About the prize

Buma Boy Edgar Prize
The Buma Boy Edgar Prize is awarded each year to a musician with a strong track record of distinguishing themselves in the creative arena, and in so doing has made or continues to make a valuable contribution to the Dutch jazz and improvised music scene. As part of the award, the winner is invited to curate a concert night at the BIMHUIS, during which they are presented with the award, which consists of a cash prize of €12,500 and a bronze sculpture by Jan Wolkers.

The award ceremony and concert night are organised by the Boy Edgar Prize Foundation in collaboration with the BIMHUIS. The Buma Boy Edgar Prize 2020 is brought to you by Buma Culture (main sponsor), the BIMHUIS, the North Sea Jazz organisation and VPRO Vrije Geluiden. For many years granting and award ceremony were organized by the Stichting Jazz in Nederand (Foundation for Jazz in the Netherlands). In the recent past until 2013 the event was organized by Muziek Centrum Nederland (Music Center The Netherlands) in cooperation with VPRO.

Brief history
The award was initiated in 1963 under the name the Wessel Ilcken Prize. It was renamed the Boy Edgar Prize in 1980 and the VPRO Boy Edgar Prize in 1992, before becoming the Buma Boy Edgar Prize in 2014. Recent winners include Jasper Blom (2019), Jasper van ’t Hof (2018) and Martin Fondse (2017), Wilbert de Joode (2016) and Tineke Postma (2015).

Wessel Ilcken (1924-1957)
Drummer Wessel Ilcken played in the Piet van Dijk Orchestra during the forties. In 1945 he married the orchestra’s singer, Rita Reijs. Together they formed their own band in 1950. Wessel Ilcken toured extensively abroad and played with Dizzy Gillespie en Stan Kenton, among others. Of the many albums he recorded, the Jazz Behind the Dikes series is perhaps the best known.
More information about Wessel Ilcken HERE

Boy Edgar (1915-1980)
As a physician and editor in chief of Excerpta Medica, an international medical journal, he was known as G.W.F. Edgar; in the world of jazz he went by the name of Boy Edgar. He was an active trumpet player for many years, but became famous as the musical director and conductor of Boy’s Big Band (1961 – 1971) and later Boy’s Sound. For years he performed with Boy’s Big Band during monthly radio broadcasts and in television series. Memorable also were many of the band’s concerts, featuring the likes of Abbey Lincoln, Eric Dolphy, Max Roach, Ben Webster and Nina Simone. In 1964 Boy Edgar was the second recipient of the Wessel Ilcken Prize, the award that came to be named after him following his death in 1980.
More information about Boy Edgar HERE