|Paul Zauner and Mike Chadwick|
The world’s largest jazz conference here in Bremen is an occasion for unexpected meetings. The number of people involved in jazz from all over the world gets more impressive each year. You might say everybody is here….I had the pleasure to introduce Mike Chadwick of Band on the Wall in Manchester and JazzFM to Paul Zauner, director of the unique Austrian festival Inntoene, who was the first European promoter to present Gregory Porter, and whose Great Voices of Harlem CD will be released in October.
|Ann Katrin Hülsmann, Julia Hülsmann|
No they’re not sisters, they are not even related. Two prominent people on the German scene are pianist/ composer / bandleader (new ECM album with Tom Arthurs) who is also founder of the Union Deutscher Jazzmusiker which accts to provide a unified voice for Germany’s jazz musicansJulia Hülsmann….. and publicist Ann Katrin Hülsmann who’s been telling me about the stunning line-up for Jazzdor Berlin.
The EJN (European Jazz Newtwork) Award is awarded to a festival or promoter who presents ‘adventurous programming’. The 2013 Award was collected on behalf of the Bimhuis in Amsterdam by Huub Van Riel. It’s an award (above) to be shared it with colleagues and guests in the splendid club overlooking the Ij and the harbour.