Mathias Eick's 80,000 horn of plenty

Michael Tucker's endorsement in December's Jazz Journal of trumpeter Mathias Eick has proved percipient, prophetic and possibly - JJ's international reach is long - influential. The young Norwegian has just won a prize of over £80,000 - a staggering, and perhaps unprecedented, sum for a jazz musician - at the 2009 'by:Larm' music festival in Oslo. The award of NOK 800,000 was granted by the Norwegian company StatoilHydro to further the international profile and development of Eick's quartet. The jury, in a unanimous verdict, declared Eick's quartet was on its way to "an international breakthrough". Britain will be the first country to stage a major tour by the group, which will perform music from its highly acclaimed ECM album, The Door, when they visit Manchester, Halifax, Edinburgh, Oxford, Much Wenlock, London and Nottingham from 22 April. The band finishes its tour at the Bray Jazz Festival in Ireland on 1 May.

Tour dates:

Wednesday 22 April MANCHESTER Royal Northern College of Music (0161 907 5555
Thursday 23 April HALIFAX Dean Clough Galleries (01422 255266
Friday 24 April EDINBURGH Queen's Hall (0131 668 2019
Saturday 25 April OXFORD O'Reilly Theatre, Keble College (01865 305 305
Sunday 26 April MUCH WENLOCK The Edge Arts Centre (01952 728509
Tuesday 28 April LONDON The Vortex (020 7254 4097
Wednesday 29 April NOTTINGHAM Lakeside Arts Centre (Djanogly Theatre) (0115 846 7777
Friday 1 May BRAY Jazz Festival (Mermaid Arts Centre), Ireland (00353 (0)1 272 4030

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