The annual Estonian Jazz Awards were announced on Friday, 26th April, before Charles Lloyd New Quartet concert in the Nokia Concert Hall.
Danske Jazz Award is meant for the most active and creative jazz musician of the past three years. This time the award went to double bass player Taavo Remmel who performs both as a soloist and with many different ensembles. He wows the audience with emotional and content-rich music.
The Young Jazz Talent award appreciates up to 26-year old musicians’ initiative, creativity and quality. The award is given out by Danske Bank, Estonian Jazz Union and Jazzkaar. Holger Marjamaa – a young composer and pianist received it thanks to his concert activity, compositions and for his debut album „Message/Serenade“.
Composer Valter Ojakäär received Jazz Developer award for his excellent guides – the books and broadcasts that introduce Estonian jazz history. The award acknowledges people who are immensely helpful in introducing and developing jazz music in Estonia. The award is given out since 2009.
Over 40 nominees were presented for the jazz awards. Final decisions were made by a jury of specialists, musicians and journalists.
Danske Bank jazz award is 3200 euros and it also includes a recording of a concerts by Estonian National Television. The Young Jazz Talent gets to perform at Jazzkaar and Klassikaraadio gives the opportunity to record his music at the National Broadcast. The artwork is done by sculptor Tiiu Kirsipuu.
The golden sponsor of Jazzkaar is Danske Bank, main sponsors Eesti Päevaleht, ERGO and Kafo. Official accommodation partner My City hotel, yearly sponsors are United Motors, Tallink and Aktaprint.