Elek Istvan Quartet feat. Kriszta Pocsai (HUN)

Pocsai Kriszti – vocal
Elek István – saxophone
Ishtvan Gyarfas – guitar
Molnár Péter – contrabass
Cseh Balázs – drum

The band of the most advanced jazz performers in Hungary, in which everyone is best in his genre.  A sense of harmony and balance between the sounds of classical jazz motifs, combined with soul guitar elements, Latin music and funk.

The quartet debuted a few years ago, which turned out to be a great success for musicians in Hungary and in other countries.

Elek István is the founder of the quartet.  For four decades of his jazz career he was a soloist in many groups.  One of them was Deák Big Band, where he performed concerts around the world (USA, Scandinavia, OAU, Eastern Europe, Japan).

Istvan Gyarfas is a leading Hungarian jazz guitarist. He has brilliant technique, beautiful guitar sound and he is a gifted improviser. His passion for playing jazz with friends makes his shows extremely enjoyable and interesting.

He played with well known musicians all over the world as Scott Hamilton and Chris Potter (sax), Herbie Mann (flute), Benny Green and George Duke (piano), Ken Peplowsky (clarinet), Jimmy Woode (bass), Ed Thigpen, Alvin Queen and Peter Erskine (drums). He has been the jazz-guitarist of the year for four times now, and he won the Gabor Szabo prize of the Hungarian Jazz Federation.

Pocsai Kriszti. Has complete academic education, and in 1998 graduated jazz in the jazz department of the Franz Liszt musical academy. Teaches jazz at art and music schools all around Hungary.  Also, Christie has been conducting various jazz shows for Hungarian radio for 10 years.

Pop, jazz, funk – it is her element of vocal sound.