Elek Bacsik

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Elek Bacsik
Born(1926-05-22)May 22, 1926
Budapest, Hungary
Died(1993-02-14)February 14, 1993
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
InstrumentsGuitar, violin
Years active1960s–1970s

Elek Bacsik (22 May 1926 – 14 February 1993) was a Hungarian-American jazz guitarist and violinist. He was the cousin of guitarist Django Reinhardt.[1]


Bacsik was born in Budapest, Hungary. He was the son of Arpad Bacsik and Erzsebet Pocsi.

He studied classical violin at the Budapest Conservatory before moving to jazz guitar.[2] He worked in a big band with Jozsef Quitter and Geza Szabo and recorded for the first time in his career with this band[1] in 1943.[2] A few years later he went on tour in Europe and Lebanon with Mihaly Tabanyi.[2] He was hired by Renato Carosone to be in a quartet with Peter Van Wood and Gegè Di Giacomo in which he played bass, violin, and guitar.[2] When he lived in Paris, he accompanied American musicians who were passing through, such as Lou Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie,[1] Quentin Jackson, Art Simmons, and Clark Terry.[2] He also supported French singer Serge Gainsbourg.[2] In 1966, he moved to the U.S.[1] and until 1974 accompanied Teresa Brewer.[2][1] In the 1970s he recorded as a leader on violin and electric violin.[2] He played at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1974 and ten years later at the Olympic Games Jazz Festival in Los Angeles.[2][1]


As leader[edit]

  • The Electric Guitar of the Eclectic Elek Bacsik (Fontana, 1962)
  • Guitar Conceptions (Fontana, 1963)
  • I Love You (Bob Thiele Music, 1974)
  • Bird and Dizzy: A Musical Tribute (Flying Dutchman, 1975)

As sideman[edit]

With Barbara

  • Chante Barbara (1974)
  • Barbara Chante Barbara (1998)
  • Gottingen 64–65 (1998)

With Lou Bennett

With Serge Gainsbourg

With Dizzy Gillespie


  1. ^ a b c d e f Wynn, Ron. "Elek Bacsik". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Gabor Simon, Geza; Lotz, Rainer E. (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries. p. 102. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.


  • 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

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