The Prize Concert on Sunday, March 26 was held at Kulturhuset Absalon i Copenhagen, a former church transformed into a wonderful activity house with good acoustics for music.
Despite his young age, it’s far from the first time Mathias Heise is receiving a prize and some recognition. The harmonica virtuoso had his big breakthrough in 2013 when he won 1st prize on the chromatic harmonica at the World Harmonica Festival in Germany. In 2014 he won the Danish Songwriters Guild’s award for ‘New Jazz Star of the Year’, and in 2016 he received the Danish Crown Prince’s ‘Stardust Prize’. Click for more photoes
An honorable award was also given to saxophonist Jens Søndergaard.
The mission of The Ben Webster Foundation is to keep the music and the memory of one of the worlds finest tenor saxophonists alive. Ben Webster (27.3.1909-20.9.1973) spent his last years in Denmark.
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Listed by Frank Brückmann Møller, member of the Ben Webster Foundation
Heine Hansen was awarded the 2016 Ben Webster Prize by jazz journalist and Ben Webster Foundation member Christian Munch Hansen. The grand event took place at Absalon, Copenhagen’s new culture house in the Vesterbro district. Heine Hansen repaid the compliment with a superb concert featuring Gerard Prescenser on trumpet, Thomas Fonnesbæk, bass, and Alex Riel, drums. The concert was recorded by Radio Jazz for later broadcasting on Radio Jazz and Danmarks Radio’s P8.
Ole Streenberg repaid the compliment with a concert featuring the fine Italian tenor saxophonist, Emanuele Cisi, Ben Besiakow on piano and Jesper Lundgaard on bass. Later in the evening Ole Streenberg and Alex Riel raised the roof in a terrific drum battle. No winner was announced, but most of those in attendance agreed the encounter ended in a draw.
April 1937: Played with Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra
April 1947: Played several months at the Three Deuces, New York
April 1957: Played for 2 months at Zucca's Cottage, Pasadena California
April 1967: Played in England with local rythm sections
On July 3rd, 2011 Sonny Rollins received an honourable membership of the Ben Webster Foundation