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The juries of the German Jazz Prize determine the nominees and award winners in a transparent and independent process. The selection of the winners takes place in a two-stage process. First, from all applications and suggestions of the jury members, four deserving artists or projects are nominated for each award category. This is done by the expert jury, if not separately determined for the prize category. In a second step, the main jury for each prize category selects the award winner of the award category from the four nominees. The juries are appointed by the advisory board on the basis of a proposal by the advisory board. As a rule, jury members of both the expert jury and the main jury are appointed for two years. More information on the composition of the main and expert juries, as well as the current jury members, can be found below. All former jury members can be found here.

MAIN JURY

The main jury is made up of a total of 10 representatives of the 5 expert juries as well as 7 other members who are outstanding and recognized personalities of cultural public life with an affinity for jazz. The main jury determines the winners of the German Jazz Prize from the four nominated artists and performances in an award category.

Photo: ©Ralf Dombrowski
Werner Aldinger

Label Manager (enja & yellowbird records)

Photo: ©Antoine Delage
Judyth Babin

Artist Manager / Tour Agent / Label

Photo: Michael Lionstar
Nate Chinen

Music Critic and Author

Photo: © Judith Kinitz
Nora Gomringer

Poet, Performer, Director, who reads, hosts, sings, and Produces Poetry Films

Trilok Gurtu

Percussionist and Singer

Photo: ©Rebecca Meek
Jana Herzen

Founder, President and Recording Artist for Motéma Music

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Marieke Meischke

Programmer Jazz Maastricht/JazzOut Fest – Advisor Dutch Performing Arts Fund

Photo: ©Courtland Galloway
Nicole Mitchell

Flutist, Conceptualist, Composer, Professor of Music at University of Virginia

Photo: Katja Ruge
Akua Naru

Recording Artist, Producer, Archivist

Aaron Parks

Jazz Pianist and Composer

Photo: (c) Stefan M. Prager
Claus Reichstaller

Jazz Trumpeter and Professor at the University of Music and Theatre Munich

Rio Sakairi

Artistic Director / The Jazz Gallery

Photo: credits: Johanna Stitt
Katea Stitt

Radio Program Director / Producer and Tour and Artist Manager

Photo: ©Gaudenz Strauss
Silvan Strauß

Drummer/Producer

Victoriah Szirmai

Music Critic

Photo: ©Gregor Hohenberg
Jolanda Vujasinovic

Artist & Concert Management The ACT Agency DE Berlin

Photo: ©Frank Schindelbeck
Leo Wölfel

Founder Magnet Festival, Production Team Jazzfest Berlin

EXPERT JURY

The expert jury of the German Jazz Prize is composed of a total of 25 personalities from the field of jazz and improvised music. In order to reflect all perspectives of this lively and multifaceted music scene, the jury is formed as a representative cross-section of five people from each of the following areas: Artists, labels/publishers, clubs/festivals, management/agencies and journalists/media representatives. The expert jury determines the nominees of an edition, independently, expertly and in a dynamic dialog.

Photo: ©Ralf Dombrowski
Werner Aldinger

Label Manager (enja & yellowbird records)

Photo: Kasia Drozd
Niklas Alt

Owner Donau115

Nabil Atassi

“Late Night Jazz” Presenter and Author; Winner of the German Radio Prize, WDR Jazz Prize for Journalistic Achievements

Photo: ©Antoine Delage
Judyth Babin

Artist Manager / Tour Agent / Label

Photo: © Judith Wiesrecker
Sophie Emilie Beha

Freelance Journalist and Curator

Photo: ©Lena Thiemann
Michaela Bóková

Label Manager, Producer, Vocalist

Photo: © Annette Cardinale
Fola Dada

Singer, Songwriter, Professor for Vocals

Uwe Hager

Musicologist and Music Educator, Jazz Pianist and Founder of o-tone music

Photo: ©Rebecca Meek
Jana Herzen

Founder, President and Recording Artist for Motéma Music

Photo: ©Virag Stephan
Tony Lakatos

Musician, Saxophonist

Photo: ©Kevin Le Gendre
Kevin le Gendre

Journalist and Broadcaster

Photo: © 2021 Alejandro Ayala
Scott McNiece

Co-founder and A&R Director of International Anthem, Chicago USA

Photo: ©mm
Marieke Meischke

Programmer Jazz Maastricht/JazzOut Fest – Advisor Dutch Performing Arts Fund

Photo: ©Anja Limbrunner
Lena Müller

Booking Agent & Artist Manager Jazzhaus Artists / Jazzhaus Freiburg GmbH

Photo: ©Florian Dürkopp
Mariá Portugal

Drummer, Singer, Composer and Musical Producer

Rio Sakairi

Artistic Director / The Jazz Gallery

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Eric Schäfer

Percussionist and University Professor

Photo: © Tobias Schuster
Tobias Schuster

Founder Shoestring Jazz Booking

Thomas Siffling

Jazz Trumpet Player and CEO of Ella & Louis Jazz Club Mannheim

Photo: Diana Seifert
Tinka Steinhoff

Booking Agent Tinka Steinhoff Booking

Photo: credits: Johanna Stitt
Katea Stitt

Radio Program Director / Producer and Tour and Artist Manager

Photo: ©Gaudenz Strauss
Silvan Strauss

Drummer/Producer

Victoriah Szirmai

Music Critic

Photo: ©Gregor Hohenberg
Jolanda Vujasinovic

Artist & Concert Management The ACT Agency DE Berlin

Photo: ©Frank Schindelbeck
Leo Wölfel

Founder Magnet Festival, Production Team Jazzfest Berlin

The jury statutes of the German Jazz Prize can be found here.