Siggi Loch to celebrate his 80th birthday with the release of a new compilation

Siggi Loch, the founder and influential guiding light of German indie label ACT records, turns 80 next week and his label celebrates the milestone with a new CD compilation. With 60 years in the music business, at the age of 30, he was appointed …

Published: 29 Jul 2020. Updated: 5 days.

Siggi Loch, the founder and influential guiding light of German indie label ACT records, turns 80 next week and his label celebrates the milestone with a new CD compilation.

With 60 years in the music business, at the age of 30, he was appointed founding managing director of WEA Music, the German branch of the world's largest music group Warner Communication. Founding ACT his own label in the 1990s he would champion the careers of artists such as Nils Landgren, Esbjörn Svensson, Michael Wollny, Wolfgang Haffner and Marius Neset, the label picking up many awards along the way. For his work as a supporter of music and the arts, Siggi Loch has been awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of Germany, the Knight of the Swedish North Star Order 1st Class, the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit and the German Record Critics' Lifetime Achievement Award among other awards.

The new compilation A Life in the Spirit of Jazz features music produced and compiled by Siggi Loch with tracks by among others Sidney Bechet, Dave Brubeck, Klaus Doldinger, Johnny Griffin, Larry Coryell, Nils Landgren, Esbjörn Svensson, Joachim Kühn, Michael Wollny and Iiro Rantala.

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Kris Bowers is Emmy nominated for Mrs America

Kris Bowers' extraordinary career continues with a second Emmy nomination this week. He is fast becoming his generation's Terence Blanchard in terms of a jazz musician writing for TV and film. Not that long ago (2011) the pianist won the Monk …

Published: 29 Jul 2020. Updated: 5 days.

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Kris Bowers' extraordinary career continues with a second Emmy nomination this week. He is fast becoming his generation's Terence Blanchard in terms of a jazz musician writing for TV and film. Not that long ago (2011) the pianist won the Monk competition, and then immersed himself in high profile touring, playing with singer Jose James for instance. He also played a sideman role on Nate Smith's excellent Kinfolk a few years ago. But then his profile turned to film composition and high profile work at that. He wrote the score for the movie Green Book and then went on on to gain an Emmy nomination last year for When They See Us and announced this week a second for Mrs America.