New international jazz festival to provide platform for rising Hungarian talent

Billy Cobham brings a bit of Jazz to Hungary this weekend.

Organisers are hoping Hungary's new international jazz festival will become a platform for Hungarian talent to springboard onto the global music scene.

International stars from the world of Jazz are descending upon Budapest today to prepare for the launch of Hungary’s first international Jazz festival this weekend.

The Get Closer Budapest Jazz Fest, held at the MoMKult cultural centre, 22-24 April, will see American drummer Billy Cobham and his band headline an all-star line-up at the eagerly awaited event.

Italian trumpet player Paolo Fresu, Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and African bassist Richard Bona contribute to this year’s international line-up, along with a photography exhibition and a presentation on Hungarian contemporary literature.

Organiser Atilla Kleb said: “We want the festival to become a regular event presenting prominent foreign performers and leading Hungarian musicians, as well as promoting young Hungarian amateur bands.”

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