Credentials

“For anyone who loves and champions jazz, it is gratifying to
discover an award that supports emerging talent so superbly.”

Forbes Magazine

“LetterOne Jazz Award will be a major force in sharing my artistry
to the world, and overall trajectory. I am truly grateful,
honored, and thankful for this opportunity.”

Giveton Gelin

“I love Jazz. It’s part of my life. We are looking for up and
coming jazz musicians – for new talent, who are just starting as
young professionals – and want to help them on their way to become
the jazz stars of tomorrow.” “Today´s jazz market is very
fragmented, with many individuals working in small operations who
run festivals, clubs (often on voluntary basis), labels and
distributors, as well as agencies. We want to help grow the next
generation of Jazz artists and enable them to realise their
potential.”

Mikhail Fridman on the launch of the LetterOne RISING STARS Jazz
Award

““My whole life I have worked to further the career of young and
upcoming artists. I am very happy that with the support of Mikhail
Fridman it will be possible to continue with the RISING STARS
scheme that was so successful from 1996 to 2004 and started the
careers of artists such as Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Esbjörn
Svensson, Nicholas Payton, Jane Monheit and many more in Europe.”

Burkhard Hopper

“When I first heard about the RISING STARS award and was asked to
be on the jury for it I was super excited because I had seen so
many talented musicians over the years not getting the right
support and not developing according to their abilities. This
award gives them the platform and publicity to excel and achieve
on a European level. I am proud to be part of this process and to
help support fresh talent.”

Jamie Cullum

Cyrus Chestnut’s invitation to the ‘LetterOne Rising Stars Jazz Award’

Benny Golson’s invitation to the ‘LetterOne Rising Stars Jazz Award’

Donald Edwards’s invitation to the ‘LetterOne Rising Stars Jazz Award’

Russell Malone’s invitation to the ‘LetterOne Rising Stars Jazz Award’

Keyon Harrold’s invitation to the ‘LetterOne Rising Stars Jazz Award’

Terri Lyne Carrington’s invitation to the ‘LetterOne Rising Stars Jazz Award’

John Beasley’s invitation to the ‘LetterOne Rising Stars Jazz Award’

China Moses’ invitation for the ‘LetterOne Rising Stars Jazz Award’

Arturo Sandoval’s invitation for the ‘LetterOne Rising Stars Jazz Award’