The talented Danish jazz guitarist Jacob
Fischer was the first to be awarded with
the new Danish jazzprice jazzpris silkeborg - founded by Riverboat Jazz
Festival and Frokostjazzen Silkeborg.
Fischer started to play - 14 years old - and was inspired by Wes
Montgomery, B.B. King and Django Reinhardt. He has been playing as a
sideman for many years - and has joined Kristian Jørgensen, Christina
von Bülow, Jesper Lundgaard, Mads Vinding and Svend Asmussen in
concerts. The price is 50.000 DKR - sponsored by JYSKE BANK, Silkeborg.
Django d'or - jazz performer of the year
d. 9/7-2001 I received a European jazz award
presented in Denmark
for the first time - a Django d'or - jazz performer
On this occasion Alex Riel received a Django d'or - master of jazz, and
Svend Asmussen Django d'or - legend of jazz
more about Django d'Or awards
|From The Press release June 2001
d'or 2001 "Jazz Performer of the Year"
Fischer, guitarist, b. 1967, is self taught and has since his early
youth performed in numerous constellations on the danish jazzscene.
is a virtuoso and a versatile musician, who with seamless ease can fit
into diverse styles of music - from Wes Montgomery over B.B. King to
Django Reindhardt - and at the same time add his personal
He has received numerous awards, among them
the Ben Webster Prize and the danish
Prize. In later years hes been the busiest musician during the
Copenhagen Jazz Festival, and has made a great impression as a member
of the Svend Asmussens Quartet, where he has been able to
inspire the bandleader 52 years his senior into new
is featured on many records and recently released
"Duets" (Music Mecca) - , with violinist Kristian Jørgensen.
The Ben Webster prize
An annual award
sponsored by the Ben Webster
foundation. The money comes from the royalties of tenor titan Ben
Websters recordings which seem to sell more and more every year (they
should to !). The prize is 25.000,- Danish kroner ($ 4.000).
JASA-prize (Jazz critics award)
A Prize founded by JASA
(association of danish jazz
critics). Sponsored by Tuborg Breweries when I received it, Faxe
breweries has taken over now. This award is also DKR. 25.000,- , and a
golden music stand !
The Press release
From The Press
- Jacob Fischer
receives the JASA-prize in recognition of the superior instrumental
skills, he displays as an accompanist as well as a soloist - and for
the musical overwiev that in spite of his young age, for so long has
been significant of his playing.
This award was founded by Jannick
Christensen, owner of Palæ
Bar, a hangout in Copenhagen for musicians, artists and
journalists, where I play concerts occasionally.
This award is DKR. 25.000,-
Earlier Recipients include: Alex Riel, Bob Rockwell, Nikolai Gromin, Mads Vinding, Kenny
Drew and Duke Jordan.
The Press release
has decided to give this years prize to
Jacob Fischer, thereby making him the first danish musician ever to
receive all the three major danish jazz awards...... Fischer has for
several years been considered the biggest talent in danish jazz, by
audiences and critics alike, since the emergence of bassist Niels
Henning Ørsted Pedersen in the sixties......
Bikubens gule kort
|An artists award very rarely
given to a Jazz musician, trumpeter Jens Winther being the only other
one. Sponsored by Bikuben (major bank) The prize is DKR 25.000,-
|A smaller prize in
the name of late jazz violinist Søren Christensen. One must admit that
the prize Committee has had a very good ear for talent, they discovered
among others Frederik Lundin and Kristian Jørgensen many years before
they were known by either public or critics.
Berlingske Music competition
At the age of seventeen, Jacob Fischer
received first prize in this competition, with a band that included Chris Minh Doky on
bass and Nikolaj Hess on piano. He also got the talent prize DKR 5.000.
This led to the first engagement at the legendary club Montmartre.