Oslo Jazzfestival

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Oslo International Jazz Festival
Oslo Jazzfestival
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Marius Neset at Oslo Jazzfestival in 2015
GenreJazz Festival
Date(s)Mid August
Begins11 August 2019 (2019-08-11)
Ends17 August 2019 (2019-08-17)
Years active1986 – present
InauguratedFounded 1985[clarification needed]

Oslo International Jazz Festival (Oslo Jazzfestival, established 1986 in Norway) is a Norwegian music event, held in August, with a focus on music form the jazz genre, performed on stages in Oslo.[1]


The pilot project (1984–1985) was initiated by Aage Teigen. The first festival in 1986, had more than forty volunteers and the event received 350 000 Norwegian kroner in donations from Oslo Municipality. The music was largely traditional jazz, Dixieland, New Orleans jazz, etc. The organization became a Foundation in 1995, led by Truls Helweg, chairman of the board since 1995) and permanently appointed General Manager (Aage Teigen), at a time when the budget was over 5 million Norwegian kroner. Teigen was in 2002 awarded Oslo City Artist Award for his commitment.

In 2006, the festival held 70 concerts (of these 15 free) with 450 musicians on 18 stages with around 70,000 spectators.[citation needed] Aage Teigen was then general manager with more than 200 volunteers, and the music includes all genres of jazz. The new leader from 2007 was Edvard Askeland.[citation needed]

At the festival in August 2013, Nora Brockstedt was honored by a grand concert, where Come Shine and saxophonist Hanna Paulsberg presented highlights from Brockstedts repertoire in "brilliant versions".[2]


The Oslo Jazz Festival Orchestra 2016 at Victoria Teater. At stage, Mathias Eick (trumpet), Trygve Seim (saxophone), Jon Balke (piano), Ellen Andrea Wang (double bass) and Gard Nilssen (drums).

A sculpture of Ella Fitzgerald is awarded a person who has developed the festival and the Oslo Jazz Scene, created by the artist Mariann Hazeland.[citation needed]

The prize was first awarded in 1995
[citation needed]
Later winners are

Usbl Jazztalent award[edit]

Prize awarded to a young jazz musician annually at Oslo Jazzfestival since 2019. The prize is funded by Boligbyggelaget Usbl and consists of NOK. 30,000, -, in addition to a concert during the subsequent Oslo Jazz Festival. The prize was awarded for the first time at the Oslo Jazz Festival's opening concert on 11 August 2019 in the Norwegian Opera & Ballet by Usbl director Johan Bruun to musician Daniela Reyes Holmsen.

  • 2019 Daniela Reyes Holmsen
  • 2020 Veslemøy Narvesen
  • 2021 Ola Erlien

Statkraft's Young Star Grant[edit]

Scholarship which was awarded to a musician or a band (age 18–25) which has been noticed on local, regional and / or national level. The grant supported by Statkraft provides 50,000 Norwegian kroner and included a gig with an optional project during the subsequent festival.[citation needed], in the period between 2007 and 2013.


  1. ^ "Oslo Jazz Festival Biography". Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  2. ^ a b Mosnes, Terje (2013-08-12). "Varmende Nora-hyllest" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  3. ^ "Arild Andersen mottok Ella-prisen". Oslo Jazz Festival. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  4. ^ "Young Star stipend til jazz-pianist" (in Norwegian). Statkraft. Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  5. ^ "Bassist Ellen Andrea Wang mottar Statkrafts Young Star stipend 2012" (in Norwegian). Oslo Jazz Festival. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  6. ^ "Ingrid Søfteland Neset mottar Statkrafts Young Star stipend 2013" (in Norwegian). Hardanger Musikkfest. Archived from the original on 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2013-08-30.

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