Started his music carrier in his own beatband when he was 14. He won an international youth jazz singer competition, the ‘Best of’ list of the International Jazz Federation still declare him the best jazz singer of Europe. He teaches jazz singing at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and he is the head of dthe music department at Kőbányai Könnyűzenei Stúdió.
He has nearly five hundred records with music and (devotedly) with Hungarian lyrics. In 2004 he got the highest professional award, the Hungarian Jazz Federation ‘Gábor Szabó Lifetime Achievment Award’. He also got Artisjus Award, Inter-Lyra Award, he got the Niveau Price of the Danube Television, and in 2007 he earned the Knight’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit. Latest news, that in 2015 he got a Fonogram Award for the the best jazz record.
‘On 9, January 2016, at the Sport Hall of Hévíz there was a concert to welcome the new year, and it was the second occasion in short time for me to get suprised by the professionalism of the Happy Dixieland Band… Their show was cheerful, in a relaxed atmosphere, with nice humour, they play was dinamic, correct, diverse and stylish, while they presented the jazz trends of the beginnig of the twnties century in an authentic and entertaining way even in music and in the exteriority… in our short playing together they also gave a correct and beautiful background to my singing for my, for the band’s and especially for the pleasure of the audience!’
Best regards, Tamás Berki
Budapest, 23 January 2016.