Elek Bacsik

Decades: 2000s


22 May 1926, Budapest, Hungary, d. 1994, Chicago, Illinois, USA. After studying violin Bacsik took up the guitar, although he frequently returned to his first instrument in later years. Bacsik’s early repertoire included gypsy music alongside classical music, but his switch to guitar coincided with a growing interest in jazz, a trend befitting a man who was believed to be distantly related to Django Reinhardt. During the 40s and 50s he was active mostly in eastern Europe but at the end of the 50s he journeyed to France, becoming resident for a time in Paris. Here he met and played with visiting American jazzmen. In the mid-60s he moved again, this time to the USA, where he worked in jazz and also became known for his dazzling violin-playing in resort hotels and casinos. He also worked with country music fiddlers, happily adapting to a rich variety of venues, audiences and accompanists, and continued his multi-faceted career throughout subsequent decades. Like...

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