The Dániel SZABÓ Trio: Dániel SZABÓ, piano Mátyás SZANDAI, contrabass Jonathan PINSON, drums
The formation of internationally renowned musicians worthy of the jazz genre: the liberated joy of playing together, special rhythmic richness and a series of characteristic melodies characterize their way of performing. Dániel SZABÓ's (leader of the ensemble, also trained in classical music) compositions often contain elements of classical music, but other musical styles also serve as inspiration. Orchestral interaction is an important aspect: reacting to each other and the spirit of communal music making.
Respectful to tradition, fresh, dynamic, true contemporary music waiting for the audience of the trio!
Daniel SZABO is an award-winning pianist-composer. His music has a unique tone, showing multiple influences, including his Eastern-European roots. He regularly performs at major venues both in the US and Europe; his trio was featured in the “Mellon Jazz Up” series hosted by Danilo Perez at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, sharing the stage with such artists as Lang Lang or the Wayne Shorter Quartet. He has toured worldwide and collaborated with Chris Potter, Peter Erskine and Kurt Rosenwinkel, among many others. His latest album, “Visionary”, was selected by JAZZIZ as “Best Albums of the Year 2019”. It was written for a unique instrumentation combining woodwind sextet with string quartet and jazz rhythm section, featuring Bob Sheppard, Kim Richmond, Sara Andon, Edwin Livingston and Peter Erskine. The style of this new repertoire shows a blend of jazz, classical and film music idioms. Szabo is the winner of the ASCAP/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize; the Grand Prize of the City of Paris at the “Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Contest” in 2006 and the “Jas Hennessy Solo Piano Competition” in Montreux, in 2000.
Szabo is also a professor at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and at the University of Pecs (PTE).
Matyas SZANDAI was graduated in the classical departement of Ferenc Liszt Acadamy of Music in Budapest. He has had the opportunity to play and record with famous musicians such as Archie Shepp, David Murray, Herbie Mann, Chico Freeman, Rosario Giuliani, Charlie Mariano, Hamid Drake, William Parker, Rob Brown, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gerard Presencer,Robin Eubanks, Chris Potter, Flavio Boltro, John Ellis, Zbigniew Namislowski, Daniel Szabo ,Mihaly Dresch, Kalman Olah etc. With various line-ups he has toured America, India and has performed in almost every country in Europe.
Jonathan PINSON began his love affair with the drum set at the age of two when he was surrounded by the music of his mother’s choir. His formal music training began at the age of six with instruction on the piano. Shortly after, Jonathan transitioned to the drum set at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and studied with Billy Higgins from The World Stage.
While in high school, Jonathan performed professionally at various jazz clubs around the Los Angeles area. He also enjoyed mentoring young percussion enthusiasts and helped conduct jazz workshops for inner city youths at local public elementary schools, in high school as well as in college.
During his senior year in high school, Jonathan won three major coveted awards, 1st place in the Music Center's Spotlight Award (2007), Performer of the Year at Alexander Hamilton High School and the Jimmy Lyon's Scholarship Award for a full tuition scholarship at the Berklee College of Music. Additionally, he received the Dolo Coker Scholarship (2009, 2010).
After Jonathan received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Music at the Berklee College of Music, he was one of seven musicians selected for the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at the University of California Los Angeles, which resulted in a Masters of Music.
Shortly after being chosen, he was asked to tour with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter's band, at the age of 23. This experience identified him as a highly sought after drummer in the music industry and has allowed him to tour and perform with notable artists such as Ambrose Akinmusire, John Clayton, Dave Liebman, Ed Simon, Eric Reed, Kamasi Washington, Marquis Hill and Gilad Hekselman to name a few.
He has performed and toured at various locations including the following: Tokyo Jazz Festival, International Jazz Day in Istanbul Turkey, Panama Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Nancy France Jazz Festival, a tour of Israel with The Ronen Shmueli Quintet, Newport Jazz Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival, and the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Currently he is actively performing with other artists, and teaching throughout New York and Los Angeles.
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