Huge success for ACT at Echo Jazz Award 2011
Youn Sun Nah - © ACT / Nah Inu
After a great success for ACT at last year’s first edition of the Echo Jazz Award, including the award for Label of the Year, this year five ACT artists are going to receive Germany’s most important music award.
The album “[em] LIVE at JazzBaltica” (ACT 9668-2) receives the Echo In two categories – Ensemble of the year national for [em] Wollny | Kruse | Schaefer and Drummer of the year national for Eric Schaefer. [em] LIVE is one of the most acclaimed albums of 2010 and last but not least another peak in the career of pianist Michael Wollny, who already took home the Echo Jazz 2010 as best pianist.
A big surprise and at the same time well deserved is the Echo for the Korean singer Youn Sun Nah in the category Female Vocalist international. Since the release of her recent album “Same Girl” (ACT 9024-2), Youn Sun Nah has experienced a sheer unbelievable success. In France, her second home, she made it to the No.1 of the jazz charts and since then, for now 30 consecutive weeks, stays in the top 10.
With the award as Saxophonist of the year national for Heinz Sauer and his album “If (Blue) Then (Blue)” (ACT 9493-2), the Echo goes to one of Germany’s most important, influential and most unique artists. Together with the pianists Michael Wollny and Joachim Kühn, the current album is a highly inspired gathering of three generations of German jazz.
The Echo Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award goes to the brothers Joachim and Rolf Kühn. With his unique way of playing, which defies all stylistic boarders, pianist Joachim Kühn has made to the worldwide top flight of jazz. Until today, Joachim Kühn, as well as his brother, the clarinettist Rolf Kühn, ranks among the few German jazz musicians, who reached high acclaim not only in their home country but also worldwide and particularly in the US, the originating country of jazz.
The winners in the categories “Jazz Label of the Year” and “Live Act of the Year” will be elected by the audience in an online voting
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