Petter Eldh wins SWR Jazz Prize 2022

The double bassist, bandleader and composer Petter Eldh, originally from Gothenburg in Sweden and based in Berlin since 2009 is to receive Germany’s oldest jazz prize, the SWR Jazz Prize, originally instigated by Joachim-Ernst Berendt. The award ceremony will be on 10 October in Ludwigshafen during the Enjoy Jazz Festival. The concert on the evening of the award will see him perform with the ENEMY Trio with Kit Downes and James Maddren.

Petter Eldh (centre) with Kit Downes and James Maddren. Masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music, 2020.
Photo by Nick Smart


” Baden-Baden/Mainz. The SWR Jazz Prize 2022, jointly awarded by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the Südwestrundfunk, will go to the Berlin-based Swedish double bassist, bandleader and composer Petter Eldh. The prize will be presented on 10 October during the international festival “Enjoy Jazz” in Ludwigshafen.

In the jury’s statement (laudatio) it says: “With Petter Eldh, a musician wins the SWR Jazz Prize who has a formative influence on the internationally networked improvisation scene. His energetic and empathetic double bass playing in ensembles such as Punkt Vrt. Plastik, the Django Bates Beloved Trio or the Kit Downes Trio is quite exceptional. Equally, Petter Eldh has put down his innovative mark as a bandleader, composer, producer and arranger with his quintet Koma Saxo and his Drums Project.”

Germany’s oldest jazz prize, awarded for the 42nd time
The SWR Jazz Prize, initiated by Joachim-Ernst Berendt, is the oldest jazz prize in Germany and will be awarded for the 42nd time in 2022 by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and Südwestrundfunk. The jury consists of two representatives each from SWR (Günther Huesmann, chair, and Julia Neupert) and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate (Georg-Rudolf May, Claudia Hartmann), a member of a jazz organisation (Christina Fuchs, German Jazz Union) and two independent music critics (Bert Noglik, Michael Rüsenberg). The prize is endowed with 15,000 euros.

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Award ceremony at the “Enjoy Jazz” festival
The award ceremony and the concert with the prize winner and his trio Enemy will take place as part of the festival “Enjoy Jazz” on 10 October 2022, starting at 8 pm at the Kulturzentrum das Haus in Ludwigshafen. Enemy consists of Petter Eldh (double bass), Kit Downes (piano) and James Maddren (drums).” (Quote from Press Release Ends)

LINKS: Petter Eldh’s website

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