Zoltan Grof, trumpet
Zoltan grew up in the '50s behind the Iron Curtain in Budapest, Hungary, and attended the Bela Bartok Jazz Conservatory. He won a spot as a member of the renowned Studio 11, the top orchestra and show band heard on Hungarian radio. Along the way, he mastered American jazz as if he had come of age in the bebop days of post-war Manhattan.
You can hear a bit of Miles, a bit of Freddie Hubbard (his favorite), a bit of Chet Baker and a lot of Zoltan's own voice. He builds his improvised solos as smoothly as melodies. His jazz chops were well developed when he came to Canada in 1983 and then to South Florida in 1989. Ever since, he has been in demand from big bands, jazz combos, Latin ensembles and pop groups in need of horns.
As Zoltan says, now we are cruising with absolute ease.