"In my childhood I used to play the piano, or draw rather than play football. Mostly I drew cartoons while listening to jazz. I adored Oscar Peterson from as early as the first grade. Ok, my father was a musician, and my brother also became one. I learnt classical piano for nine years too. When I was admitted to an art specialty I could finally draw as much as I wanted, so I started to play the saxophone in earnest. I laid my hands on my first instrument in 1993, and we’ve been inseparable ever since.
I went to the Szent István School of Music, and graduated from the Blanka Teleki High in ’97. Then I joined a blues band. We toured the country, and I started to make money with music. We played blues in smoky bikers’ pubs and giant festivals. At the age of 18 I already played at the Sziget Festival - then called Diáksziget. The rock-blues roots are there on my album as well.
I attended the Film and Media Studies department at Postás jazz conservatory - and also got a teacher’s degree.
Then I was admitted to the jazz department of the Zeneművészeti Egyetem. In 2007, on my graduation concert, I played my own composition, the track entitled Meglepetés (Surprise), - also on the album. At the time I performed it in a free interpretation, with folk impressions. Ever since, I have been playing it with various bands, with various friends. I have been the member of the Ghymes since 2007, and have been teaching in the Rácz Aladár School of Music. Lulu a moziban is a snapshot of my present status.
There’s a series of personalities within every person, and we all have changing moods. I am basically of a happy disposition, a real optimist, with occasional pangs, naturally. By and large, this is, what I tried to express with the album as well. It’s a wide variety, but it’s all in me. This characterises the previous five years.
I consider myself a specially rhythm and blues, funk saxophonist. At the same time I attempted to break free of the limitations of the traditions, and tried to handle these forms freer than usual. I was propelled forward by the legendary Orszáczky Jackie, whose Hungarian tour I was part of, and whose last Hungarian concert I took part in. We were also on stage in Transylvania. Uncle Jack was only willing to play slow songs in Nagyvárad, - he was in the mood. After six or seven concerts I realized that he played the same blues song in six or seven completely different ways. I realized that blues, which everyone considers to possess extremely tight rules, can be played in any way. This is the road I try to tread with my own capabilities.
András Jász: soprano and alto saxophone, flute, voice, background singing
Áron Sebestyén: keyboards, background singing
Tamás Szabó: drum, voice, darbuka, background singing
Zsolt Bartha: electric and acoustic guitar
Péter Bede: tenor saxophone, clarinet
Ernő Hock: double bass
Boglárka Csemer: voice, background singing
Barna Pély: voice, guitar"