Jury report – Buma Boy Edgarprijs 2015
The Buma Boy Edgarprijs is both an oeuvre and an encouragement prize – in retrospect, according to this jury, a slightly contradictory combination. Let’s say that the winner is not supposed to sit back and retire after having received this prize.
Furthermore the winner should have a personal, distinctive sound in the field of jazz, not necessarily confined to the Dutch jazz scene: international potential and appeal are highly appreciated. In other words: not just crossing geographical borders, but also reaching out to other audiences in a musical way. And last but not least stretching out to establish new frontiers, doing justice to the essence of jazz: an open and free art form.
After thorough and harmonious deliberations the jury has agreed upon honouring saxophonist, composer and band leader Tineke Postma (Heerenveen, 1978) with the Buma Boy Edgarprijs 2015.
It goes without saying that the laureate can boast, and often surpasses, all the above mentioned criteria. Like the modern day jazz landscape, the views of the jury proved to be divers, but the name of Tineke Postma was present on each and every shortlist. That’s what we call support, a fertile home ground for the winner, a winner of great allure.
Tineke Postma has a remarkable combination of cosmopolitanism and Dutch levelheadedness. How a modest Frisian musician made a career for herself with her own American band and collaborated with the best of the best including Greg Osby, Geri Allen, Esperanza Spalding, Terry Lyne Carrington and Wayne Shorter.
Of all Dutch musicians Postma may have the most American sound: a natural and innate emphasis on swing (or groove, if you will), keeping her distance from the sometimes slick American mainstream by delivering her lines and compositions with a necessary urge, passion and sophistication. This must be the Dutch levelheadedness of this sophisticated lady. She surely has to sound good, she can even be a virtuoso, but both on alto and soprano saxophone her tone is direct and without adornment. Her luggage has no room for clichés, snags or frills, she picks her notes fastidiously relying on a great sense of melody and harmony.
Throughout her career the saxophonist has proved to be an excellent band leader, taking band democracy both in the US and Holland to the extreme in a most positive way. Fed by intuition, chemistry and interaction with her fellow band members, she achieves the highest level of playing. Due to her respect for other people’s talents, she leads her own groups with a sensitive and therefore natural authority – a quality that pays off in her sidemen’s contributions, surely lifting her ensembles to a higher level.
Notwithstanding the fact that Tineke Postma is an established name and an unmistakable ambassador of Dutch jazz, she disposes over enough individuality, guts, passion and potential to develop her own style of contemporary jazz both in The Netherlands and abroad. That’s a talent not everybody is blessed with, but like the Buma Boy Edgarprijs 2015, Tineke Postma fully deserves it. Congratulations!
On behalf of the jury,
Willem Kniknie (Tilburg, June 10, 2015)
The jury of the Buma Boy Edgar Prize 2015 consists of:
Micha de Kanter, Chairman (recording engineer Mideka Music Recording)
Willem Kniknie, Secretary (director of MuziekPodium Zeeland, programmer of the International Jazz Festival Middelburg)
Nicolle Leenhouwers (programmer of ProJazz, Jazz070 and the Cutting Edge Jazz Festival, The Hague)
Niels Nieuborg (programmer of the North Sea Jazz Club, Amsterdam)
Cees van de Ven (journalist/photographer of draaiomjeoren.com, programmer of the JazzCase, Neerpelt, Belgium)