The Jakob Manz Project won first prize at the Future Sounds 2018 of the Leverkusen Jazztage, in April 2018 the band received first prize and the audience award at the international jazz prize Biberach. Band leader Jakob Manz (*16.05.2001) has played with such renowned musicians as Wolfgang Schmid, Randy Brecker, Ack van Rooyen and Wolfgang Dauner. At the age of 16 he was already a member of the Bundesjazzorchester (BuJazzO), with which he performed in concert halls such as the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Kölner Philharmonie or the Gasteig Munich as well as in various countries (e.g. USA, Canada, Albania, Netherlands).
"Young blood beats them all: Jakob Manz and his band chased the spirit of jazz with vigour through the Forum - and this led to the audience applauding standing up at the end". (Kölner Stadtanzeiger about the performance at the Leverkusener Jazztage)