On to the semi-finale!

The first selection round has passed, and we are honestly stunned by the high level of the registered bands. We even needed a few extra days for the selection process because it was tougher than we thought.

For this first edition, we did not know what to expect. We imagined a prize like this would spark interest among many bands. However, we guessed that a lot of these bands were hibernating due to covid. We were wrong. All we can say now is that we are immensely grateful for all the great bands that have registered!


The word about our award reached all over the world, which resulted in 119 registered band leaders from 12 different countries. We got exactly what we asked for, different jazz styles from classic jazz to funky to contemporary. A perfect representation of the diversity and range of jazz music. We have selected 31 bands who will move on to the next round. Not only based on how beautiful the artists play or how well the arrangements are put together. But also, on how successful a band could be in convincing audiences that are not always trained jazz listeners. Some bands are perfect for this, other bands are more meant for audiences in concert halls or at festivals.


Next to the online interview that every band will partake in, the semi-finalists now have the chance to get their profiles ready for the voting phase. From January 10 until January 20, the public can vote on their favorite band or vote as a public jury member and assess multiple bands. The public jury member whose top 3 is closest to the jury’s assessment wins €500! The public votes will be good for one of the six jury votes. We are so excited to find out who are the public favorites!

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