Gabor Szabo

Real Name:Gábor István Szabó

Hungarian jazz guitarist who worked in America.
Born: 8 March 1936 in Budapest, Hungary.
Died: 26 February 1982 in Budapest, Hungary (aged 45).
An influential jazz guitarist, famous for mixing jazz, pop-rock, and his native Hungarian music. Inspired by jazz music heard on Voice Of America radio broadcasts, Szabó began playing guitar at the age of 14. Escaping Hungary in 1956 and moving to the USA where he attended the Berkeley School Of Music in Boston. In 1958, he was also invited to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival. Szabó then went on to perform with the quintet of southern California drummer Chico Hamilton from 1961 to 1965. Beginning in 1966, he recorded a well-received span of albums under his own name on the Impulse! label. In the late 1960s he co-founded the short-lived Skye Records label along with Cal Tjader and Gary McFarland. Later he signed with Blue Thumb Records and CTI Records. Szabó died in Budapest in 1982 from liver and kidney disease while on a visit to his homeland.

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In Groups:Attila Garai Sextet, Charles Lloyd & His Quintet, Jazz In The Classroom, The Charles Lloyd Quartet, The Chico Hamilton Octet, The Chico Hamilton Quintet, The Chico Hamilton Sextet, The Gabor Szabo Sextet, The International Youth Band
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