|Kongsberg Jazz Festival|
Kongsberg Jazzfestival logo.
|Years active||1964 - present|
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.
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.
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.
|2015||Ellen Andrea Wang||bass|
|2013||Håkon Mjåset Johansen||drums|
|2009||Ole Morten Vågan||double bass|
|2004||Ingebrigt Håker Flaten||double bass|
|2003||Live Maria Roggen||vocals|
|2002||Håkon Kornstad Trio
|1996||Nils Petter Molvær||trumpet|
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.