Petter Eldh wins SWR Jazz Prize 2022 – London Jazz News

Double bass player, conductor and composer Petter Eldh, originally from Gothenburg in Sweden and living in Berlin since 2009, will receive Germany’s oldest jazz prize, the SWR Jazz Prize, originally initiated by Joachim-Ernst Berendt. The award ceremony will take place on October 10 in Ludwigshafen during the Enjoy Jazz Festival. The awards night concert will see him perform with the ENEMY trio along with Kit Downes and James Maddren.

Petter Eldh (centre) with Kit Downes and James Maddren. Masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music, 2020.
Photo by Nick Smart


” Baden-Baden/Mainz. The SWR Jazz Prize 2022, awarded jointly by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the Südwestrundfunk, will be awarded to the Swedish double bass player, conductor and composer based in Berlin Petter Eldh. The prize will be awarded on October 10 at the international “Enjoy Jazz” festival in Ludwigshafen.

In the declaration of the jury (laudatio), it is written:With Petter Eldh, a musician wins the SWR Jazz Prize which has a formative influence on the international network improvisation scene. His energetic and empathetic double bass playing in ensembles such as Punkt Vrt. Plastik, the Django Bates Beloved Trio or the Kit Downes Trio is quite exceptional. Likewise, Petter Eldh left his trailblazing mark as a bandleader, composer, producer and arranger with his Koma Saxo Quintet and Drums Project.

Germany‘s oldest jazz prize, awarded for the 42nd time
The SWR Jazz Prize, initiated by Joachim-Ernst Berendt, is the oldest jazz prize in Germany and will be awarded for the 42nd time in 2022 by the Land of Rhineland-Palatinate and Südwestrundfunk. The jury is composed of two representatives of SWR (Günther Huesmann, president, and Julia Neupert) and of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate (Georg-Rudolf May, Claudia Hartmann), member of a jazz organization (Christina Fuchs, German Jazz Union) and two independent music critics (Bert Noglik, Michael Rüsenberg). The prize is endowed with 15,000 euros.

Award ceremony at the “Enjoy Jazz” festival
The award ceremony and the concert with the winner and his trio Enemy will take place as part of the “Enjoy Jazz” festival on October 10, 2022, from 8 p.m. at the Kulturzentrum das Haus in Ludwigshafen. Enemy is made up of Petter Eldh (double bass), Kit Downes (piano) and James Maddren (drums). (Quote from press release ends)

LINKS: Petter Eldh’s website

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