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7. April 2022

German Jazz Prize – Program

“The anticipation for the German Jazz Prize is rising day by day. This is not only the case for the nominees, but also for us as the organizing team. I am already looking forward to the moment when the show, hosted by Hadnet Tesfai and Götz Bühler, begins in Bremen’s Metropol Theater. We will be awarding prizes live in seven of a total of 31 categories. But the winners in the other categories will also be announced live that evening, so it will remain exciting for everyone until the very end,” explains Tina Sikorski, Managing Director of the Initiative Musik. This is the second time that the central funding body for rock, pop and jazz in Germany has awarded the music prize presented by the Minister of State for Culture, Claudia Roth.

Tokunbo Akinro, singer, composer and member of the main jury, is also looking forward to the awarding of the German Jazz Prize 2022. For her, the prize is of particular importance because “it honors the further development of jazz on a national and international level, the interweaving of different genres and the work of exceptional artists.” This year, the jury members discussed numerous innovative and outstanding projects “with much thought, care and collegial appreciation” and nominated them for the prize. Some of the nominees will be on stage during the award ceremony and the concert evening that will follow.

For the entire evening, the audience can look forward to a special double presenter. Hadnet Tesfai, a journalist and presenter with great expertise and passion for music, who is known from a wide range of formats from Radio Fritz, MTV, 3sat, ZDFkultur to the Berlinale, has been recruited. In addition, there is the Hamburg journalist and presenter Götz Bühler, who, in addition to his work as German editor-in-chief of the app Jazzed and many years of collaboration with the Elbjazz Festival, is currently co-responsible for the program of Jazz & The City in Salzburg and writes for the German magazine Jazz thing.   

The awards ceremony on the eve of jazzahead! will be rounded off with live performances by American harpist Brandee Younger, whose multifaceted playing combines influences ranging from jazz to funk, R’n’B and hip-hop to classical music, and German-born saxophonist Gebhard Ullmann – as part of the trio “Das Kondensat”. Ullmann is regarded nationally and internationally as an outstanding artist on the jazz scene and has received numerous awards for his work in a wide variety of formations. 

For the audience, this means a great, entertaining evening dedicated entirely to jazz. Further live performances will follow at the German Jazzprize concert evening, where the national and international nominees will bring the musical diversity and creative power of jazz to life on stage. The Stuttgart singer Fola Dada moves musically in a spectrum between big band jazz, neo soul and electronic pop music, while the jazz musician and composer Nubya Garcia from London takes the audience on a rousing sound journey with her saxophone. Other highlights of the concert evening include performances by New York-based pianist and composer Sylvie Courvoisier and the Jazzrausch Bigband from Munich, which formed in 2014 and has been artist in residence at the renowned techno club “Harry Klein” since the following year. Like no other, the ensemble manages to fuse big band sound with techno music and inspire the audience.

The award ceremony can be experienced live on site or via livestream on the German Jazzprize website. Radio Bremen will stream the award ceremony live on, and the Bremen Zwei Facebook page. Other public culture channels such as SWR2, SR2, rbbKultur and BR-Klassik will take over the livestream via their websites or Facebook pages.

The complete concert evening of the German Jazz Prize will be recorded by Radio Bremen. The 3sat broadcast will take place on May 21, 2022 from about 22:15. Already on May 14, 2022, the broadcast will take place on the radio program Bremen Zwei from 22:00. The concert evening will also be available on the 3sat Mediathek.

German Jazz Prize 2022

April 27, 2022
Metropol Theater Bremen, Richtweg 7, 28195 Bremen, Germany.
Moderation: Hadnet Tesfai & Götz Bühler

Admission, 5:00 p.m.

Award ceremony, 6:00 p.m. 

Live music 

Brandee Younger Trio – New York, USA
Gebhard Ullmann with “Das Kondensat” – Berlin, Germany 

Improvised accompaniment

Lucía Martínez (drums) – Berlin, Germany
Ronny Graupe (guitar) – Berlin, Germany
Daniel Erdmann (saxophone) – Reims, France

Sound design: Florian Ross, prize winner composition German Jazzprize 2021

Concert evening, 08:30 p.m.

Fola Dada Quintett – Stuttgart, Germany
Nubya Garcia & Band – London, Great Britain
Sylvie Courvoisier – New York, USA