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Jazz award for Ladislav Gerhardt

PIANIST, clarinettist, and arranger Ladislav Gerhardt was posthumously given the 2002 Gustav Brom Orchestra Award on January 31. The 40-centimetre glass award in the shape of a trumpet is annually given to a Slovak for supporting the country's jazz scene.

"What Armstrong or Ellington were for the world, Gustav Brom and his orchestra, highly acclaimed in Europe and America, were for Slovakia," Slovak jazzman Peter Lipa, a member of the award commission, told Slovak daily SME.

Born in 1937 in Košice, Gerhardt founded the Bratislava Jazz Quartet, the first modern jazz ensemble in Slovakia, in 1961.

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