BIOGRAPHY

My full name is Kornel Juhasz, I was born in Pécs, Hungary. I started playing the guitar at the age of 14. When I was 15 I learned blues and rock guitar skills from Tamás Katona, who is a fantastic blues guitarist, My first bands were founded with classmates in the secondary school. My favorite rock guitarists were Michael Schenker, Eddie Van Halen and Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

My first studio recordings were made in 1991-1992, with my band named Gazfitz-Co. The songs were broadcasted in the Hungarian Radio Petőfi’s late-night blues program. At that time the Hungarian Metal Hammer magazine also published an excellent review of us.

In 1992 I met Tibor Kócziány and we played together for 2 years, mainly in duo formation, on acoustic guitar in Pécs's university and club life  We performed our own joint compositions and also Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucia, Acoustic Alchemy, Gipsy Kings songs. At this time I was influenced by the Latin and Spanish style, which later built into my own music.

In 1993 I became the member of the band called Zsűri, in Pécs. We performed on many university and college events and street festivals all over the country. We also played with famous Hungarian singers, such as Tamás Somló, Lajos D. Nagy, Tibor Bornai and Feco Balázs. One time we performed with Ferenc Demjén as well, it was fantastic to accompany him too.  

At this time I got to be interested in jazz. My favorite jazz musicians were George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Mezzoforte, Jaco Pastorius and Michael Brecker. In 1996 I started to study music theory from private teachers and I took jazz guitar lessons. In 1997 I moved to Budapest and played in several bands, among which Tisza Bea jazz singer’s band was outstanding.

After a few years of break in 2003 I restarted my carrier and established the Cornelio Tutu Band, with Ferenc Csomós drummer, Guszty Perger percussion player, Zoltán Oláh keyboard player and Péter Oláh bass guitarist. The Cornelio Tutu Band had numerous formations during its nearly 10 years of existence. We lounched two albums, played on several Hungarian and international festivals, and our songs have been played by Hungarian radio stations for many years. Find more details about the Cornelio Tutu Band under a separate menu on this site.

In 2005 and 2006 I became the endorser of the American guitar manufacturer company Washburn.  I was listed as an artist on the Washburn’s site. In both years, I performed with Washburn's jazz guitars at the Musicmesse, Frankfurt, Europe's largest musical-instrument fair.

The Cornelio Tutu Band was active until the end of 2012.

In 2016, under my original name of Kornel Juhasz I recorded my new song ‘Sweet Rhythm’.

I moved to Dublin at the end of 2018, where I started to play with different local formations. At the beginning of 2020 I changed my artist name to KORNEL J. 

CORNELIO TUTU BAND

The Cornelio Tutu Band was founded by Kornel Juhasz – under the artist name of Cornelio Tutu – guitarist and composer, in 2003, Budapest, Hungary. From 2003-2010 the band's style was mainly instrumental latin-funk-jazz, or contemporary jazz. The first album (Keep Playing 2004) received great international reviews, and soon the band could play on numerous Hungarian and international jazz festivals, among others in the USA and India. The song called Unlimited from the first album was selected to a collection album released by the Radio Jazzy, Hungary, in 2007. This album got a Hungarian ‘Gold Record’ award.  

Cornelio Tutu Band 2004
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From 2011 to the end of 2012, the band played with a new line up, a new vocal concept with two singers, and a brass section. The band released its second album in 2012, from which the song called ‘Curved Mirror’ won the first prize on the song competition organized by Radio Jazzy, in 2011, and also was awarded for the best instrumentation.

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Festivals we played on (2004-2012):

  • Margitszigeti Szabadtéri Színpad 2012, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Múzeumok Éjszakája/Vajdahunyadvár 2012, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Ars Hungarica Festival 2011, Sibiu - Nagyszeben, Romania
  • SzeptEmber Feszt 2010, Budapest, Hungary
  • Zsámbék Jazz Open 2009, Zsámbék, Hungary
  • Sarteano Jazz Fest 2008, Sarteano, ITALY
  • KANIZSA Nemzetközi Jazzfesztivál 2008, Nagykanizsa, Hungary
  • MOL Jazz Fesztivál 2008, Budapest, Hungary
  • Transilvania Jazz Fest 2007, Cluj Napoce - Kolozsvár, Romania
  • Debrecen International Jazz Fest 2007, Debrecen, Hungary
  • Rochester International Jazz Festival 2007, Rochester, USA
  • Ars Hungarica Festival 2007, Sibiu - Nagyszeben, Romania
  • Calcutta Jazz Fest (Congo Square JazzFest) 2007, Kolkata, India
  • Concert in Delhi 2007, India
  • Festival de Jazz Villa de Posadas 2007, Cordoba, Spain
  • Idill Nemzetközi Jazz és Blues Feszt 2006, Baja, Hungary
  • Budapesi Nyári Fesztivál 2006, Budapest, Hungary
  • International Massimo Urbani Award 2006, Camerino, ITALY
  • MUSIKMESSE 2006, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Budapest Jazz Feszt 2005, Budapest, Hungary
  • Zempléni Fesztivál 2005, Sárospatak, Hungary
  • MUSIKMESSE 2005, Frankfurt, Germany
  • A38, 2004 és 2008, Budapest, Hungary
Cornelio Tutu Band 2012

Members (2003-2010):

Cornelio Tutu (Kornél Juhász) – guitar, Zoltán Oláh – keyboards, Péter – bass guitar, Ferenc Csomós – drums, István Perger 'Guszty' - percussion.

Between 2003-2010 the following artists also performed with the band: Bea Tisza, Attila László, Gábor Szendi, László Hunyadi, Berci Temesi, Veronika Harcsa, Nikoletta Szőke, Dóri Behumi, Péter Szendőfi, József Horváth 'Pluto', Susana Raya, Dwayne Dolphin, Steve Rudolph.

Members (2011-2012):

Viki Singh - vocal, Tímea Horváth – vocal, Cornelio Tutu (Kornél Juhász) - guitar, Szandra Miseta – keyboards, Gábor Cseke - keyboards, Gergő Kovács – bass guitar, Arnold Vígh – bass guitar, Balázs Potesz – drums, László Hortobágyi – drums,  Ferenc Schreck – trombone, Gábor Skerlecz – trombone, Mátyás Papp – trombone, Csaba Puskás – trumpet, Áron Koós-Hutás – trumpet, Gergő Varga – saxophone, Tamás Meleg – saxophone.

Lyrics: Dalnok, Ági Szabó, Márta Vörös.

Some good international reviews from the Keep Playing album:

’It looks like there is a new guitar kid on the block and his name is Cornelio Tutu. Keep Playing is a great initial release. With balance, sincerity and conviction, let's hope that future releases allow him to stretch out even further. His developing style as well as an ability to surround himself with talented musicians bodes well for this up and coming guitarist.’
'Fans of Lee Ritenour and Pat Metheny might find a new friend in Hungarian Cornelio Tutu whose new album Keep Playing shows the guitarist in fine form.'
’The band combine well with an excellent balance, a lightness of touch, and a clear feeling that these are splendid musicians…A fine CD and a name that we might hear more of.’