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Jazz Award 2019.

BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019.


For the past 11 years, BMW Welt has been awarding the BMW Welt Jazz Award with the help of five of Germany’s most renowned jazz experts. This year’s theme is “Saxophone Worlds”. Over the course of six Sunday mornings, outstanding international ensembles will have the opportunity to present their interpretations of this theme to the audience. After the final matinee in March, a jury of experts will nominate two ensembles to go through to the grand finale on 4th May 2019 at BMW Welt’s auditorium. This is where the winner of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 will be announced. The winner will receive €10,000 in addition to a trophy designed by BMW Design. The runner-up will receive a cash prize of €5,000.

To this day, the saxophone continues to shape jazz like no other instrument – from swing to bebop to nu jazz, from Coleman Hawkins to Sonny Rollins to Kamasi Washington. It is therefore about time that the BMW Welt Jazz Award took on “Saxophone Worlds”. 

Since its inception, the annual series of events has developed into an internationally renowned event. Again in 2019, six outstanding ensembles from the young jazz generation will be presenting their current projects live in BMW Welt’s Double Cone. An expert jury will select two bands to go through to the grand final concert and will then pick a winner. There will also be an additional audience award. 

Immerse yourself in the “Saxophone Worlds” of modern jazz and experience rousing concerts in a unique atmosphere, from intimate chamber music to an exciting groove. 

The matinees take place every Sunday from 11.00 am to 1.30 pm at BMW Welt’s Double Cone. Admission is free and entry begins at 10.30 am. Please note that capacity is limited and therefore seats cannot be guaranteed.

27/01/2019 Maciej Obara Quartet
03/02/2019 Céline Bonacina Crystal Quartet
17/02/2019 Géraldine Laurent Quartet
24/02/2019 Matthieu Bordenave Archipel
10/03/2019 Maria Faust Machina
24/03/2019 Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet
04/05/2019 Final with the two nominated ensembles from 6.00 pm inside the auditorium

The artists.

Final of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019.

At the grand closing concert of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 on Saturday 4th of May, the two ensembles nominated by the jury will enter BMW Welt’s auditorium. The awarding of the prize will then take place. Tickets for the final concert will be available from BMW Welt or via “München Ticket” (Phone: +49 (0) 89 – 54 81 81 81 or visit from the 27th of January 2019.  

The Jury.

  • Oliver Hochkeppel (chairman of the jury, music and cultural journalist for the ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’).
  • Christiane Böhnke-Geisse (Jazz consultant, former manager of ‘Jazzclub Unterfahrt’, Munich, currently artistic director at the international jazz festival “Bingen swingt”).
  • Heike Lies (Musicology MA, Department of Music and Musical Theatre in the Cultural Department of the City of Munich).
  • Andreas Kolb (Editor-in-Chief of ‘JazzZeitung’ and ‘nmz – neue musikzeitung’).
  • Roland Spiegel (Music editor specialising in jazz at the Bayerischer Rundfunk, BR-KLASSIK).

Moderation: Beate Sampson, jazz editor at the Bayerischer Rundfunk, BR-KLASSIK.