Orszaczky Budget Orchestra

17 & 24 January

A soul-funk tribute to a beloved figure in Australian music
Village Stage presented by China Southern Airlines
Meriton Festival Village
Hyde Park North
Entry near Archibald Fountain

17 & 24 January from 6.30pm

45 mins each set


The late, great Hungarian-born bandleader, composer and visionary Jackie Orszaczky was a beloved staple on the Sydney music scene for more than three decades. He held free Tuesday night residencies at iconic inner-city venues, where young musos could go to learn from one of the most respected figures in the game. He arranged innovative horn and string sections for some of the country’s biggest bands, including collaborations with Marcia Hines, Billy Thorpe, Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I and Savage Garden.

Jackie died of lymphoma in 2008, but his energy, passion, and dazzlingly inventive arrangements live on in multiple groups, including the 12-piece Orszaczky Budget Orchestra. Fronted by Tina Harrod and vocalist Darren Percival, the ensemble showcases a big band which features many of the musicians that collaborated with Jackie over the years and was specially formed to showcase a vibrant horn section. A throwback tribute party full of Jackie’s soul-funk tunes and his arrangements of classics, truly worthy of both his memory and most of the leather on your dancing shoes.

Note: The Meriton Festival Village is a licensed venue. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Painting: Bill Leak

I can't think of anyone in the entire country who touched so many different musicians in so many different ways
The Sydney Morning Herald
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