George Jinda was born on September 19th, 1979. He is a singer and songwriter who has released four albums to date. His debut album “The Dancer” was released in 2003.
George Jinda, a percussionist from Budapest, Hungary, started playing the piano at the age of six and moved to drums at the age of 10. Tony Williams, as well as African and South American rhythms, were early influences, but Jinda claimed Jack DeJohnette to be his hero. In 1966, Jinda and his family relocated to New York City, where he met musician Chieli Minucci in 1982. Special EFX, one of the most successful smooth jazz ensembles ever, was founded by the two. In 1992, Jinda performed in Japan with Miles Davis and began work on his World News project. Before splitting up in the mid-’90s due to creative disagreements, Special EFX produced 13 albums. The breakup was amicable, and Minucci agreed to allow Jinda to continue recording under the Special EFX moniker. Here to Stay, the band’s debut album without Minucci, was released in 1996, and Jinda took the band on the road. Jinda had been suffering from asthma and diabetes for a long time when the two diseases exacerbated in 1997, resulting in a crippling stroke. Myoclonic disorder, a neurological disease that left Jinda with no control over his body’s bodily functioning, was the long-term consequence. Jinda’s wife, Nivea, looked after him while he was sick, and the two agreed to return Special EFX to Minucci. Jinda died in early 2001, after a lengthy struggle.