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tamas-siklosTamás Ittzés band leader (Bohém-member since 1985)

Instrument: piano, violin, Stroh violin, vocal – I also own a few kazoos and a washboard, too but it is better for everyone if I don't play those much
I was born: Budapest, Sept 20, 1967
Favourite Bohém-tune: Black Beauty (Ellington), Engem a rumba döntöget romba (Pál Herrer-István Zágon), Május van, az orgona virágzik (Mihály Eisemann-László Szilágyi)
Favourite ragtime composer: Joseph Lamb
Favourite jazz composer: Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Walter Donaldson
Favourite jazz musician (old): Wild Bill Davison, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Barney Bigard, Edmond Hall, Jo Jones, Lester Young, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (died in 2005-ben), Gene Schroeder (that's enough as there is no space for all of them, anyway)
Favourite jazz musician (today): Antoine Trommelen, Matthias Seuffert, Hal Smith, Jeff Barnhart, Michael Camillo, Brad Mehldau (etc., etc.)
Favourite jazz band (old): Benny Carter Orchestra (from the very first times), Benny Goodman Orchestra, Benny Goodman Quartet (and a lot of others)
Favourite jazz band (today): Bratislava Hot Serenaders, Shaffer's Riffers
Favourite classical music: Bach in the first place (but then Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Richard Strauss and Bartók are fine, too)
Favourite music of any other type(s): old Hungarian cabaret songs, good old Hungarian folk music (and a lot of other things, depending on my mood)
Favourite violin player: Pinchas Zukerman, Nathan Milstein, Leonidas Kavakos
Favourite instrument: violin, hauptbois/oboe (and, of course, the good old smoky jazz cornet)
Hobby: travelling, hiking, reading (I barely have time for this one), and a lot of other things that I either also have no time for, or I simply discontinue doing it (playing chess, listening to music, this kind of things. Basically my work is my hobby.


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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)

Temperament, Komik und Show zogen sich als verträgliche Einheit wie ein roter Faden durch den spektakulären Auftritt.
(Die Union, Deutschland)

Die Ungarn zeigten eine unbändige Spielfreunde, gepaart mit viel Humor und zurückhaltenden Show-Einlagen.
(Harz Kurier, Deutschland)

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.
(Kölner Rundschau, Deutschland)
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