OH YEAH DAY – WORLD DAY OF CLASSIC JAZZ
The goal of the Oh Yeah movement is to make an international celebration of Classic Jazz on Louis Armstrong's birthday, the 4th of August. First step was to start the events going in 2011 that included many concerts in 5 different countries (Australia, Brazil, Spain, USA and Hungary) – see a short compilation video about the 2011 and 2012 Oh Yeah Day among the Videos.
In 2012 there was an Oh Yeah Day Festival in Texas and the Hungarian Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band gave Oh Yeah Day-concerts in England during the Summer Olypmics.
The official, publicly open start of the movement was Nov 25, 2010.
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WHAT IS OH YEAH?
Oh Yeah simply means YES to life: it is the feeling when you have nothing to say but "Oh Yeah"; as a compliment at a concert, or when you taste a great wine or see a beautiful woman. Whoever has experienced such a feeling once, is seeking for it over and over again. The Oh Yeah feeling came to the surface first through jazz, the music of liberty, and then spread around the world. Experience this feeling at the 100th anniversary of Louis Armstrong, on the 4th of August. Oh, Yeah!
WHY CLASSIC JAZZ?
Oh Yeah is the essence of life. It is the joy of life, expressed with absolute simplicity that everybody understands and it means the same everywhere in the world. Most people associate the expression with Louis Armstrong, King of Classic Jazz. He was the one who regularly used this simple but very meaningful expression in his music. The Oh Yeah feeling helps everyone to forget about everyday problems and even economic crisis and war become secondary. The joy of life represented and expressed by Armstrong has not changed at all and, although all musical styles have their own "Oh Yeah's", classic jazz is the only one that essentially remain the same and it's still on the surface. And the same Oh Yeah feeling has been delivered by later musical styles, too, including blues, rhythm and blues, rock'n'roll, rockabilly, funky. This was the source for Elvis, the Beatles and the hippy era. This is a feeling that will remain with us forever and for what we will always desire, with or without music. Even if we might not know that the source is Classic Jazz and Louis Armstrong. Let's make Armstrong's 110th birthday the first Oh Yeah Day, International Day of Classic Jazz! Oh, Yeah...
Dr. Tamás Ittzés
Dr. Tamás Ittzés (born in Budapest, Hungary, Sept 20, 1967), leader of the Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band. As classical violinist he teaches at the world famous Kodály School in Kecskemét and at the Debrecen University, Hungary. As ragtime and early jazz pianist he plays around the world, mostly with his band, the Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band (founded in 1985).
He comes from a musical family. He began to study violin at the age of six and piano two years later. In 1985, he founded the Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band, one of the premier classic jazz bands today. Since 1992 he has organized the International Bohém Ragtime Jazz Festival. Graduated as classical violinist at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest in 1993.
Besides teaching, he maintains a playing career as concert master and chamber musician. He won first prize with his composition Sedalia Rag at the International Scott Joplin Ragtime Composition Contest in the US in 2001 and his band was given the eMeRT-on Prize as the Best Jazzband of The Year in 2003. He got the "Prima Award" in Hungarian Musical Art category in Bács-Kiskun county in 2010. He received his doctorate degree (Doctor of Musical Arts) in 2009 after successfully defending his doctoral dissertation entitled "German Baroque Solo Violin Literature from Biber to Bach - relationship in instrumental technique and composition". He is chairman of the Kecskemét Jazz Foundation and the Swing Jazz Cultural Foundation.