New Budapest Clubs


The Budapest jazz scene has been given a boost with the opening of two new jazz clubs this fall. At the beginning of October, the historic cafe-restaurant, Pilvax, a popular artists’ hangout for over a century, started offering jazz every night of the week except Sundays. Pianist Béla Szakcsi Lakatos’ trio opened the club but the organizers plan to change groups every week. Support for the jazz cafe has come from the Jazz Department of the Hungarian Musicians’ Union which hopes, that at long last local and visiting jazz musicians will have a regular hangout.

In early December, a more exclusive jazz club opened in the Hotel Hilton in Buda Castle. The club’s ceremonial opening in the hotel ballroom featured Aladár Pege's band along with other jazzmen from Hungary and abroad.

(Jazz Forum, 1982/1)