The first online Jazz Showcase has taken place – here are the favourites of the jury and the audience

2021. January 27.

On Sunday, for the 14th time the spaces of Müpa Budapest reverberated with the sounds of jazz, this time both in real life and virtually, too. The production of this year's Jazz Showcase took place in special circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic. There was a recording of performances from the talent show's youthful bands, before the day ended with a live broadcast of an evening concert by the Subtones, the band of Gábor Subicz, one of the discoveries of the 2008 Jazz Showcase.

The Bettika Quintet received the Professional Prize, based on the votes of the jury, while in an extremely close call the Dávid Varga Quintet won the Audience Prize. Both groups can look forward to the chance to perform during Müpa Budapest's 2021/22 season – hopefully in front of a live audience. You can also encounter the latter band at the 30th Zemplén Festival, as Dávid Varga and his group also received the festival's special award. Thanks to the Hungarian Jazz Association, you will have the chance to hear the Fábió Fehér Trio at the Hungarian Jazz Festival on 14 April, while the Baló Sámuel Trio earned the opportunity to perform at the Budapest Music Center and will also play in Veronika Harcsa's Courtyard at the 30th Valley of the Arts Festival. The Tamás Bolyki Quartet won the Samaria Jazz Special Prize, while the Albert Horváth Quartet have been invited to play at the 606 Club in London. 

Thank you for your participation and a warm congratulations to the winners!