The Embassy of Hungary in Washington DC, in cooperation with the Hungarian American Cultural Association presents a special Jazz night honoring Béla Bartók with the Daniel Szabo Quartet featuring Grammy Award winner Chris Potter.

The 90 minute program will include music inspired by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. This year is the 70th anniversary of Bartók's death and the concert is a part of cultural events this year commemorating his work and life. The Jazz concert will be held on May 14, 2015, at 7pm at the Embassy of Hungary. 

The Daniel Szabo Quartet is made up of exceptionally talented and accomplished U.S. based Jazz musicians.

Daniel Szabo (piano, compositions)

Daniel Szabo is an award-winning jazz pianist-composer. He started playing the piano and composing at the age of 4.
Since then, he has been very active in several musical fields from jazz to classical or world music.

Daniel’s previous two albums of original music were released by Warner Jazz and BMC Records, and featured two phenomenal artists of current jazz scene: Kurt Rosenwinkel and Chris Potter. Both albums were critically acclaimed worldwide by high profile jazz magazines and forums. Szabo won numerous international competitions, such as the Grand Prize of the City of Paris at the 6th Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition in 2006 and the Jas Hennessy Solo Piano Competition in Montreux in 2000. Szabo actively composes for large/chamber ensembles as well as for jazz combos and solo piano. Besides leading his own bands, he also performs as a session musician with several groups either from the more traditional or radically modern side of jazz and in other fields, such as world or classical music. A Song From There is Daniel Szabo’s latest album that has been released in February of 2014, Los Angeles, distributed worldwide. His original compositions featured on this album are showing multiple influences: the jazz idiom, the works of several classical masters - with a special emphasis on Bela Bartok -, and the hints of Eastern-European folklore are all implemented in his musical language.

Chris Potter (saxophones)

Chris Potter is a world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Down Beat called him "One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet" while Jazz Times identified him as "a figure of international renown." A potent improvisor and the youngest musician ever to win Denmark's Jazzpar Prize, Potter's impressive discography includes 15 albums as a leader and sideman appearances on over 100 albums. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his solo work on "In Vogue," a track from Joanne Brackeen’s 1999 album Pink Elephant Magic, and was prominently featured on Steely Dan’s Grammy-winning album from 2000, Two Against Nature. He has performed or recorded with many of the leading names in jazz, such as Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Ray Brown and many others.

Ferenc Nemeth (drums)

Ferenc Nemeth is an accomplished and versatile musician who continues to push the boundaries of jazz drumming and composition. Nemeth has since the early days of his career, been one of the most sought after drummers both, in his native Hungary as well as in the United States. An exciting performer and imaginative collaborator, Nemeth is well regarded for his work with the Lionel Loueke Trio and GilFeMa and has also travelled, performed and collaborated extensively as a bandleader, co-leader, sideman and educator as well as initiating creative projects of his own. From his early days at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Thelonius Monk Insitute of Jazz in Los Angeles, Nemeth has learned from and worked with the world’s finest jazz musicians and groups including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, the Billy Childs Trio, Bob Sheppard, Dave Carpenter, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, The Henry Mancini Orchestra amongst others.

Jorge Roeder (bass)

Jorge Roeder originally from Lima, Peru, Jorge Roeder is one of the most versatile bass players in the New York jazz scene. He was awarded 1st prize at the 2007 International Society Of Bassists Jazz Competition, and he was a semi-finalistatthe 2009 Thelonious Monk Jazz Bass Competition. At the age of 14, he began to study the cello and two years later was invited to pursue his classical studies at the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. After taking up the double bass at age 18, Jorge was appointed assistant principal bassist of the Lima Philharmonic and Opera orchestras for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. Touring, recording, and performing actively in New York City, Jorge is currently part of several projects, including The Julian Lage Group; Shai Maestro Trio, Victor Prieto Trio, Ryan Keberle’s Catharsis, among others. He is a founding member and artistic director of the Sofia Rei Group, which performs traditional South American music as well as original jazz-influenced compositions. A musician with diverse interests and a wide range of abilities, Jorge has performed with luminaries such as Gary Burton, Alex Acuna, Geoffrey Keezer, Steve Lacy, Antonio Sanchez, Kenny Werner and Matt Wilson.