Jazz from Germany – Selected Links

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.

Institutions and Associations

Festivals

  • Bavarian Jazz Weekend A jazz festival held since 1982 in Regensburg with a town festival character, not restricted to a specific genre
  • Deutsches Jazzfestival Frankfurt Contemporary and avant-garde jazz
    Annually in October
  • Donaueschingen Festival Experimental music and sound art festival, started up in 1921
    Held annually the third week of October
  • Düsseldorfer Jazz Rally A festival held annually at Whitsun since 1992, traditional to modern in style
  • Enjoy Jazz Festival A large, multi-site festival held in autumn in Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen, modern to experimental in style
  • European Jazztival A small exclusive festival every November with a focus on European artists, covering the styles of modern, experimental, chamber jazz, world music
  • Ingolstädter Jazztage A festival held every year in autumn since 1983 in Ingolstadt, modern, mainstream and crossover in style
  • International Jazzweek Burghausen 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
  • International Dixieland Festival Dresden A festival held every year in May in Dresden since 1971, traditional, Dixieland, old-time in style
  • Internationales Jazzfestival Münster Contemporary Europe-centred jazz festival
    Every other (odd) year in January
  • St Ingbert International Jazz Festival Jazz and funk festival in Saarland, founded in 1986
    Annually in March
  • Internationales Jazzfestival Viersen A festival held every year in the late summer since 1987, modern, mainstream and crossover in style
  • Jazz Baltica International Baltic-centred jazz festival, partnered with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival
  • jazzahead! A specialist music exhibition with a public concert programme in Bremen, with German Jazz Meeting und European Jazz Meeting
  • Berlin Jazzfest A festival established in 1964 by Joachim E. Berendt with great national influence, modern, contemporary, experimental in style
  • Jazzmile Thüringen A multi-site jazz festival held every year in late autumn since 1994 at many venues, traditional, modern and experimental in style
  • Jazzopen Stuttgart A festival in summer with a focus on big names, traditional, modern, crossover, pop in style
  • Leipziger Jazztage Contemporary international and German jazz
    Annually in October
  • Leverkusener Jazztage A festival held since 1980, modern, mainstream, crossover in style
  • Moers Festival International New Jazz Festival
    Annually at Whitsun
  • Palatia Jazz A multi-site festival held at many venues in the Palatinate region every year in summer, traditional and modern in style
  • Traumzeit Jazz and world music festival in Duisburg
    Annually in June/July
  • Wegweiser Jazz Website of the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt with a range of information about jazz clubs and festivals in Germany

Venues

  • Jazz clubs - JazzPages Overview of German jazz clubs
  • Aschaffenburg: Colos-Saal The Colos-Saal in Aschaffenburg was opened in 1984, three to four concerts per week, modern, blues, world music in style
  • Berlin: A-Trane 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 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 Founded in 1996, around two to three jazz concerts per week, modern, contemporary, mainstream, world music in style
  • Darmstadt: Centralstation The Centralstation in Darmstadt is a multi-genre concert hall and club with around four jazz concerts per month, no specific style
  • Dortmund: Domicil 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 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 The Hamburg Jazzclub was opened in 1985, with several concerts per week, traditional, modern, mainstream and world music in style
  • Jazzclub Hannover Founded in 1966, several concerts per week, traditional, modern, mainstream, world music in style
  • Jazzkeller Frankfurt The oldest active jazz club in Germany, founded back in 1952, with several concerts each week, modern, contemporary, mainstream in style
  • Jazzstudio Nürnberg A jazz club founded in 1954 with several jazz concerts each week, modern, contemporary, mainstream and world music in style
  • Köln: Stadtgarten The Cologne Stadtgarten opened in 1978 and is a cultural centre with several jazz concerts per week, no specific genre
  • Mannheim: Alte Feuerwache The Alte Feuerwache was founded in 1981; several jazz concerts every week, modern, contemporary, mainstream and world music in style
  • München: Jazzclub Unterfahrt 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 The Jazzclub in Neuburg/Donau, founded in 1958, with about six concerts per month, modern and experimental in style

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