Tony Lakatos was born into a musician family in Budapest, Hungary. His Father was a famous gypsy violinist as well as his younger brother Roby. The musical study began on the violin at the age of 6, and on the saxophone when he was 15 years old, and became a professional musician when he won a national jazz competition in 1977. He graduated from the jazz department of the Bela Bartók Conservatory in Budapest in 1979. Shortly after he moved to Germany in 1981, became one of the most respected saxophone player in Germany as well as worldwide. He performed as a saxophone soloist in numerous jazz/pop/rock recordings and concerts. Tony has played the saxophone in 350 LP/CD recordings as a leader or as a sideman.
Michael Veerapen is well-known in the Malaysian Jazz scene – having established his name as a Jazz pianist, producer, record studio head and mentor, and one of the strongest driving force behind the jazz scene in Malaysia. He launched his career even before graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with Suma Cum Laude in 1982, making a name for himself in the industry.
No Black Tie (NBT), Kuala Lumpur’s premier venue for live music, has been the showcase for renowned and emerging musicians alike. It has seen the likes of Malaysia’s top singers and musicians and the region’s best, not excluding an impressive line-up of international acts. With the multitude of artistes that grace its stage, NBT has been pivotal in supporting and encouraging collaboration between Malaysian musicians and international artistes.
NBT’s aim is to produce unique sounds that typically result from spontaneous improvisations by performers from diverse backgrounds. Uncompromising in its acoustics and sound quality, NBT seeks to leave an impression with the audience in an intimate setting. NBT sees this as playing a role in contributing to the diversity of Kuala Lumpur’s arts and cultural landscape.