“Steve Hackett and Djabe is a marriage made in musical heaven.”

Ross Muir, FabricationsHQ

“Djabe is one of the best working fusion bands in the world today.”

Kent Sangster, Edmonton IJF, CAN

“One of the best fusion bands all over the world.”

John Nugent, Rochester, NY, International Jazz Festival producer

“The best band I’ve ever played with.”

Steve Hackett, Genesis guitarist

“Fantastic show, thank you for being with us.”

Ruud Wijkniet, Director of The Hague Jazz Festival

“What does Hungarian jazz sound like? Take smooth jazz played by seven guys who look like truck drivers and dump a couple of buckets of paprika on them. Add a little Eastern European folk sensibility, particularly that gypsy fiddle. A packed RIJF Big Tent ate it up.”

Jeff Spevak, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

“Friday night was a huge success – the weather was fine, and the crowds were ready! Folks jammed to a variety of great bands including Orquesta d’Soul, Djabe, and of course Big Bad Voodoo Daddy!”

Geoff Roach, Executive Director, San Jose Jazz

“It’s not hard to figure out why Djabe is the leading jazz-fusion band of Hungary. The group’s music is filled with lush textures and appealing melodies. Group member Kovács Ferenc, who has worked with David Murray and Archie Shepp, is an excellent soloist on trumpet, flugelhorn, and violin.”

Rochester Citynews

“I enjoyed Djabe’s music and the packaging for Sheafs are dancing is superb.”

Jim Simpson, Birmingham International Jazz Festival

“We all think that Djabe sounds great!”

Mia Hansson / Stockholm Jazz Festival

“This is a very interesting and intriguing music.”

Maurycy Meczekalski, Director of Od Nowa Club, Jazz od Nowa Festival, Poland

“It is most beautiful music, an excellent production, and the music is superb.”

Brian Dempster, Holywood International Jazz Festival, Northern Ireland

“I love their sound and stage presentation.”

Roscoe Dames, Bahamas Jazz Festival

“Djabe’s music is very interesting, well played and well produced. Congratulations!”

Associazione Blue Note Orchestra, Italy

“Their music is good, very good!”

Philippe Méziat, Bordeux Jazz Festival, France

“Djabe is a band from Hungary that has a nice combination of fusion, world music and folk music from their country. It really sounded very good to me. I was pleased over the nice blend of different styles combining into one sound. The pianist and trumpeter were both very good at playing the solos, too. And the rhythm section was very good in keeping the beat together as well.”

Andreas Ulanowsky, Sweden

“Djabe knows everything that is to be known about music. This is proved by their compositions, the carefully put together pieces together with their precise solos. Humour and lyric gentleness, relieved, drifting pulsation and sentimentalism follow each other in a way that it does not change over into soppiness not even for a minute.”

Neltz János, Hungarian Radio

“By the end of the concert we will become slightly different people…”

International DVD Magazine

“It’s very nicely played and produced and the musicianship is certainly world class. I think Steve surpassed himself. The packaging looks fantastic. Congratulations!”

Billy Budis, the manager of Steve Hackett

“They inspire and induce each other in order to get the best out of everyone. They are driven by one intention, by one emotion that is the endless love of the music they are playing. This is Djabe.”

Digital HomeMovie Magazine

“Both the content and the design of the album ‘Witchi Tai To’ by Djabe was made with professionalism that is becoming more and more indispensable in our days.”

Matók István, Stereo Magazine

“The sound experience consorts with special lighting effects – from here comes the particular style of the production, a fusion of jazz and world music using elements of European, African and Asian tunes and rhytms. Already at the foundation of the band in 1995, Djabe represented the similar style, and one year later, their introductory CD made a stir at professional circles.”

Retkes Attila, Magyar Hírlap

“The souls of the musicians of Djabe were thinking as if they had merged. The instruments are not accessories of the music, rather they are notions deflating certain connotations, which melt into the attentive look of the audience and into the continually projected patterns and lights.”

Underground Magazine

“Whether the music sets you free or not, that’s up to you to decide: one thing for certain, the mixture of different musical styles will take you from the land of the Magyars through a cultural array of musical influences and styles!”

Budapest Week

“Presently, seven musicians are playing at Djabe Jazz Band, who – according to László Varga, the director of the Cultural Centre – gave the best concert of ‘Jazz Fair’ during its existence of seven years.”

Medimurske Novine

“Not only etno and jazz elements are mixed in the music of Djabe, but also some fantastic rock/pop themes, which were introduced to the band’s musical profile by Sipos András, playing percussion, as well as being the vocalist. The one who has met unequivocally with the greatest success is Barabás Tamás, thanks to his famous solos on bass guitar.”

Jazz Prešov, X-Cite

“The Hungarian Djabe was one of the greatest surprises of the first night of Bratislavska Jazz Days 2002. Ethnic effects of worldjazz and the outstanding solos were crowned by those sounds that were brought out on authentic instruments by the members, ‘samans’ of Djabe.”

Národná Obroda

Proclaimed to be the number one Jazz/World Fusion band in Hungary, Djabe took part in the Kaslo Jazz Etc Summer Music Festival on 4th and 5th August, 2007. Djabe scored full marks with our audience, both on the Mainstage and Upstage.

Djabe plays unique music at a higher level, where Jazz is mixed together with Hungarian and other world music elements, and then they spice it with the use of exotic instruments. Djabe’s performance is dynamic, colorful and it enchants the audience. The musicians, Ferenc Kovacs on the trumpet and violin, Tamas Barabas on bass, Zoltan Kovacs piano, and Szilard Banai drummer, are fascinating and erudite players, and their virtuosity was enthusiastically received by our patrons.

We are confident in recommending Djabe, in knowing that their music and presentation will be one of the highlights for any show.

I would be personally pleased to have the opportunity to see Djabe perform again.


Jim Holland
Executive Director
Kaslo Jazz,
Kaslo, BC, Canada

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