The coveted ECHO Jazz award is due to be presented in Hamburg on May 26. The Kulturzentrum Kampnagel will again be the venue for the ceremony after hosting the ceremony in 2014. The ECHO Jazz trophies were first presented in Hamburg’s Fischauktionshalle in 2013. And in 2015, the event was held in Blohm+Voss shipyard. NDR is this year’s media partner. Commenting on the award, Lutz Marmor, NDR Director-General, said: “Hamburg is one of the most vibrant jazz hot spots in Germany. The coolest national and international stars of the scene will meet at the ECHO Jazz award ceremony.”
Winners of ECHO Jazz
The winners of the ECHO Jazz 2016 were announced in April and the Michael Wollny Trio can look forward to the award for “Nachtfahrten” in the “Ensemble National” category, according to the German Phono-Akademie and the Cultural Institute of the German Music Industry Federation (BVMI). Meanwhile, the James Farm jazz quartet with saxophonist Joshua Redman were annouced as winners of the “Ensemble of the Year International”. Tigran Hamasyan (piano/keyboards), Lars Danielsson (bass/bass guitar) and Kamasi Washington (saxophone/Woodwinds) will be lauded as best international instrumentalists.
Supporting Hamburg’s music labels
The winners in 22 categories include percussionist Benny Grab who is to be honoured for an album called “Moving Parts” released by Herzog Records in Hamburg. Both the Cultural Authority and the Hamburg Label Promotion offered the artist financial aid as part of support for micro-enterprises based in the city. This year, smaller music labels can apply for subsidies between EUR 3,000 and EUR 10,000. The move aims to reduce the financial risks of working with relatively unknown artists. And June 7, 2016 is the deadline for submissions during the second application phase
Remembering Roger Cicero
This year’s ECHO Jazz award will be dedicated to Hamburg’s own jazz icon Roger Cicero, who passed away recently. Dr. Florian Drücke, Managing Director of BVMI, said: “He won the ECHO Jazz as ‘National Singer of the Year’ for his album, ‘The Roger Cicero Jazz Experience’, released in 2015. He recorded and produced it with Matthias Meusel, Maik Schott und Hervé Jeanne. He was supposed to accept it in person this year and guide us through the evening.” Cicero and the jazz musician Gregory Porter moderated last year’s ceremony.
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