Ben Webster Prisen 2018
 
Kom til prisfesten med efterfølgende koncert Påskedag, søndag den 1. april kl. 15.00-19.00 på Bartof Station, lige ved Frederiksberg Metro. Entré kr. 160,- i døren eller på www.billetto.dk
 
For 42. gang uddeler den danske Ben Webster Foundation sin årlige pris på 30.000 kr. til musikere, som enten viser nyt talent eller har været med til at udbrede jazzens varme budskab. I år gives prisen til pianisten Henrik Gunde og tenorsaxofonisten Jan Harbeck, der på overbevisende måde har været en del af jazzscenen igennem en længere årrække.


Begge musikere kendes for deres enorme spilleglæde, flid, talent og udadvendte publikumskontakt.  Siden 2008 har de spillet sammen i ”Jan Harbeck Quartet” som har givet over 300 koncerter og udgivet 3 plader på Stunt Records, hvor den første ”In the Still of the Night” fik JazzSpecial Prisen for årets CD. Herudover er Jan Harbeck kapelmester i et andet orkester ’Live Jive Jungle’, og er med i flere big bands samt i Snorre Kirks fine ensemble.


Henrik Gunde er især kendt for sin triohyldest til Erroll Garner, men lige så vigtig er hans engagement i Radioens Big Band og i flere andre mindre bands.


Efter prisoverrækkelsen vil der være koncert med de to prismodtagere. I første sæt spiller Henrik Gunde duet med bassisten Jesper Bodilsen. I andet sæt bliver det kvartetten med Jan Harbeck tenorsax, med Henrik Gunde piano, Eske Nørrelykke bas og Morten Ærø trommer. Altsaxofonisten Jan zum Vohrde vil desuden medvirke som gæstesolist. Han har spillet sammen med Jan Harbeck i bl.a. Monday Night Big Band, Ernie Wilkins Almost Big Band og New Music Orchestra.


Ved priskoncerten vil der bl.a. blive spillet udvalgte Ben Websternumre og hele aftenen bliver optaget af Radio Jazz til senere udsendelse.
 
Ben Webster levede sine sidste 8 år i København, som han havde et gensidigt kærlighedsforhold til, og The Ben Webster Foundation, som nyder international respekt, lever af de Royalties, som Ben Websters stadig højt elskede musik indbringer fra hele verden, herunder Indonesien, Europa, Rusland, Japan og USA – nu hovedsageligt fra streaming.
 
Se mere om Ben Webster Fonden og Ben Webster prismodtagere siden 1976 på www.benwebster.dk.
 
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Jan Harbeck and Henrik Gunde to receive Ben Webster Prize 2018.

A few weeks ago the Webster Foundation elected two outgoing, great younger musicians to share the prestigious Webster Prize to be celebrated near Websters birthday  April 1th in Copenhagen, namely pianist Henrik Gunde and tenorplayer Jan Harbeck,
Harbeck had the good news while playing with Snorre Kirks band in Paradise Club and showed his gratitude on FB describing how Websters music inspirered him to pick the sax and jazz for his life.
Danish newspaper ‘Politiken’ furthermore described Jan Harbeck Quartet’s show at Copenhagen Jazz Festival, in a review by music editor Thomas Michelsen:  “the tenor saxophone is the essential sound of jazz. The soul of the genre. Once upon a time we had Ben Webster in Copenhagen to put the soul to life again. Today we have Jan Harbeck.”
Pianist Henrik Gunde was also moved and happy for the prize. He is buzy playing gigs and releasing CDs with his own trio and has been the pianist in the legendary DR Big Band for a number of years. He is a musician inspired by numerous pianists such as Keith Jarrett, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Kelly, Ahmed Jamal and Eroll Garner, but he also mentions Bach and Carl Nielsen and a number of songwriters.
Click and listen to Jan Harbeck and Henrik Gunde at Copenhagen Jazzfestival

On Sunday March 26 harmonica virtuoso Mathias Heise received the Ben Webster Prize 2017 as the youngest prize recipient ever.

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 Ben Webster Foundation

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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►Check out all known gigs by Ben Webster from 1925 to 1973

Listed by Frank Brückmann Møller, member of the Ben Webster Foundation

 

See all the Ben Webster prize winners

Then Ben Webster Foundation supports Jazz in Denmark. Since 1977 we have given a yearly prize to numerous of Danish jazz musicians. 

all the prizewinners

 
On July 4, 2016, Charles Lloyd was made honorary member of the Ben Webster Foundation
On the 4th of July?, spiritual jazz legend Charles Lloyd was appointed honorary member of the Ben Webster Foundation in connection with his two sold-out concerts at the 2016 Copenhagen Jazz Festival.

Ever since its creation in 1976, the Ben Webster Foundation has acquired distinguished honorary members such asBenny Carter, Mercer Ellington, Harry Edison, Clark Terry, Yusef Lateef, Herluf Kamp Larsen, and most recently Sonny Rollins.

“The last time Charles Lloyd was in Copenhagen, he took the opportunity to praise Ben Webster, calling him one of the most important sax players, and mentioned he was glad to see there was a philanthropic jazz foundation like Webster’s,” says Foundation Chairman Henrik Wolsgaard-Iversen.

Now the opportunity has arisen to invite Charles Lloyd to join the Foundation’s honorary membership. Happy to accept the invitation, the occasion was commemorated with a short ceremony at Jazzhus Montmartre, where Ben Webster was THE big name during his eight years in Denmark.



Pianist Heine Hansen Receives 2016 Ben Webster Prize

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.

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Pianisten Heine Hansen modtog den 27. marts årets Ben Webster Pris 2016. Prisen blev overrakt af jazzskribent og medlem af Ben Webster Fonden Christian Munk Hansen.
September 2013
Check you discography. You won't find it. Previously unreleased recordings.

BEN WEBSTER, tenor sax
TORE SANDNAES, piano
BORJ ALTERHAUG, bass
KJELL JOHANSE, drums

Recorded at Pub Trondhjem, Norway, March 17, 1970.
Storyville Records in agreement with the Ben Webster Foundation
 
A photographer, a fan, a legend...
The library of the University of Southern Denmark has produced a 64-page publication that deals with the library’s numerous collections of jazz material. The book is illustrated with photos by jazz collector/fan Timme Rosenkrantz, jazz photographer Ole Brask and jazz musician Ben Webster. Frank Büchmann Møller, member of the Ben Webster Foundation, is co-author.
Photo: Ole Brask

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Ben Webster live 1971
Stardust. Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen, February 28, 1971.
Ben Webster ts, Charlie Shavers tp, Niels Jørgen Steen p, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen b, Jørn Elniff dr.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03DOKAG_IqI
Charles Lloyd has send us this photo of Ben Webster and John Coltrane.
The photographer, mr. Carvara explains: “Ben Webster had come to see Coltrane play at Birdland. By 1960, when this photograph was taken, Trane was the leading figure and Ben was past his prime, so people feel there's this conflict going on. But in fact they were just ecstatic. It was Trane who was feeling the most emotion because this was his father, this was the great Ben Webster.”
 
Charles Lloyd meditates at Ben Websters gravesight when he was nominated as Honorary Member of the Foundation last summer.
Drummer Ole Streenberg received the Ben Webster Honorary Prize in 2016

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.

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Read the new article about Ben Webster and Billie Holiday’s 1956?1956-57? recordings.

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Ben Webster 1928, 1938, 1948, 1958, 1968

March-April:
1928:
With Brethro Nelson and His Orchestra
1938: Touring with Fletcher Henderson July 1937- May 1938
1948: Famous Door, NYC October 1947 - November 1948
1958: Rec. Blues A-Plenty  with Johnny Hodges. 2 weeks at the Village Vanguard
1968: Copenehagen with Arnvid Meyer. Kenny Drew at the Montmartre. TV with DR Big Band. Touring Poland and Holland

On July 3rd, 2011 Sonny Rollins received an honourable membership of the Ben Webster Foundation
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Legendary reedplayer Yusef Lateef and legendary owner of the Montmartre Jazzhus met again in 2009 and became both Honourable Memberes of the Ben Webster Foundation.

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COTTONTAIL
Transcription of Ben Webster's famous solo on Cottontail in 1940
http://saxshed.com/pdfs2006/cottontail.pdf
The photo shows Cootie Williams, Russell Procope og Paul Gonsalves visiting Webster in Copenhagen.
Read a new article about the 1956 recording with Ben Webster and Art Tatum
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Read a new article about the newly released recordings with Ben Webster, Ray Nance, Jimmie Blanton 1941
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