Welcome to Leipziger Jazztage


In its 42nd edition in 2018 the jazz festival Leipzig presented FISH'N'CHIPS – with Norma Winstone, Dave Holland’s Aziza, Matthew Herbert's Brexit Big Band, James Farm, Empirical, Avishai Cohen Quartet, Yazz Ahmed, Soweto Kinch, Max Andrzejewsk’s Hütte and Guests play Robert Wyatt, Lucia Cadotsch + Tricko, Kit Downes, Elliot Galvin, Oli Steidle & The Killing Popes et al. From 11th to 20th October 2018 roughly 100 contemporary jazz artists played more than 20 concerts in 10 venues, from independent clubs to the opera house of Leipzig. Welcome to Leipziger Jazztage!

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.

Live-Acts at Leipziger Jazztage since 1976 Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, The Bad Plus, Carla Bley, Till Brönner, Peter Brötzmann, Stanley Clarke, Avishai Cohen, Electro Deluxe, Bill Frisell, Steve Coleman, Egberto Gismonti, Mark Guiliana, Hidden Orchestra, Sophie Hunger, Maria João, Joachim Kühn, Rolf Kühn, Nguyên Lê, Albert Mangelsdorff, Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny, Dominic Miller, Marcus Miller, Mouse on Mars, Panzerballett, Michel Petrucciani, Joshua Redman, Marc Ribot, Antonio Sanchez, Heinz Sauer, John Scofield, Wayne Shorter, Supersilent, Steve Swallow, Eric Truffaz, Leo Smith, Nils Wogram, Michael Wollny, Zentralquartett and many many more

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