Copyright: Marina Chavez
Renowned international jazz, pop and rhythm-and-blues musician Al Jarreau is to be honoured with the Frankfurt Music Prize 2016.
The Frankfurt Music Prize is given in recognition of Al Jarreau’s lifetime of work as a seminal vocalist. In its explanatory statement, the jury emphasised his outstanding interpretative and improvisational abilities with which he has elevated the solo singing voice to previously unknown heights.
The Frankfurt Music Prize has been awarded to personalities from the world of music for special achievements in the fields of interpretation, composition, musicology, teaching and services to music making and has been presented annually on the occasion of the Frankfurt Musikmesse since 1982. The donors are the Federal Association of German Musical Instrument Manu¬facturers (Bundes¬verband der Deutschen Musikinstrumenten-Hersteller e. V. - BDMH) and Messe Frankfurt GmbH. The Award is given annually in rotation to personalities the fields of classical and popular music. The winners honoured in Frankfurt in recent years include musicians such as Udo Lindenberg, Peter Gabriel, Keith Emerson, Anne Sofie von Otter, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Ernie Watts and, most recently, Peter Sadlo.