horgas Eszter Arcai I. - Class Jazz Band: Crossover Gramy Records GR-022
2002 Class Jazz Band: Spanish Night Plus Creative Art Ensemble CAE 038
2003 Jávori Sound Machine: Szivárvány havasán Magánkiadás JSM 001
2003 Tony Lakatos Trio: I Get Along With You Very Well Skip Records LC 10482 Own
2003 Ötödik Dimenzió Mandel Produkciós Kft.
2004 László Attila és barátai: On the Broadway TOM-TOM Records
2005 Live in Concert Magánkiadás B01 DVD
2005 Hungarian Jazz History 14. - Sing Sing Song - Tony Lakatos és barátai
(Tony Lakatos and His Friends)
Hungaroton HCD 71192 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 Lakatos, Tony: Gypsy Colours Skip Records SKP 9062-2 Own