Artist database

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Szalóky Béla

trumpet, trombone

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Date of Birth

Béla Szalóky was born in Székesfehérvár in 1972. He received his Master of Arts degree in jazz at the Jazz Department ofthe Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 1995.

Szalóky is often described as a "multiphonic artist", since - besides the trombone - he also plays the flugelhorn, the cornet, the valve-trombone, the euphonium, the bass trumpet, the tenor horn, and the tuba. He is primarily a mainstream, bebop player, but he often performs in bands playing traditional jazz as well. He is also experienced in free jazz and contemporary compositional music. He started his career in dixieland bands.

He has performed all around the world, he played in Gran Canaria, almost every major city in Europe, and even on Mauritius Island. He participated in jazz festivals in France several times. He was a member of the Kôszegi Quartet and worked as a co-leader with Tamás Berki in the Berki-Szalóky Quintet. He played with Jiggs Whigham as the first trombonist of the Trombone Workshop 3/4 9, a band made up of five trombonists. He participated in several concerts and recorded all around the world together with international stars like Tomasz Stanko, Stjepko Gut, Christian Muthspiel, Vladimir Tarasov, Anatolij Vapirov, Joe Muranyi, Mike Vax, Marcel Zannini, and many others. He had the fortune to play at jam-sessions with George Benson, Frank Foster, Mark Fosset, Bireli Lagrene to name just a few.

He has been a partner of all key Hungarian jazz artists (e.g. Imre Kőszegi, Géza Lakatos "Pecek", Gyula Babos, Rudolf Tomsits, Aladár Pege, Kati Bontovics, Dezső Lakatos "Ablakos", Tamás Berki, Attila László, János Fogarasi, and Kálmán Oláh). Currently Szalóky is a member of the Budapest Ragtime Band, a formation with a reputation that makes them a popular guest of many prestigious festivals around the world. They are regular performers of TV channels including the German ZDF and the American ABC. He has had successful performances at the international festival in Sacramento California, the Great Connecticut Jazz Festival and several other popular jazz events. He is also a guest performer at concerts of the Benkó Dixieland Band .

With his own formation, the Szalóky Classic Jazz Band he plays the jazz music of the 1930s, 1940s.

Béla Szalóky is the leader of Hungarian Border Guard Band.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1995 László Attila Band: The Only One Bouvard & Pécuchet VBP 030
1996 Benkó Dixieland Band: Good by COMEX Bencolor BEN-CD 5407
1998 Hungarian Jazz Trombone Company with Carl Fontana: First time together BMC Records BMC CD 015
1998 Cotton Club Singers: Négy gengszter Magánkiadás C.C.S.01
1999 János Mazura, György Vukán with The Creative Art Trio: : I Let The Song... Periferic Records BGCD 030
1999 Szakcsi Jr.: Happen Magánkiadás 9S 02
2002 Cotton Club Singers: Sinatra - Live 2 Geg Records GEG 004
2003 Benkó Dixieland Band: Chicago Aranykora Bencolor BEN-CD 5433
2004 Gadó Gábor: Modern táncok idősebbeknek és haladóknak
(Gábor Gadó: Modern dances for the advanced in age)
BMC Records BMC CD 111
2005 Hungarian Jazz Store BMC HMIC BMC PCD 016 Not for sale - only for promotion / 4 CDs
2006 Best of Benkó Dixieland Band - 2006 Bencolor BEN-CD 5445
2006 Benkó Dixieland Band: A jazz születésétől napjainkig - 5. rész (1953-2005) Bencolor BEN-CD 5429
2006 Old Amsterdam Magánkiadás STS-CD-044
2007 Annyi arc ismerős Magánkiadás BRBCD009