JazzyBIT is a trio consisting of Teodor Pop (piano, keys), Mihai Moldoveanu (bass) and Szabó Csongor-Zsolt (drums). Active since 2012, JazzyBIT offers an energetic combination of jazz and rock, scattered here and there with blues, latin and funk. The group describes its style as being “loud jazz”. It sounds like Hiromi would play with Snarky Puppy, but in a trio. All About Jazz compares JazzyBIT with the Esbjörn Svensson Trio: “JazzyBIT channeled the successful Esbjörn Svensson Trio combo by bringing a bit of rock attitude to catchy tunes adorned with a melodic lilt. What also caught the ear was their combination of funky rhythms, tight musicianship and witty arrangements.”.
The band released the debut album “Touch the Sky” in 2014, followed by the album “Horizon” in 2016. In 2021 JazzyBIT releases its third album “Drive”, mixed in New York City at the The Bunker Studio by John Davis (bass player of the band Jojo Mayer / Nerve) and mastered by Alex DeTurk, both awarded with the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album in 2019.
The band has a flourishing live activity, counting over 250 concerts in its 10 years of existence. Until now, JazzyBIT has played in 16 countries on three continents, participating in some of the world’s most famous jazz festivals, like the Blue Note Jazz Festival New York, Jarasum International Jazz Festival in Seoul (South Korea), Katara European Jazz Festival in Doha (Qatar), A to JazZ Festival in Sofia (Bulgaria), Belgrade Jazz Festival in Serbia, Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival in Lithuania and several appearances at the Gărâna Jazz Festival and Jazz in the Park in Cluj-Napoca (Romania). They also play in many jazz clubs with tradition like Porgy & Bess (Vienna), Reduta Jazz Club (Prague), Sunset Sunside (Paris), PizzaExpress Jazz Club (London) or the Budapest Jazz Club. Besides the jazz circuit, the band also played at some multi-genre festivals, such as the Sziget Festival in Hungary, the Exit Festival in Serbia or the Untold Festival in Romania, but also in some well-known clubs from the European circuit, like the A38 in Budapest or the Control in Bucharest.
Alongside the contemporary folklore group Subcarpați, JazzyBIT launches the Subcarpați x JazzyBIT / SUBJazz project, a merge of the music of the two groups, in 2017. Alongside Horea Crișovan the band performs at the Timișoara Jazz Festival in 2018 and at the Gărâna Jazz Festival in 2019.
Teodor Pop fell in love with the piano at the early age of 4 and studied classical music until 14, when he joined the jazz classes of the Francisc Hubic Popular Art School from Oradea. In 2001, he was awarded a Certificate in Jazz, with a perfect final exam. One year later, he moved to Timișoara, where he continues to play jazz and blues in several projects. In 2004, he won the Best Pianist Award at the Iuliu Merca memorial competition in Cluj Napoca. Teodor is a Nord Keyboards artist.
Mihai Moldoveanu started playing bass in high school and is self-taught. With a background in rock music and having learned jazz by doing, Mihai is interested in many styles of music and art. Besides JazzyBIT, Mihai also plays with Urma and Amalia Gaiță, while being the initiator of the event of improvised music Paperjam. Mihai has a very diverse musical background, approaching almost every genre, from electronic music to black metal. For more information about Mihai, please visit mihaimoldoveanu.ro
Szabó Csongor-Zsolt graduated the Sigismund Toduţă High School of Music in Cluj-Napoca and the Percussion department of the Music University from the West University in Timişoara. He has been a drum teacher since he was 16 and has played over 600 concerts. In 2010, he was awarded the Prize for the Best instrumentalist at the MAMF competition in Köröstarcsa, Hungary. Csongor is an Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals artist.
Musicians Of The Year
Banat Jazz Awards – 2017
Group Of The Year
Timișoara Jazz Awards – 2016
“Muzza” Foundation Awards – 2013