The German Music Industry Association (BVMI) has canceled this year’s ECHO Jazz Awards ceremony, scheduled to take place later this month in Hamburg. The move comes on the heels of BVMI’s decision to discontinue the all-genre ECHO Awards following a major scandal involving rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang, whose lyrics have been widely deemed as anti-Semitic.
“In view of the forthcoming repositioning of the German music awards, the organizers deemed it appropriate to call off this year’s ceremony and instead focus entirely on a positive new beginning for the awards,” organizers said in a statement issued on Friday in Berlin. “The Jazz prize recipients, who were chosen last March by the ECHO JAZZ jury, will be given their awards in person if so desired.”
The jury, comprised of independent experts drawn from the music and media industries as well as label representatives, honors the following artists for their outstanding work in the field of Jazz.
The winners are: Ambrose Akinmusire, BamesreiterSchwartzOrchestra, Hanno Busch, Ron Carter, Scott DuBois, Kinga G?yk, Sebastian Gramss, Charlotte Greve, Wolfgang Haffner, Norah Jones, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Omer Klein Trio Parisien, Peirani, Schaerer & Wollny, Michel Portal, Céline Rudolph, Antonio Sanchez, Andreas Schaerer & Hildegard Lernt Fliegen meets the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy, Sebastian Sternal, Markus Stockhausen, Chris Thile, Baptiste Trotignon, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960.
An overview of all nominees and prize winners can be found on echojazz.de. The site also contains more comprehensive information on the jury and how the nominees and winners were chosen.