Jazz from Germany – Selected Links

Institutions and associations

The links below refer to sites directly related to Jazz. For sites that cover several different genres, check out our list of general links to German music societies and institutions.

Bavarian Jazz Institute   deutsch

Website run by the Bavarian Jazz Institute with archives and other customer services

Deutsche Jazz Föderation e.V   deutsch

German Jazz Federation

Federal Association Jazz   deutsch

Independent association covering all aspects of jazz in Germany

Jazz & World Partners   deutsch

Independent syndicate of entities including independent labels, festivals and the Bundeskonferenz Jazz (federal jazz conference)

Jazz Research   deutschenglish

Website for the Institute of Jazz Research at the University for Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, one activity of which is publishing the series of articles “Studien zur Jazzforschung” (studies in jazz research)

Jazzinstitut Darmstadt - Wegweiser Jazz   deutschenglish

Website of the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt with a range of key information about all aspects of jazz in Germany

Kurt Edelhagen Archiv   deutsch

Information site run by the private Kurt Edelhagen Archive and the Jazz Institute of Schleswig-Holstein

Old Jazz Union Germany   deutsch

Website for the special interest group of traditional jazz musicians in Germany

Union of German Jazz Musicians   deutsch

Website for the special interest group Union Deutscher Jazzmusiker (union of German jazz musicians)

Festivals

Bavarian Jazz Weekend   deutsch

A jazz festival held since 1982 in Regensburg with a town festival character, not restricted to a specific genre

Berlin Jazzfest   deutschenglish

A festival established in 1964 by Joachim E. Berendt with great national influence, modern, contemporary, experimental in style

Deutsches Jazzfestival Frankfurt   deutsch

Contemporary and avant-garde jazz
Annually in October

Donaueschingen Festival   deutschenglish

Experimental music and sound art festival, started up in 1921
Held annually the third week of October

Düsseldorfer Jazz Rally   deutsch

A festival held annually at Whitsun since 1992, traditional to modern in style

Enjoy Jazz Festival   deutschenglish

A large, multi-site festival held in autumn in Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen, modern to experimental in style

European Jazztival   deutschenglish

A small exclusive festival with a focus on European artists, covering the styles of modern, experimental, chamber jazz, world music

Ingolstädter Jazztage   deutsch

A festival held every year in autumn since 1983 in Ingolstadt, modern, mainstream and crossover in style

International Dixieland Festival   deutschenglish

A festival held every year in May in Dresden since 1971, traditional, Dixieland, old-time in style

International Jazzweek Burghausen   deutsch

A jazz festival held since 1970 of which the style ranges from traditional to modern; the European Burghauser Jazz Prize for up-and-coming musicians has been awarded since 2009

Internationales Jazzfestival Münster   deutsch

Contemporary Europe-centred jazz festival
Every other (odd) year in January

Internationales Jazzfestival Viersen   deutsch

A festival held every year in the late summer since 1987, modern, mainstream and crossover in style

Jazz Baltica   deutschenglish

International Baltic-centred jazz festival, partnered with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival

jazzahead!   deutschenglish

A specialist music exhibition with a public concert programme in Bremen, with German Jazz Meeting und European Jazz Meeting

Jazzmile Thüringen   deutsch

A multi-site jazz festival held every year in late autumn since 1994 at many venues, traditional, modern and experimental in style

Jazzopen Stuttgart   deutsch

A festival in summer with a focus on big names, traditional, modern, crossover, pop in style

Leipziger Jazztage   deutsch

Contemporary international and German jazz
Annually in October

Leverkusener Jazztage   deutsch

A festival held since 1980, modern, mainstream, crossover in style

Moers Festival   deutschenglish

International New Jazz Festival
Annually at Whitsun

Palatia Jazz   deutsch

A multi-site festival held at many venues in the Palatinate region every year in summer, traditional and modern in style

St Ingbert International Jazz Festival   deutsch

Jazz and funk festival in Saarland, founded in 1986
Annually in March

Traumzeit   deutschenglish

Jazz and world music festival in Duisburg
Annually in June/July

Wegweiser Jazz   deutschenglish

Website of the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt with a range of information about jazz clubs and festivals in Germany

Venues

Jazz clubs - JazzPages   deutschenglish

Overview of German jazz clubs

Aschaffenburg: Colos-Saal   deutsch

The Colos-Saal in Aschaffenburg was opened in 1984, three to four concerts per week, modern, blues, world music in style

Berlin: A-Trane   deutsch

Berlin-based Jazzclub with a programme that usually changes every day and has been running since 1992, modern, contemporary, experimental and mainstream in style

Berlin: Quasimodo   deutsch

A Berlin jazz club that opened in 1975 with two to three live concerts per week, modern, mainstream, world music in style

Bielefeld: Bunker Ulmenwall   deutsch

Founded in 1996, around two to three jazz concerts per week, modern, contemporary, mainstream, world music in style

Darmstadt: Centralstation   deutsch

The Centralstation in Darmstadt is a multi-genre concert hall and club with around four jazz concerts per month, no specific style

Dortmund: Domicil   deutsch

Concert hall, club, lounge and art gallery all rolled into one: the central forum for contemporary jazz and current music in the Ruhr region

Dresden: Jazzclub Neue Tonne   deutsch

A jazz club originally founded in 1981 and revived in 2000, with several concerts per week, modern, contemporary and mainstream in style

Hamburg: Jazzclub Birdland   deutsch

The Hamburg Jazzclub was opened in 1985, with several concerts per week, traditional, modern, mainstream and world music in style

Jazzclub Hannover   deutsch

Founded in 1966, several concerts per week, traditional, modern, mainstream, world music in style

Jazzkeller Frankfurt   deutsch

The oldest active jazz club in Germany, founded back in 1952, with several concerts each week, modern, contemporary, mainstream in style

Jazzstudio Nürnberg   deutsch

A jazz club founded in 1954 with several jazz concerts each week, modern, contemporary, mainstream and world music in style

Köln: Stadtgarten   deutsch

The Cologne Stadtgarten opened in 1978 and is a cultural centre with several jazz concerts per week, no specific genre

Mannheim: Alte Feuerwache   deutsch

The Alte Feuerwache was founded in 1981; several jazz concerts every week, modern, contemporary, mainstream and world music in style

München: Jazzclub Unterfahrt   deutsch

A jazz club established in Munich in 1978 with an international programme which changes on a daily basis, modern, experimental, world music in style

Neuburg: Birdland Jazzclub   deutsch

The Jazzclub in Neuburg/Donau, founded in 1958, with about six concerts per month, modern and experimental in style

Jazz education

The links below refer to sites directly related to Jazz. For sites that cover several different genres, check out our list of general links to music education and training in Germany.

Berlin Jazz Institute   deutschenglish

Website run by the JIB, an institute founded jointly in July 2005 by the University of Arts and the Hanns Eisler University of Music

Bremen University of Arts   deutschenglish

Website of the jazz department at Bremen University of Music

Cologne University of Music and Dance   deutschenglish

Website of the jazz department at Cologne University of Music and Dance

Detmold University of Music   deutschenglish

General website for the Detmold University of Music

Dresden University of Music Carl Maria von Weber   deutsch

Website of the jazz department at Dresden University of Music

Essen Folkwang University   deutschenglish

Website for the jazz faculty at the Folkwang University in Essen

Hamburg University of Music and Theatre   deutschenglish

Website of the jazz department at Hamburg University of Music and Theatre

Hanover University of Music, Theatre and Media   deutschenglish

Website for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Rock Pop at the Hanover University of Music, Theatre and Media

Leipzig University of Music and Theatre Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy   deutschenglish

Website of the jazz department at Leipzig University of Music and Theatre

Mainz University of Music and Theatre Johannes Gutenberg   deutsch

Website of the jazz department at Mainz University of Music and Theatre

Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts   deutsch

Website of the jazz department at Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts

Munich New Jazzschool   deutsch

Website run by the Berufsfachschule für Musik Rock / Pop / Jazz Munich (vocational music college)

Munich University of Music and Performing Arts   deutsch

General website for the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich

Nuremberg University of Music   deutschenglish

Website for the Nuremberg University of Music with a variety of jazz-related studies

Osnabrück Institute of Music   deutsch

Fachhochschule Osnabrück / Jazz programme

Popcamp   deutsch

Coaching programme that is also open to new jazz bands

Saar University of Music   deutsch

Website of the jazz faculty at the Saar University of Music

Stuttgart University of Music and Dramatic Arts   deutsch

Website run by the Institute for Jazz and Popular Music at the Stuttgart University of Music and Dramatic Arts

Weimar University of Music Franz Liszt   deutschenglish

Website for the Jazz departement of the Weimar University of Music Franz Liszt

Würzburg University of Music   deutsch

Website of the jazz department at Würzburg University of Music

Record labels and distribution companies

ACT   deutschenglish

Label website run by ACT Music & Vision

Bear Family   deutschenglish

Label website run by Bear Family Records

Blue Note   deutsch

German jazz website run by EMI / Blue Note

Double Moon   deutschenglish

Label website run by Double Moon and Between The Lines

ECM   english

German jazz website run by ECM Records

Enja   english

Label website run by ENJA (Winkelmann)

Fenn Music Service GmbH   deutsch

Independent distribution company

Galileo Music-Communication   deutschenglish

Independent distribution company

in-akustik   deutschenglish

Independent distribution company

Jaro Medien   deutschenglish

Independent distribution company and record label

Jazzecho   deutsch

Online jazz magazine run by Universal Music Group

Jazzpages   deutsch

Jazz portal: reviews, calendar of events, artist database, jazz addresses etc.

Jazzrecords   deutschenglish

Homepage of several independent record labels

NRW Vertrieb   deutsch

Independent distribution company

Skip   deutschenglish

Label website run by Skip Records

Soulfood Music Distribution   deutschenglish

Independent distribution company

Sunnymoon Distribution   deutsch

Independent distribution company

Traumton   deutschenglish

Label website run by Traumton Records

Warner Music   deutsch

German jazz website run by Warner Music Group

Winter & Winter   deutschenglish

Label website run by Winter & Winter

ZYX Music   deutschenglish

Independent distribution company and record label

Jazz magazines and websites

Jazzthing
Journal covering every style of jazz

Comes out five times a year
Published by: Verlag Axel Stinshoff, Köln

Mail Symbolredaktion@jazzthing.de
www.jazzthing.de
    Jazzthetik
    Journal on "Jazz and More"

    Comes out monthly, with two double issues a year
    Published by: Christine Stephan, Münster

    Mail Symboljazz@jazzthetik.de
    www.jazzthetik.de
      Jazzpodium
      Journal for ardent jazz buffs

      Comes out monthly, with two double issues a year
      Published by: Jazz-Podium-Verlags GmbH, Stuttgart

      Mail Symbolredaktion@jazzpodium.de
      www.jazzpodium.de

        Jazzdimensions   deutsch

        Online magazine with reviews and live tips

        Jazz Guide Berlin   deutsch

        Information on the Berlin jazz scene

        Jazzinstitut Darmstadt - Wegweiser Jazz   deutschenglish

        Website of the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt with a range of key information about all aspects of jazz in Germany

        Jazzpages   deutsch

        Jazz portal: reviews, calendar of events, artist database, jazz addresses etc.

        Jazzzeitung   deutsch

        Online version of the jazz paper affiliated to the Neue Musikzeitung

        ruhrjazz.net   deutsch

        A guide to the jazz scene in the Ruhr region.