Artist database

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Kőszegi Imre


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

6 December 1944, Budapest

Excellent jazz drummer, music teacher, former president of the Hungarian Jazz Federation. One of the most active members of the Hungarian jazz scene. His style has been mainly influenced by bebop and free jazz

In 1963 he visited the Béla Bartók Secondary School for Music as student of Oszkár Schwarcz, and then he became pupil of Lajos Bányai in the studio of the National Center for Entertaining Music. From 1966 to 1970 he lived in Western Europe, where he performed with a number of famous jazz artists. After coming home in 1970 he has played with Aladár Pege and in the formations of János Gonda, György Szabados and Gusztáv Csík, as well as in duo with Béla Szakcsi Lakatos. He founded the legendary band „Rákfogó” with Gyula Babos, Mihály Ráduly, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos and Miklós Orszáczky.

In 1975 he founded his own band „Kőszegi Rhythm and Brass” as an unusual formation of two woodwind instruments, a drummer and a percussionist. In 1980 he established an international formation with Jack Gregg (US-American bass player), Zbigniev Namysłowski (Polish saxophone player) and László Gárdonyi (Hungarian pianist). The band toured all over Europe with a huge success. From 1980 he has performed with György Vukán and Balázs Berkes as Super Trio, but he gave concerts with the Creative Art Ensemble, too. Since 1992 he’s been teaching at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music as percussion teacher. From 2002 to 2008 he was president of the Hungarian Jazz Federation. In 1995 he founded the ensemble Take 4 with Rudolf Tomsits, Gyula Babos and Aladár Pege. They released three CDs.

Throughout his career he has played with almost every significant Hungarian jazz musician so far, but he has performed with such renowned foreign artists as Frank Zappa, Larry Coryell, Trilok Gurtu, Teddy Wilson, Steve Grossman, Biréli Lagrene, Albert Mangelsdorff, Fritz Power and Harry Sokol. He gave concerts with Attila Zoller and Gábor Szabó, the world-wide known guitar players living in the USA. He contributed to the making of more than 150 pop music and jazz albums.

He was awarded with the Niveau Prize (1982), the eMeRTon Prize (1985), the Gábor Szabó Award (1995), the Lyra Award (1999) the Officer’s Cross of Merit of Order of the Hungarian Republic (2003) and the Liszt Prize (2011).
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Aladár Pege: Aladár Pege's 60th Birthday Concert Magánkiadás PEGE 5
1964 Pege Trio: Blues in Bled Qualiton EP 7305 LP
1973 Modern Jazz Anthology X. Hungaroton SLPX 17441 LP
1975 Szabados Quartet: Az esküvő
(Szabados Quartet: The Wedding)
Hungaroton SLPX 17475 LP
1977 Jazz Jamboree 77 Vol. 1 Polskie Nagrania Muza SX 1550
1978 Tomsits Jazz Group: Álom és valóság
(Tomsits Jazz Group: Dream and reality)
Pepita SLPX 17549 LP
1979 Figyelem Felvétel - Éjszaka a stúdióban
(Figyelem Felvétel - Session at Night)
Pepita SLPX 17566
1982 Rudolf Tomsits Studioband Amiga 8 55 936
1982 Saturnus: Csigaházak Krém SLPX 17693
1982 Bratislava Jazz Days 1981 Opus 9115 1305 - 06
1982 The Super Trio: Together Alone Krém SLPX 17691
1984 Bratislava Jazz Days 1982 Opus 9115 1404-05
1985 Reneszánsz Pop
(Renaissance Pop)
Hungaroton SLPX 12575 LP / Reissue on CD: HCD 12575 (1985)
1985 Lajos Dudas featuring Toto Blanke: Sunshine State Konnex Records ST 5004 LP
1987 The Super Trio, Vukán, Berkes, Kőszegi - Birthday Party Krém SLPX 37047 LP
1987 Birthday party Krém SLPX 37047 Own
1990 I Remember Pannonton JL 108
1990 Stjepko Gut Quartets: Stjepko Gut Quartets PGP RTB 210951
1991 Hungarian Jazz Antology 1991 Hungaroton HCD 37553
1991 Vukán, Creativ Art Ensemble: Spanish Rhapsody Creative Art Ensemble CAE LP 002 LP
1994 Kőszegi Imre Trió: Drummer's Dreams YVP Music yvp music cd 3044 Own
1995 Pege Aladár: Hungarian Jazz Workshop No. 2 Hungaroton HCD 37790
1995 Babos, Kőszegi, Pege, Tomsits: Take 4 Start H 4034437
1995 Csaba Deseő: Magic Violin Pannon Jazz PJ 1001
1996 Geiger György: Játszom a trombitával Hungaroton HCD 16710
1997 Take 4: Take More Magánkiadás
1997 Szakcsi-Kőszegi Duo: Időutazás
(Szakcsi-Kőszegi Duo: Journey in Time)
Magánkiadás FTM-9708 Own
1998 Kőszegi Group: Power of Soul - Live in Budapest FON-Trade Music SP-97015 Own
1998 Csárdáskirálynő Jazz Magánkiadás Own
1999 Jan Jankeje: A portrait of Jan Jankeje Jazzpoint CD jp 1054
1999 First Steps FON-Trade Music FN9905
2000 Keep Cool Pannon Jazz PJ 1043
2000 Best of KISZ Hungaroton HCD 37920
2001 Éjfél Már
(It's Midnight)
Hungaroton HCD 71044
2001 Szabados György: Az esküvő
(György Szabados: The Wedding)
Hungaroton HCD 71094 Originally released on LP in 1975
2001 Lajos Dudas: The Jubilate Box (Unissued & Rare Recordings) Double Moon Records DMCHR 71020
2003 Hungarian Jazz History 12. - Modern Jazz Combos Hungaroton HCD 71157
2004 Most és akkor
(Now and then)
Pannon Jazz PJ 1055
2006 Kőszegi Imre: Drums poetica TOM-TOM Records TTCD 86 Own
2009 Figyelem Felvétel - Éjszaka a Stúdióban
(Figyelem Felvétel - Session at night)
Alexandra Records PDKCD0049
2015 Lajos Dudas - Radio Days - Birthday Edition 75 JazzSick Records 5089-JS