Eight dollars might buy you a restaurant lunch but it won’t cover a ticket to the movies. It doesn’t go very far in the world of jazz, although it would be enough for a used CD or some downloaded songs.
But here’s a bargain!
This coming weekend, March 26-28, the clever folks who run the Bohem Ragtime and Jazz Festival in Kecsemet, Hungary, will be broadcasting the proceedings online as they occur for the eight dollar fee mentioned above. And the eight dollars that would buy you a hamburger and drink will also allow you to view the concerts as you like from April 1 – May 31, with unlimited visits to the site (www.bohemragtime.com.)
The players include the Washboard Wizardz (USA), Nicolas Montier (France) – ts, Thilo Wagner (Germany) – p, Jennifer Leitham (USA) – sb, Vince Bartels (USA) – dr, Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band (Hungary), PapaJazz (Hungary) Swing Manouche Project (Hungary), Balázs Dániel (Hungary) Iván Nagy (Hungary) Penge Benge Jazz Band (Hungary).
I know that people are used to viewing video music clips online for free, and I’ve contributed to that phenomenon. But your eight dollars will also support the continuation of the Bohem Festival in years to come — surely a worthy endeavor.
Here’s a clip from the 2009 Festival — an all-star group playing SOMEDAY SWEETHEART — proof of the musical and cinematic quality you can expect:
(The players were Herbert Christ, trumpet; Matthias Seuffert, clarinet; Tamás Ittzés, violin, vocal; Morten Gunnar Larsen, piano; Ad van Beerendonk, bass; Nick Ward, drums.)