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Ragtime (CD, mp3, video)
I occasionally play solo ragtime piano gigs since the foundation of the Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band and I have also composed ragtime tunes. As a soloist I have played at a few North American festivals (Boulder, Sacramento, Sedalia, Montreal) and also in England (Bude) but I don't think I am a ragtime pianist but I look at myself rather as a violin player who incidentally plays some piano, including a little ragtime, too.
However, some people seem to like what I've been doing as, besides the festival appearances, I have two American recordings under my name. I recorded two albums for the Californian label Pianomania: a cassette entitled What's Your Price? in 1994 and a CD in 1997 called Wild Romantic Blues. On these recordings, besides doing solo piano work, I play violin-piano duos with myself. You can listen to two songs from the latter album below. In case, you want to order any of these recordings, just drop us an E-mail at order (at) bohemragtime.com or call (or send an SMS) to +36(20)336-4620. (The tape costs 18 USD/13 EUR, the CD is 23 USD/18 EUR, including handling and postage.)
In 2001 I won first prize at the International Scott Joplin Ragtime Composition Contest with my Sedalia Rag. A few of my ragtime tunes will be available soon under the Scores link on the left.
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I must confess you, your band is the best oldtime jazzband, which I've ever heard in my life. You do a real music with heart. Each of you had me deep impressed.
(Dai Kimoto, CH, 2010)
The music the Bohém played in Davos was excellent. Tineke and I found the last evening in Steigenberg the best performance.
(Willem Peul, NL, 2010)
I want to tell you that I appreciated very much your band which is a perfect balance of traditional jazz, entertainment and music from your country with plenty of humour. And this combination by excellent musicians.
(Michel Bastide, F, 2010)
A tight-knit, disciplined, and intensely swinging ensemble. [...] The arrangements by Ittzés are both stylistically true and brilliantly inventive.
(CBMR Digest, Chicago, USA)
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(Die Union, Deutschland)
Die Ungarn zeigten eine unbändige Spielfreunde, gepaart mit viel Humor und zurückhaltenden Show-Einlagen.
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Mit ihrem temperamentvollen, mitreissenden Ragtime spielte sich die ungarische Bohém Ragtime Jazzband in die Herzen der Zuhörer und hinterliess einen glänzenden Eindruck. [...] Sie sind eine perfekt aufeinander abgestimmte Band, in der jeder sein Instrument virtuos beherrscht. Und das zeigte sich nicht nur imgemeinsamen harmonischen Zusammenspiel, sondern auch in den zahlreichen wunderschönen Soli.
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