Kurt Elling & The Gate garners the 2011 Edison award for Vocal Jazz

The prestigious 2011 Edison award for Vocal Jazz has been awarded to Kurt Elling for The Gate. The Edison is considered the Dutch Grammy.
The Edison is one of the oldest music awards in the world. Only the Grammy is older by one year. The first Edison was awarded in 1960.

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. Prizes are awarded to artists whose recordings over the last year are considered by the jury to be the best achievement in their genre.

In the Vocal Jazz category, this year’s award goes to Kurt’s album The Gate. According to the jury, The Gate has been tastefully produced by Don Was and shows impressive craftsmanship. Outstanding!

There are only four annual Edison jazz awards, plus one for best DVD and one for Special Historical Edition. The list of this year’s jazz winners is here (in Dutch).

The formal awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at the Philips Concert Hall in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Many congratulations to Kurt and everyone involved in making The Gate!