|Born||May 22, 1926|
|Died||February 14, 1993|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Bacsik was born in Budapest, Hungary, the son of Arpad Bacsik and Erzsebet Pocsi, of Romani ethnicity. He studied classical violin at the Budapest Conservatory before moving on to jazz guitar. In his teens, he recorded with Geza Szabo and Jozsef Quitter, then toured Europe with Mihaly Tabanyi. In 1949 he got his first big break from Renato Carosone, the Italian Neapolitan/Jazz/Rock pioneer. Renato wanted to put together a quartet. After some auditions, he signed Elek Bacsik to play on guitar, bass and violin. The other two musicians were Dutch guitarist Peter Van Wood and the Neapolitan drummer Gegè Di Giacomo. He lived in both Italy & Paris in the 1950s, adding some recordings with French and with American musicians who were passing through, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Lou Bennett, Art Simmons, and Quentin Jackson. In 1966, he moved to America and worked with Teresa Brewer until 1974. He played at the Olympic Games Jazz Festival in Los Angeles in 1984.
Bacsik played guitar on Gillespie's Dizzy on the French Riviera (1962) and later played violin with Gillespie at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1974. His violin playing is featured on I Love You (1974) and Bird and Dizzy: A Musical Tribute (1975).
- The Electric Guitar of the Eclectic Elek Bacsik (Fontana, 1962)
- Bossa Nova (Fontana, 1962)
- Guitar Conceptions (Fontana, 1963)
- Jazz Guitarist (Philips) (reissue of The Electric Guitar of the Eclectic Elek Bacsik)
- I Love You (Bob Thiele Music, 1975)
- Bird and Dizzy: A Musical Tribute (Flying Dutchman, 1975)
- Nuages (Universal, 2002)
With Lou Bennett
- Dansez et Revez (RCA Victor 430.051, 1960)
With Dizzy Gillespie
- Chante Barbara (1974)
- Barbara Chante Barbara (1998)
- Gottingen 64–65 (1998)
With Serge Gainsbourg
- Barnett, Anthony. Almost Like Being in Bop: a Not-So-Brief Account of the Hidden History of the Swing to Recorded Bebop and Progressive Violin in America and Europe. Lewes, East Sussex: AB Fable, 2005. More information on his recordings on violin on AB Fable Bulletin : violin improvisation studies