Kurt Elling honored with the 2014 Edison Jazz Oeuvreprijs!
At the start of this year's North Sea Jazz Festival, the Edison Foundation announced that Kurt Elling is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Edison Jazz Oeuvreprijs, the Edison's Lifetime Achievement Award for Jazz!
The Edison is the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy, the German ECHO, and the UK Brit Awards. It's one of the oldest music awards in the world; only the Grammy is older by one year.
Previously Kurt won the 2011 Edison Award for Vocal Jazz for The Gate.
Named in tribute to Thomas Alva Edison, there are three award categories: Edison Jazz/World, Edison Pop, and Edison Klassiek (Classical), each with its own professional jury. There are only four annual Edison Jazz/World awards, plus one for best DVD and one for Special Historical Edition. The Edison award is a bronze statue made by sculptor Pieter d'Hont.
On Thursday, November 27, 2014, the Edison Jazz/World Awards Gala takes place in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Kurt will perform with the Metropole Orkest, conducted by Jules Buckley, and the other Edison winners, yet to be announced, will perform as well. For concert information and tickets, click here.
Bravo and many congratulations to Kurt for this great honor!