81 local and international artists were nominated in 31 categories for exceptional achievement in the jazz field.
“Jazz has nothing to do with art at all,” Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen) quotes Theodor W. Adorno and continued: “Even great minds can make mistakes.” In her welcome, Roth stressed the outstanding importance of jazz to Germany and the world. After its premiere last year in Hamburg, the German Jazz Prize was awarded for the second time in a colorful ceremony at the Metropol Theater in Bremen on Wednesday.
Saxophonist Charlotte Grieve has named Jazz Artist of the Year
“Your tones impress with their clarity and tenderness as well as their energetic strength.” That’s what the German Jazz Prize jury found for saxophonist Charlotte Greve, awarding her Artist of the Year. Griff, who was connected via video stream from the US with an argument, was deeply puzzled and touched. “I was so confused. I would like to thank my grandmother who gave me the inspiration for the content of the piece and I am so excited. Greetings from Maine, I am currently on tour. I would like to be with you. Celebrate for me. We will celebrate here in the hotel room.”
Ernst Ludwig “Lotten” Petrovsky receives the Lifetime Achievement Award
The Swiss Sylvie Courvoisier won the award for best international pianist. Voula Dada was awarded the Best German Female Singer award. Saxophonist and composer Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, who has largely shaped the jazz scene in the GDR, has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. His wife, singer O’Shea Browning, accepted this from broker Gotze Buehler on her husband’s behalf.
The special prize for the jury went to Sebastian Grams’ project “The Land of Boiled Wonders”. Pete Sampson, the chief jury president, justified the matter as follows: “Because it discusses the state of society, the state of the world. Flight, expulsion, ecological destruction, climate catastrophe, social injustice. Everything that floods us in the end through social media. These individual messages, in all their extreme intensity, are then tuned to the music so that they are conveyed to the audience in such a way that you are under their weight.”
The evening was moderated by Hadenit Tesfaye and jazz journalist Gotze Buehler
Not only singers, instrument players, and orchestras were honored, but also radio productions, venues, and festivals. The winners receive a trophy and €10,000 each. The evening was moderated by moderator Hadenit Tesfaye and Hamburg jazz journalist Gotze Buehler. Awards on stage alternated with video advertisements and were accompanied by tributes and musical contributions.
For example, American bassist Brandy Younger made a brief appearance. After the awards ceremony, four jazz performers performed live on stage in a major concert, including award winners Voula Dada and Sylvie Courvoisier, as well as London saxophonist Nubia Garcia and Munich’s Jazzrausch Big Band.
All in all, a very worthy and varied evening. The award ceremony was held on the eve Jazeheed! The largest jazz exhibition in the world with the participation of international professionals from more than 60 countries. Jazzhid! He works in Bremen until Sunday
The recording of the ceremony will be broadcast after the awards ceremony on May 21 at 10:15 pm on Sat. You can already watch the full broadcast on “Youtube” and the presence of the German Jazz Prize in broadcast by Radio Bremen (Tip: go straight to the 26th minute).