Jazz from Germany is globally respected and more than ever at the cutting edge of our time: its performers live and convey cultural diversity on stage and in teaching, in cultural management as well as in record production. Artists in jazz and improvised music are highly mobile, forming networks and developing new concepts and formats for performance, recording and distribution. In order to honour this power of innovation in all its facets, Prof. Monika Grütters, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), has initiated the Deutscher Jazzpreis. The prize was awarded for the first time on June 3, 2021 and is intended to establish itself as an annually recurring event.


Applications for the German Jazz Prize 2022 are now open. Artists, labels, publishers, broadcasters, managers and promoters as well as composers, arrangers and authors can apply for a prize until 30 November 2021.

Click here to apply

The Award ceremony takes place on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, the evening before jazzahead! in Bremen, Germany.

Objectives of the German Jazz Prize:

  • presentation and preservation of the diverse jazz scene in Germany
  • recognition and strengthening of exceptional artistic and innovative creativity and achievements in national and international jazz
  • expansion of the worldwide appeal of jazz from Germany
  • stronger anchoring of the art form jazz in society
  • visible support for jazz professionals, on the one hand, through public attention during the award ceremony and, on the other hand, through the award of appropriately funded prizes


German Jazz Price: Award Show and Winners 2021

Artists National
1. Vocal: Lucia Cadotsch
2. Woodwings: Daniel Erdmann
3. Brass Instruments: Markus Stockhausen
4. Piano/Keyboards: Aki Takase
5. Guitar: Ronny Graupe
6. Bass: Eva Kruse
7. Drums/Percussion: Christian Lillinger
8. Special Instruments: Christopher Dell
9. Artist of the Year: Christian Lillinger
10. Bandof the Year: Philipp Gropper’s PHILM
11. Large Ensemble of the Year: Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra
Artists International
12. Brass Instruments: Jaimie Branch
13. Piano/Keyboards: Tigran Hamasyan
14. String Instruments: Wolfgang Muthspiel
15. Drums/Percussion: Brian Blade
16. Artist of the Year: Tigran Hamasyan
17. Band of the Year: Shake Stew
Recording / Production National
18. Instrumental Album of the Year: Julia Hülsmann Quartet – Not Far From Here
19. Vocal Album of the Year: Masaa – Irade
20. Debut Album of the Year: Mirna Bogdanović – Confrontation
21. Broadcast Production of the Year: Bill Laurance & WDR Big Band Cologne
Recording / Production International
22. Instrumental Album of the Year: Carla Bley – Life Goes On
23. Vocal Album of the Year: Kandace Springs – The Women Who Raised Me
24. Debut Album of the Year: Joel Ross – KingMaker
25. Club of the Year: LOFT
26. Festival of the Year: 44. Leipziger Jazztage TransitionsComposition / Arrangement
27. Composition of the Year: Florian Ross – Streamwalk
28. Arrangement of the Year: Fabia Mantwill – Ophelia
Special Prizes
29. Journalistic Achievement: Günther Huesmann, Bird Lives – Zum 100. Geburtstag von Charlie Parker
30. Lifetime Achievement: Karsten Jahnke
31. Special Prize of the Jury: Jazzclub Unterfahrt

Please note: Deutscher Jazzpreis of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media has no connection, either in terms of organisation or content, with Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis of IG Jazz Rhein-Neckar e.V., which is awarded once a year in Mannheim as the audience prize of the German jazz scene. Further information on Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis can be found at


Andreas Brandis

On the board of VUT - Association of Independent Musicians and Music Companies, Managing Director ACT Music + Vision, Founder & Managing Director Tambour Music Management

Nadin Deventer

Artistic Director Jazzfest Berlin

Felix Falk

On the board of Deutsche Jazzunion, Spokesperson Bundeskonferenz Jazz (BK Jazz), on the board of Musikfonds

Jörg Heidemann

Managing director VUT - Association of Independent Musicians and Music Companies

Julia Hülsmann

Musiciabn, Professor for piano at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), Member of BK Jazz, former member Deutsche Jazzunion's board

Astrid Kieselbach

Senior Director Universal Music Jazz (as part of Deutsche Grammophon)

Dr. Harald Kisiedu

Musicologist, Lecturer in jazz history and jazz studies at the Institute of Music at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences

Alexandra Lehmler

musician, member of Deutsche Jazzunion's board

Hans Lüdemann

pianist/composer, Deutscher Komponistenverband

Yvonne Moissl

Member of the board Deutsche Jazz Föderation e.V. (German jazz federation)

Miho Nishimoto

Senior Brand Manager Classics & Jazz Warner Music

Lisa Tuyala

Cultural Manager (Kulturkabinett e.V.), Musician, Co-Initiator Women* of Music

Arndt Weidler

Sociologist, Head of projects at Jazzinstitut Darmstadt


Hannes Möller

project management Deutscher Jazzpreis