The 81 year-old German composer, orchestra chief and conductor Claus Ogermann will be awarded with the German ECHO Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award 2012. He worked with Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Diana Krall. Further internationally noted jazz stars are among the winners in the 30 categories of the German ECHO Jazz Award: singer/songwriter Cassandra Wilson and American producer Harry Weinger for his 50th Anniversary Collection of Creed Taylor. Bestseller of the year are Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton with the album Play The Blues Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center. The ECHO Jazz is awarded each year by the German Phono Academy, the cultural institute of the German Association of the music-industry (BVMI).

For albums to be nominated, they must have been released between November 1, 2010 and October 31, 2011 and also have received two outstanding reviews from music journalists. The twelve jurors of this years' jury choose the winners out of 230 nominations. In 2010 the ECHO Jazz honor was awarded for the first time. The date and the location of the award ceremony will be announced in May. On the German music market, jazz has a share of revenues of 1.6 percent of total revenues of €1,669 billion in 2010.

The winners with their albums are:

Ensemble of the year, national: Tingvall Trio Vägen
Ensemble of the year, international: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue For True
Male singer of the year, national: Götz Alsmann "In Paris"
Male singer of the year, international: Kurt Elling "The Gate"
Female singer of the year, national: Jasmin Tabatabai "Eine Frau"
Female singer of the year, international: Cassandra Wilson "Silver Pony"
Instrumentalist of the year, national piano/keyboards: Christian Elsässer "Seemingly"
Instrumentalist of the year, international piano/keyboards: Iiro Rantala "Lost Heroes"
Instrumentalist of the year, national Saxophon/Woodwinds: Johannes Enders "Billy Rubin"
Instrumentalist of the year, international saxophone/woodwinds: Joe Lovano "Bird Songs"
Instrumentalist of the year, national drums/percussion: Jonas Burgwinkel "Source Direct"
Instrumentalist of the year, international drums/percussion: Magnus Öström "Thread of Life"
Instrumentalist of the year, national bass/Bassgitarre: André Nendza "Rooms Restored"
Instrumentalist of the year, international Bass/bass guitar: Renaud García-Fons "Méditerranées"
Instrumentalist of the year, national brass: Joo Kraus "Painting Pop"
Instrumentalist of the year, international brass: Ambrose Akinmusire "When The Heart Emerges Glistening"
Instrumentalist of the year, national guitar: Max Frankl "Stories"
Instrumentalist of the year, international guitar: Julian Lage "Gladwell"
Instrumentalist of the year, international special instruments/vibraphone: Pascal Schumacher "Bang my Can"
Newcomer of the year, national: Lisbeth Quartett "Constant Travellers"
Lifetime Achivement award: Claus Ogermann
Editorial work of the year: Harry Weinger "First Impulse: The Creed Taylor Collection, 50th Anniversary"
Bestseller of the year: Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center
Big Band album of the year: Joachim Kühn Out Of The Desert - Live fr Bigband At Jazzfest Berlin
DVD of the year: Françoise Gazio "Reinhardt, Django - Three-Fingered Lightning"
Supporter of jazz: Christiane Böhnke-Geisse / Jazzclub Unterfahrt
Jazz label of the year: Online-Voting later
Retailer of the year: Saturn Theresienhöhe Munich
Live act of the year: Online-Voting later
Special award: German Jazzorchestra BuJazzO

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