Ellen and Svend Asmussen Jazz Prize 2021

Jazzpris Silkeborg 2003

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.
Jacob 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 2001

d. 9/7-2001 I received a European jazz award presented in Denmark for the first time - a Django d'or - jazz performer of the year.
On this occasion Alex Riel received a Django d'or - master of jazz, and Svend Asmussen Django d'or - legend of jazz

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From The Press release June 2001
Django d'or 2001 "Jazz Performer of the Year" 
Jacob Fischer, guitarist, b. 1967, is self taught and has since his early youth performed in numerous constellations on the danish jazzscene.
He 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 mark to the proceedings.
He has received numerous awards, among them the Ben Webster Prize and the danish jazzcritics JASA 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 territory.
He is featured on many records and recently released the Cd "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).

The 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 !

From The Press release

From The Press release
- 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. 

The Palæ-bar prize

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.

From The Press release

The Committee 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,-

Sørens Penge

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.