Jazz from Germany – Current Trends

Annual Reviews

ACT / Joerg Steinmetz

Jazz 2013: Stars and structural change

German jazz is in movement. Musicians are organizing and presenting themselves. The next generation is queuing up at institutions of higher education, clubs and festivals are looking at a young audience.More ...
Further articles

Further Articles

Joachim Kühn: pianistic world wanderer, musical philosopher and still a kind of freak. Photo: ACT / Steven Haberland

World Wanderer – Joachim Kühn on his 70th birthday

The pianist Joachim Kühn is considered a progressive and trend-setting individualist of modern jazz. On 15 March 2014 he has been seventy years old – a good occasion to put a few questions to him.More ...
The indie-band Findus performed during the award event of the Venue Programme Prize at Uebel & Gefährlich in Hamburg, photo by Initiative Musik / Yvonne Kaufmann

A Bit of the Watering Can – the new Venue Programme Prize

The recognition the Venue Programme Prize bestows is intended to help the diverse German live club scene finally receive state funding. A good start, say many.More ...
On the road in Africa: the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at the anniversary tour 2013, photo by BuJazzO / Angelika Prox-Dampha

The Stars of Tomorrow – the National Youth Jazz Orchestra turns 25

In 1988, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra began its work as a talent pool. In the meantime, it has become an established institution in Germany. A portrait.More ...
Experimental jazz with a sense of humour, presented by the Zodiak Trio from Essen at the German Jazz Expo 2013, photo by GJE / Helmut Berns

Showcase for Jazz from Germany – The German Jazz Expo at the 2013 jazzhead!

At the German Jazz Expo, ten German music groups performed presentation concerts before an international audience.More ...
The trumpet player Don Cherry on the poster of the exhibition 'ECM – A Cultural Archaeology', photo by Ralf Dombrowski

Marketplace of Visions – The exhibition “ECM – A Cultural Archaeology”

An exhibition explores the interplay of visual impressions, auditory perception and aesthetics using the example of the record company ECM.More ...
Heinz Sauer, a master of tenor saxophone, photo by ACT Records / Anna Meuer

The Big Sound – On the Occasion of Heinz Sauer’s 80th Birthday

Actually, he has celebrated more Christmases than birthdays, says Heinz Sauer. Anyway, the number 80 to his mind is no reason to celebrate. The jazz world sees this differently. For it, he is one of the great stylists of the present day.More ...
Bert Noglik, music journalist and the new head of the Berlin Jazz Festival, photo by Berliner Festspiele / Patrick Hinley

Networks of Sensory Experience – An Interview with Bert Noglik

2012, the jazz journalist Bert Noglik has replaced the trombonist Nils Landgren as the artistic director of the Berlin Jazz Festival. An interview on opportunities, dreams and jazz in Germany.More ...
Claus Ogerman in the Seventies, photo by Claus Ogerman Production

The Aesthete in the Background – the Arranger and Composer Claus Ogerman

He is himself hardly known, but many of the songs to which he contributed. Claus Ogerman is one of the most influential arrangers of past decades.More ...
Nils Landgren, Photo by ACT Records / Sebastian Schmidt

The Swedish View – Nils Landgren and JazzBaltica

For a long time it was not clear whether the festival JazzBaltica could be continued after its twentieth anniversary. Then the Swedish trombonist Nils Landgren took the helm and dispelled the organizers’ doubts.More ...
Interest in Jazz – a lot of young musicians like playing improvised music, for example Malte Schiller's Red Balloon, photo by Ralf Dombrowski

Necessary Niches – The Discussion on Jazz 2012

Jazz is being talked about. The art sections of newspapers debate it, the German parliament has devoted a major Question Time to it, new initiatives have been founded for it.More ...
BuJazzO,the Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra; © Deutscher Musikrat gemeinnützige Projektgesellschaft mbH

Big Bands and Jazz-Orchestras in Germany

First came the dancing, then the experimenting. Big Bands and jazz orchestras in Germany have been through a varied development, but are more vital than ever.More ...
'Art Blakey'; Copyright: Blue Note Records

70 Years of Blue Note – A Merge of Cultures

In 1939, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff founded the “Blue Note” record company, thereby creating the first jazz label that was independent from racial barriers and the American media lobby – the home of the swinging modern age.More ...
Dr. Wolfram Knauer, Direktor des Jazzinstituts Darmstadt; Copyright: Jazzinstitut Darmstadt

The New Matter-of-Courseness: European Jazz en Route to New York

Wolfram Knauer, director of the Jazz Institute in Darmstadt, was appointed a Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor in New York. A sign of nascent change in German-American cultural exchange?More ...
`European JazzXchange Bigband´; Copyright: Congress Centrum Bremen (CCB) und Messe Bremen, jazzahead 2007

Change as Opportunity: German Jazz in transition

Young jazz musicians in Germany face new tasks. Global competition, structural changes in the media and a plurality of styles require imagination in treating their own art – and viewing with curiosity beyond cultural boundaries.More ...