Born: February 18, 1941 Primary Instrument: Clarinet
Lajos Dudas was born in Budapest/Hungary and studied there at the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (1958-1963), laying the foundations for his successful career not only as jazz and pop/rock musician but also on the classical side (Strawinsky: Three Solopieces, Weber: Clarinet Quintet, Glazunow: Concerto for Altosax). He is thus brilliant at interweaving bop nuances, folk music, contemporary classical and the avant-garde, to create an unique sound in wich he rings the changes, either swinging free and easy or improvising in shimmering tone colours. Joachim-Ernst Berendt writes in his THE GREAT JAZZ BOOK : Dudas is a stylist highly regarded in Europe for the tenderness and lightness of his free-tonal playing. — ...and he can also plays the good old american blues. CKCU-FM / Ottawa
APPOINTMENTS: 1963-1973 freelanc Musician, 1973-2003 Teacher/School of Music in Neuss/Germany, 1975-1985 Lecturer / Pedagogical Academy Rheinland/GER, 1996-2006 Artistic Director for Concert Series in Neuss/GER.
CREATIVE WORKS: over 50 Singles/LPs/CDs — Numerous Radio- and TV- Productions (ORF/Vienna, Bavarian Radio/Munich, West German Radio & Television/Cologne, SWR/Baden-Baden, Radio Sofia/Bulgarian, Hungarian Radio/Budapest...) — Concerts/Festivals (The North Sea Festival/Holland, Kato Days/Berlin, East-West Jazzfestival Nuremberg...)— Pop-, Jazz-, Classical-, and Experimental Music Collaborations (Leverkusen, Munster, Viersen, Toulouse...) — Some great musicians have worked with Lu (only a small selections) : Karl Berger, Gerd Dudek, Philipp van Endert, Tom van der Geld, Howard Johnson, Theo Joergensmann, Leonard Jones, Albert Mangelsdorff, Vitold Rek, Tommy Vig, Attila Zoller... — His career has encompassed works for clarinet and woodwind chamber music. He has also written a Clarinet Method in 2 volumes. —
— Influences : The Three Big B's, Bach / Bartok / Blues — Record Labels : JazzSick, Konnex, Double Moon/Challenge, Pannon Jazz/Classic, Edition Musikat —
Lajos Dudas lives in Überlingen/Lake of Constance, South-Germany.
Awards:HONOURS: 1st Prize 11th. International Competition of Jazz Themes Monaco 1982 for his composition "URBAN BLUES". — Nominated for Top People Poll/International Jazz Forum 1983/84/85/86.
He is sensitiv, inventiv and can really Swing — CADENCE / New York
His earthiness, his sharp-edged originality, the warm sound and the heart-felt blues - in short, the magnificent fusion of feeling and technique: all contribute to his pre-eminence in the field — JAZZ PODIUM / Germany
Dudas is among the best contemporary jazz clarinetists — JAZZ, THE MAGAZINE / London
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