The Buddy Award has been presented annually since 1956, with a few exceptions, and looking back on the recipients is like reliving the high points of Norwegian jazz of the past seven decades. The year 2020 has been a special one in many ways, including the fact that the Norwegian Jazz Forum has awarded an Honorary Buddy Award for the first time since 2003, to a person who has had an enormous influence on the development of Norwegian jazz and the Norwegian jazz community.
Musician and teacher Torgrim Sollid was surprised at his Oslo home by the Norwegian Jazz Forum’s board chair Ingrid Brattset and general manager Gry Bråtømyr.
“For a long time, many members of the Norwegian jazz community have been very eager to honour Torgrim Sollid’s efforts on behalf of Norwegian jazz. We, as representatives of the Norwegian Jazz Forum, are pleased to be able to say that we are now doing just that. With a long list of musicians and colleagues supporting us, who have all sent their highest recommendations and warm words about your position and importance in the jazz community, we would now like to present you with an Honorary Buddy Award,” Brattset said when presenting the award to Sollid.