"Jambalaya consists of selected professional musicians, who are fanatics of New Orleans music. Since its foundation in April 2005, the group have harvested many successes. In April 2006 they greeted their first birthday with the first performance of their first album, ""I Just Wanted To Say"". April appears a central month for the group, as in April 2007 they were the selected nominees of Gundel Art Foundation and the participants of the XIX. Gronau Jazz Festival (one of Jambalaya’s songs became the official song of the festival). At Epiphany in 2008 the band made a tremendous live album, ""Wonder What Can Happen"" (CD+DVD), from recordings made at a concert in the Merlin Theatre. After another concert tour (Germany, Belgium, Holland’s greatest blues festival - Big Rivers Blues Fest), in autumn 2008 they prepared their first video clip, ""Végállomás vagy utazás"". The clip is the forerunner of their latest album of the same title, that will be presented to audiences in Hungarian language from the winter of 2009. The first presentation will take place in the Budapest A38 in the evening of October 28th. Guest artists on the album are Attila Almási, Péter Glaser, Gábor Kollmann, Tamás Mohai, Gábor Sántha, Vig Tommy, Vera Tóth, Livius Varga, Viktória Voga and the Octovoice choire.
""Jambalaja"" is the well-known name of the peculiar and endlessly variable New Orleans dish consisting of vegetables and fish. This characterises New Orleans music, a distinc musical genre by now: we are free to mix the ingredients - jazz, blues and funky - any way we want to create an infinite variety. This is reflected in the choice of the band name. New Orleans music - just like jambalaja - is the result of the cultural mixture of ex-colonial African, European and Latin-American peoples, a vibrating music with a thousand roots that includes a huge number of musical adventures. It has grown to be a separate musical genre called ""New Orleans music"" by now. Jambalaya’s music is the 21st century adaptation of this tradition. The main focus of the instrumentation is to reproduce the authentic New Orleans style (this is why a constant solo guitar is not present). No other musicians represent this genre in Hungary. Apart from the Jambalaya songs Bob Shad, Allen Toussaint, Junior Wells, Professor Longhair, Otis Redding, Dr. John, Chuck Berry and Johnny Adams pieces are performed, of course in Jambalaya’s New Orleans interpretation."