Kecskemét Journals

Swingin' Kecskemét

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A March 2006 trip to Kecskemét by Idler

The Belgrade Dixieland Orchestra Photo, More Photos
Quote: Hot jazz in Hungary? You betcha!

Swingin' Kecskemét

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Overview

The Belgrade Dixieland Orchestra Photo,
Quote:
Spring festivals are celebrated throughout Hungary during the second half of March, most notably in Budapest, whose Spring Festival is the largest annual cultural event in Hungary . I attended a number of Spring Festival concerts in Budapest, but my original impetus for coming to Hungary was to attend the Bohém Ragime & Jazz Festival in Kecskemét. I’d first run across mention of this festival on this website. As a longtime fan of ragtime music, the more I researched the festival, the more intrigued I became. The Bohém Festival demonstrates how an originally American form of music has spread around the glo...Read More

Hotel Aranyhomok

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Hotel

Hotel Aranyhomok Photo,
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Hotel Aranyhomok was the base for the Bohém Ragtime & Jazz Festival for musicians and out-of-town audience members alike. In addition to being quite a nice hotel, the location couldn’t have been more convenient, just off Kecskemét’s main square and only a few blocks from the festival venue. While booking a single room online, I noticed there were two room types, one modestly priced at around 34 euros and the other nearly double that price. As I was staying only one night and would be spending little time in my room, I opted for the budget room, which I found spartan-looking but clean and pleasant overall. Frankly, I prefer simplicity to some of the attempts at luxury décor I’ve seen in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Hotel Aranyhomok
6000 Kecskemét, Kossuth tér 3
Kecskemét , Hungary
+36 (76) 503-730

Túróczy Étterem és Kávéház

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Restaurant

Túróczy Étterem és Kávéház Photo,
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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and from what I’ve observed there’s some truth to this. And a woman’s heart? Are diamonds a girl’s best friend? Is the way paved with roses? If the truth be told, my heart is up for grabs to the man – any man – who takes my coat with a flourish, bids me to sit wherever I please, pulls out a chair at the table, and then solicitously asks what he can bring me. This makes me a complete pushover for just about any waiter in Hungary, but especially the attentive young men at Túróczy Restaurant & Coffeehouse. Stepping into the quiet, dark-wood-paneled main dining room, I’m greeted by a phalanx of waiters, white linen towel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Túróczy Étterem és Kávéház
Szabadság tér 2/9
Kecskemét , Hungary
+36 06 76 509 176

The Kecskemét Spring Festival

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Attraction

The art of vegetable & fruit carving Photo,
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The Kesckemét Spring Festival (Kecskeméti Tavaszi Fesztivál) is one of the many spring festivals that blossom throughout Hungary during March. Two weeks of events, including concerts of choral music, orchestras, chamber ensembles, folk music, and jazz vie with theater performances, puppet shows, and arts and crafts exhibits for the visitor’s attention. In addition, booths are set up in Kecskemét’s main square selling local crafts and foods. Most of my brief stay in Kecskemét was spent attending the 15th Bohém Ragtime & Jazz Festival, but before and after concerts on Friday and Saturday, I strolled through the town square, enjoying the lively festival scene. Townsfolk had turned out in ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

The Belgrade Dixieland Orchestra Photo,
Quote:
"Ragtime dead? Hell, it ain't even sick!" - Bob DarchThe Bohém Ragtime & Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in Hungary. It has been going strong since 1992 under the direction of Tamás Ittzés, who just happens to also be an accomplished classical violinist, composer, pianist, jazz bandleader, recording artist, and high school music teacher. Actually, thinking about all the things that Tamás does makes me slightly dizzy. When I e-mailed for tickets to the festival, I got a prompt reply from Tamás, which was reassuring as initially I wasn’t quite sure if my plan to travel to Hu...Read More
Ain't Misbehavin'   Photo,
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The Bohem Festival’s Saturday program offered a full day of events, with concerts scheduled in the morning, afternoon, and evening at the Erdei Ferenc Cultural Center. Daytime concerts were held in a large conference/display area rather than the concert hall, providing an even more intimate venue, especially for those (such as me) who came in early and secured seats in the front. Jazz photos by Péter Siklós were on display on the walls, making a fitting backdrop for the performers. Festival director Tamás Ittzés served as emcee (as he had the previous evening), introducing each each band or musician in Hungarian and then briefly in English. The Freeman Jazz Band got things rolling for the ...Read More

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