Welcome to Leipziger Jazztage

In its 41st edition the jazz festival Leipzig presents a programme around the eclectic guitar sound in contemporary jazz from 12th to 21st October 2017 – with roughly 100 artists in more than 20 concerts and 9 venues, from independent clubs to the opera house of Leipzig. Welcome to the Guitar Summit in Leipzig!

Your guides to the summit are Pat Metheny, Dominic Miller, Gilad Hekselman, Jakob Bro, Werner Neumann, Monika Roscher, Bertram Burkert, Tobias Hoffmann, Egberto Gismonti and many more ›››

One year after the big jubilee now the festival focuses the instrument that influenced our idea of contemporary and popular music like no other: the guitar. Furthermore the festival features traditionally a »Jazz for Kids« concert, the »Jazzelectric Night« and the award ceremonies and concerts of Leipzig Young Jazz Award and BMW Welt Young Artist Jazz Award.

From the beginnings of jazz at the end of 19th century until the beginnings of rock music some fifty years later music developed to a ,guitar explosion’ that Melody Maker saw when the guitar dominates all music within only some years: B. B. King and Elvis, The Beatles and The Doors, Wes Montgomery and Jimi Hendrix – Blues, Rock’n’Roll, Jazz and Pop just hung on six strings. The guitar took a long way in jazz, from the african banjo to the electric amplified and blurred riff sound board. Many of the greatest jazz guitarists played at Leipziger Jazztage in the last 40 years – such as Bill Frisell, John Scofield. Wayne Krantz, Nguyên Lê and Marc Ribot. But never before only one festival showed the different styles and technics of the jazz guitar in such a wide spectrum.

The international Leipziger Jazztage is one of the oldest and most well-known jazz festivals in Germany – in 2016 in its big 40th jubilee edition. It runs 10 days with roughly 100 artists from all over the world and is hosted by the Jazzclub Leipzig. The festival focuses on international established names and pioneers of jazz as well as innovative and brave newcomers – and presents them in venues such as the venerable theatre and opera house, the historic „Kongreßhalle am Zoo“ and churches as well as independent clubs and the oldest movie theatre in Leipzig. The aim of the Leipziger Jazztage is to present all kinds of contemporary jazz in a special thematic context with current themes ranging from »Between Mahler and Miles« and »Sound of Heimat« to »Cinematic Jazz« and »Fine Arts«. With self-initiated projects and commissioned works the festival captures the zeitgeist of jazz, while also maintaining a close relationship with the polish jazz scene which distinguishes the Leipziger Jazztage from other festivals. Furthermore the traditional »Jazz for Kids« offers a highlight for the whole family in the great opera hall.

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