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Jazz legends spend memorable days at Aria Hotel Budapest

Published: February 24th, 2016

We recently had the honor of welcoming  two amazing Jazz artists, Benny Golson and Randy Brecker to the Aria Hotel Budapest. As a musically inspired hotel, we found their presence to be nothing less than inspiring. We wanted to share with you a little bit of background on these Jazz marvels and their trip to Budapest!

Benny Golsons signature on one of the mirrors in Satchmo's Bar & Lounge at the Aria Hotel BudapestBoth Benny Golson and Randy Brecker are native to Philadelphia and each have a rich history that showcases their unending talent and love for jazz music. Golson has played his saxophone alongside artists like John Coltrane, Red Garland, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath, Philly Joe Jones, Red Rodney and of course, the greatest jazz musician of the 20th century, the unforgettable Miles Davis. Davis frequently played songs which were composed by Golson.  Brecker has played with Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, Jaco Pastorius and Dire Straits – just to name a few.  During there stay with us the musicians were staying in our Aria Signature Room with a Music Garden Balcony and both of them were, fittingly, in the Jazz Wing of the Hotel. They were in the Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis rooms during their five days in Budapest.

Benny Golson playing cameo in the movie Terminal. Can you compare his autograph in the film and on our mirror?

Aria is Budapest’s very first music themed luxury boutique hotel, it nurtures its connections with the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, where Mr. Brecker and Mr.Golson rehearsed with the Budapest-based Modern Art Orchestra, lead by Kornél Fekete-Kovács. We were lucky enough to have them sign two mirrors in the hotel bar, Satchmo’s and we were able to snag a few photos of them in the halls of the hotel, filled with the ease and elegance of jazz. They were also gracious enough to perform in the hotel’s lobby.

10649492_1706869379546874_4099122652553952661_nBoth Mr Golson and Mr Brecker were fascinated by the hotel’s deep love and respect for music, especially in the fields of jazz and rock and roll. Mr Becker wrote on his Facebook-page: ”In Budapest with the incredible Modern Art Orchestra feat: Benny Golson and me. Thanks to Kornel Fekete-Kovacs for his great trumpet playing and leadership. The Orchestra was off the charts! Thanks also to Kornel Magyar for the wonderful stay at Hotel Aria.”

If you have a love of music and are interested in experiencing the Aria Hotel Budapest please feel free to reach out to us. You can email us or visit our website. We look forward to welcoming musicians and music lovers alike!

For those of you would like to listen to a little bit of Mr. Brecker and Mr. Golsons work here are my favorite pieces-   Randy Brecker & Benny Golson

Thanks, gentlemen! May the jazz be with you!

Benny Golson and Randy Brecker visiting the Aria Hotel Budapest