July 20, 2019

Winner North American Edition 2018

Winner North American Edition 2018

Air Artist Agency is proud to announce the winner of the ‘RISING STARS’ Jazz Award North American Edition 2018:






SASHA BERLINERis a musician, composer, producer and band leader from San Francisco, CA hailed as a ‘rising jazz luminary’. She started playing drums at age 8, picked up the vibraphone at age 13 and is now an alumna of the SF Jazz High School All Stars Orchestra and the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. She is currently a student of The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York.

The jury – consisting of record producer Brian Bacchus, journalist Michelle Mercer, Montreal Jazz Festival Director André Menardand legendary Jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater – awarded Sasha with the ‘RISING STARS’ Jazz Award North American Edition 2018. The jury said: “We were very impressed by the quality of the group of 25 artists who were in the final round of voting and it was not easy to come to a decision about the winner. Sasha Berliner convinced us with her musicality, dedication, but also that she is pushing the jazz envelope forward. We are convinced that we will hear a lot from her in the future.

As winner of the ‘RISING STARS’ Jazz Award Sasha will embark on a tour ofseven major jazz festivals in North America such as DC Jazz Festival in Washington, the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, the Iowa City Jazz / Festival Summer Of The Arts and the San Francisco SFJAZZ Festival, all of which are heldin June 2019. In addition, shewill receive a full year of PR and marketing support through Air Artist Agency, DL Media and Westend Strategy.

From 1st of July until 29th of September 2018, Jazz artists could enter their submissions via a dedicated website (www.l1risingstarsjazzaward.com) to be considered for the ‘RISING STARS’ Jazz Award North American Edition 2018. Over 230artists submitted their entries! A first round of voting was done by the participating seven festivals, which found the 25 best contenders. The final vote was done by a professional jury.

Producing the Award is the award-winning Air Artist Agency Inc., whose director Burkhard Hopper has a long-standing experience in introducing new artists. For 9 years Burkhard Hopper ran the Rising Stars concert series in Europe which – among others – introduced artists such as Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Benny Green, Jane Monheit, David Sanchez and Esbjörn Svenssonto the European audiences.

The ‘RISING STARS’ Jazz Award is a significant event in the international jazz calendar.

Sasha Berliner performed at the following festivals as part of winning the ‘RISING STARS’ Jazz Award North American Edition 2018:

June 5, 2019Blue Note Jazz Festival NYC
June 15, 2019DC Jazz Festival
June 18, 2019San Francisco Jazz Festival
June 21, 2019CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival
June 29, 2019TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
June 30, 2019Festival International de Jazz de Montreal
July 1, 2019TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
July 6, 2019Iowa City | Summer Of The Arts
September 28, 2019Monterey Jazz Festival
October 27, 2019Earshot Jazz Festival