WDR Jazz Prize

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The WDR Jazz Prize is an award for jazz musicians from North Rhine-Westphalia .

Background, selection process and award winners' concerts

The annual award has WDR - radio donated in the year of 2004. In addition to a prize for improvisers, a prize for jazz composers is always awarded. Both are endowed with a prize sum of 10,000 euros each. In addition, since 2006 the jury has been awarding a special prize for outstanding school and educational projects in jazz (5000 euros annually). In addition, there is an honorary award with which people and institutions are honored who have made a contribution to jazz in Germany .

The selection of the winners was based (until 2019) on a competition in which musicians from North Rhine-Westphalia with outstanding achievements in the areas of composition or improvisation can take part. The winners were selected by an independent jury. This is initially composed of representatives of jazz criticism, the jazz associations and the jazz specialist editorial team on WDR radio. In addition to the specialist editorial team (and three of its authors), it now includes two previous award winners, representatives of two venues and jazz organizers in North Rhine-Westphalia and the director of the city of Gütersloh.

The selected compositions from among the submitted compositions will be recorded with the WDR Big Band. In addition, the winners and their work were presented in a radio concert that took place until 2011 as part of the jazz.cologne festival at the Funkhaus in Cologne and between 2013 and 2019 was part of the then newly initiated WDR-3 Jazz Festival, which " a pearl in the jazz diaspora ”, but was discontinued when jazz editor Bernd Hoffmann left .

Award winners

Individual evidence

  1. NRW: WDR Jazz Prize 2020. In: Jazz thing . Retrieved January 12, 2020 .
  2. ↑ In 2020 the procedure was changed because the jury now had the right to propose. In the field of composition, Philip Zoubek was even selected, a musician who had never composed for a big band. See Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln WDR Jazz Prize in Gütersloh. January 31 and February 1, 2002. Cologne 2019
  3. ↑ In 2020, the three-day festival will be held with a prize-winners gala, on the evening before which “some of the winners will present their music in great detail.” Cf. Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln WDR Jazzpreis in Gütersloh. January 31 and February 1, 2002. Cologne 2019
  4. Endzeitgrau WDR Jazzfest 2019. In: Riffreporter. February 2, 2019, accessed January 12, 2020 .
  5. WDR Jazzpreis [2013] winners have been determined ( Memento from February 1, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  6. WDR Jazz Prize 2014 - The winners have been announced! ( Memento from November 10, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  7. WDR Jazz Prize 2015 - The Prize Winners ( Memento from December 22, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  8. Winners of the WDR Jazz Prize 2016 have been determined ( Memento from February 1, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  9. WDR Jazz Prize 2017
  10. WDR Jazz Prize 2018
  11. WDR Jazzpreis 2020 goes to Shannon Barnett, Philip Zoubek, Bassem Hawar and the Big Band of the Friedensschule Münster - honorary award for the big band The Dorf und Umland. WDR, October 24, 2019, accessed January 3, 2020 .

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