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Kongsberg Jazzfestival

Kongsberg Jazz Festival
Kongsberg Jazzfestival
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Kongsberg Jazzfestival logo.
GenreJazz Festival
Date(s)Early July
Years active1964 - present
InauguratedFounded 1963

Kongsberg Jazz Festival or Kongsberg Jazzfestival is an international jazz festival that has been held annually in Kongsberg, Norway, since 1964.


Several worldwide great artists have visited Kongsberg during this festival; international stars including Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, Nigel Kennedy, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Charles Mingus, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, McCoy Tyner, Radka Toneff, Bobby McFerrin, John Butcher, Anthony Braxton, Diana Krall and Pat Metheny have played in Kongsberg several times.[1][2]

The festival is also an opportunity for young talented musicians to perform, and many now well-known Norwegian jazz-artists have begun their career in Kongsberg.[3]


The Kongsberg Jazz Award (also called the DNB award, established in 1996) is an award given to the most prominent Norwegian jazz artists of the year at the festival, given in cooperation with DNB.[4]

Until 2011, the prize was 100,000 Norwegian kroner, but from 2012 it was raised to 300,000 Norwegian kroner, which makes it the largest jazz price in Norway.[4][5]

The award has previously been named DnB NOR-prisen, Vital-prisen and KlartSvar-prisen, for who has sponsored the prize over the years.

The ceremony takes place at the jazz festival's last day. As part of the prize, the winner gives a concert at the festival the following year.[6]

Award winners

Year Award winners Instruments
2018 Eirik Hegdal saxophone
2017 Marius Neset saxophone
2016 Susanna Wallumrød vocals
2015 Ellen Andrea Wang bass
2014 Mathias Eick trumpet
2013 Håkon Mjåset Johansen[5][7] drums
2012 Ola Kvernberg[8] violin
2011 Arve Henriksen[9] trumpet
2010 Maria Kannegaard[10] piano
2009 Ole Morten Vågan[11] double bass
2008 Helge Lien[6][12] piano
2007 Morten Qvenild[13] piano
2006 Håvard Wiik[14] piano
2005 Solveig Slettahjell[15] vocals
2004 Ingebrigt Håker Flaten[16] double bass
2003 Live Maria Roggen[17] vocals
2002 Håkon Kornstad Trio[18]
Håkon Kornstad
Paal Nilssen-Love
Mats Eilertsen

2001 Christian Wallumrød[19] piano
2000 Petter Wettre[20] saxophone
1999 Audun Kleive[4] drums
1998 Sidsel Endresen[4] vocals
1997 Bugge Wesseltoft[4] piano
1996 Nils Petter Molvær[4] trumpet

Sponsoring and controversy

The Kongsberg Group is one of the main sponsors of the Kongsberg Jazz Festival. In 2018 Andreas Røysum started an online petition on ipetitions.com demanding the festival organizers to end their cooperation with the Kongsberg Group - active in amongst others the arms industry - stating the sponsoring being incompatible with the spirit of the festival.


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  8. ^ "Jazzpris til Ola Kvernberg". Laagendalsposten. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 2012.
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  10. ^ "Kannegaaed får DnB NOR prisen". Kongsberg Jazzfestival. 10 July 2010. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 2011.
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  12. ^ "DnB NOR-prisen til Helge Lien". Kongsberg Jazzfestival. 15 July 2008. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  13. ^ "Musikerprisen til Morten Qvenild". Norsk Musikkinformasjon ballade.no. 7 July 2007. Retrieved 2011.
  14. ^ "Håvard Wiik årets prisvinner på Kongsberg Jazzfestival". groove.no. 8 July 2006. Retrieved 2011.
  15. ^ "Vital-prisen til Solveig Slettahjell". ballade.no. 15 August 2005. Retrieved 2011.
  16. ^ "Håker Flaten fikk Vitalprisen 2004". Panorama.no. 3 July 2004. Retrieved 2011.
  17. ^ "Jazzpris til Live Maria Roggen". nrk.no. 5 July 2003. Retrieved 2011.
  18. ^ "Kornstad Trio på Norgesturné". ballade.no. 14 October 2003. Retrieved 2011.
  19. ^ "Jazzpris til Wallumrød". nrk.no. 9 July 2001. Retrieved 2011.
  20. ^ "Biografi: Wettre, Petter". ballade.no. 21 March 2011. Archived from the original on 9 June 2010. Retrieved 2011.

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