Karin Hammar nominated for best of ’23 award

Karin Hammar

Swedish jazz trombonist Karin Hammar has been nominated in the category “Jazz of the Year” of Manifest Gala 2024 for her latest album, Opening. The nominated albums were chosen by jury groups of over 150 people in total, all of whom have been active in the Swedish Music industry.

The Manifest Gala is organized by the organisation SOM, Independent Swedish Music Producers. The winner will be announced March 7 2024 in an event celebrating the Swedish Independent music scene. The annual reward in the Jazz category has been given out since 2006, but this is the first time an album featuring jazz trombone is nominated.

Opening was also picked out to be on Ján Graus’ list of “top 10 albums of 2023” by the editors of the Slovak website skjazz.sk.

The Stockholm based artist has a long and career behind her. Her initial fame came in the early 2000s with the group “Sliding Hammers“, with her sister. The group was a tribute to the legendary duo “Jay and Kai”, with Kai Winding and JJ Johnson. In Sweden, she is also known for being in the band of the TV-show Doobioo.

Opening is Hammar’s sixth solo album, following up Strings Attached from 2022. Her personal style as jazz trombonist is heavily featured on this album, which she also produced and composed all the music for.

The album was featured in this news article on the ITA website from 2023.

Eyvind Sommerfelt

ITA Online News Coordinator