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 Kongsberg Jazzfestival

Kongsberg Jazzfestival is an international jazz festival held annually in Kongsberg since 1964. Several worldwide great artists have visited Kongsberg during this festival; international stars including Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, Stevie Wonder, 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 Kongsberg Jazz Award is an award given to the most prominent Norwegian jazz artists of the year at the festival, given in cooperation with DNB. The prize 300,000 Norwegian kroner, which makes it the largest jazz price in Norway. As part of the prize, the winner gives a concert at the festival the following year.

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