Projects of the Jazzclub Leipzig

Leipzig Jazz Days

Workshop concert with Kojack Kossakamvwe by Susann Jehnichen
Workshop concert with Kojack Kossakamvwe by Susann Jehnichen

The international Leipzig Jazz Days are one of the oldest and most renowned jazz festivals in Germany. Every autumn, the Jazzclub Leipzig presents over 100 musicians* on at least 8 days.

Big names and pioneers of jazz, as well as innovative newcomers, play at venues such as the Leipzig Opera House, the Schauspielhaus, trendy clubs, churches and so-called lost places. With self-initiated projects, commissioned compositions, collaborations and a thematic framework, the festival reflects the zeitgeist of jazz and also sees the festival as a platform for networking and strengthening the Leipzig scene.

The 44th Leipziger Jazztage were awarded the 1st German Jazz Prize as "Festival of the Year". 

So far guest on the Jazztage stages

Eivind Aarset, John Abercrombie, Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, The Bad Plus, Rebekka Bakken, Nik Bärtsch, Ketil Björnstad, Carla Bley, Lester Bowie, Till Brönner, Peter Brötzmann, Konrad Bauer, Johannes Bauer, Iva Bittová, James Carter, Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke, Arnett Cobb, Avishai Cohen, Ornette Coleman, Steve Coleman, Chick Corea, Larry Coryell, Dietmar Diesner, Wolfram Dix, Urszula Dudziak, Johannes Enders, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Richard Galliano, Jan Garbarek, Egberto Gismonti, Kinga Głyk, Benny Golson, Nora Gomringer, Ronny Graupe, Philipp Gropper, Mark Guiliana, Ulrich Gumpert, Rigmor Gustafsson, Gunter Hampel, Gilad Hekselman, Arve Henriksen, Manfred Hering, Hidden Orchestra, Dave Holland, John Hollenbeck, Julia Hülsmann, Sophie Hunger, Abdullah Ibrahim, Maria João, Lee Konitz, Peter Kowald, Uwe Kropinski, Joachim Kühn, Rolf Kühn, Nils Landgren, Nguyên Lê, Jaki Liebezeit, Christian Lillinger, Arto Lindsay, Charles Lloyd, Albert Mangelsdorff, Branford Marsalis, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny, Dominic Miller, Phil Minton, Marcus Miller, Nils Petter Molvaer, Alphonze Mouzon, Thomas Moritz, David Moss, Mouse on Mars, Leszek Możdżer, Heiner Müller, Gerry Mulligan, David Murray, Meshell Ndegeocello, Werner Neumann, Tony Oxley, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Michel Petrucciani, Adam Pierończyk, Joshua Redman, Heiner Reinhardt, Marc Ribot, Sam Rivers, Monika Roscher, Terje Rypdal, Antonio Sanchez, Heinz Sauer, Helmut Joe Sachse, John Scofield, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Friedhelm Schönfeld, Irene Schweizer, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Smith, Leo Smith, Günter Baby Sommer, Tomasz Stańko, Erika Stucky, Supersilent, Steve Swallow, Aki Takase, John Tchicai, Eric Truffaz, McCoy Tyner, James Blood Ulmer, Miroslav Vitouš, Mal Waldron, Dave Weckl, Bugge Wesseltoft, Cassandra Wilson, Norma Winstone, Nils Wogram, Michael Wollny, Victor Wooten, Joe Zawinul, Zentralquartett, John Zorn, Abdullah Ibrahim, Nubya Garcia, Moritz von Oswald, Tau Rönkkö, Kalle Kalima, Moses Yoofee Trio, Jas Kayser, Theo Croker, Ruth Goller , and many more.


Tilo Weber's Five Fauns by Simon Chmel

The MUSIKZEIT - the little sister of the Leipziger Jazztage - always presents musicians who are on a constant search for something new and provoke artistic evolution. Inspiration can be drawn from various styles across genres, and contemporary jazz can be put to the test in its border regions. In doing so, jazz-external currents are also explicitly included. 

So far guests at MusikZeit-Festival ' Eivind Aarset, Poppy Ackroyd, Jan Bang, Rainer Böhm, Manfred Bründl, Uschi Brüning, [em], Johannes Enders, Lychee Lassi, Piano Interrupted, Wallace Roney, Der Rote Bereich, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Günter 'Baby' Sommer, Erika Stucky, Aki Takase, Tilo Weber's Five Fauns, Hypnagogia, Marie Jong-Ayong and many more.

Jazz Club Live

In a club atmosphere, Jazzclub Leipzig e.V. presents more than 50 concerts a year that contribute to the city's diverse musical offerings: On the one hand, the Jazzclub Live concert series offers Leipzig's lively jazz scene a home venue, but on the other hand, it also creates a place to attract international artists to the city year-round. Whether it's young bands from the University of Music and Theater playing at Stage Night or big names gracing the small club - the members of Jazzclub Leipzig e. V. make great concerts possible with their volunteer work.

Previous guests at Jazzclub Live ' The Bad Plus, Chris Cheek, The Claudia Quintet, Aaron Goldberg, Larry Grenadier, Eric Harland, Pablo Held, Julia Hülsmann, Arne Jansen, Killerfuchs, Eva Klesse, Klima Kalima, Shai Maestro, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Werner Neumann, Evgeny Ring, Reuben Rogers, Jorge Rossy, Rusconi, Trio Schmetterling, Friedhelm Schönfeld, Snarky Puppy, Spielvereinigung Sued, Tingvall Trio, Trio.Diction, Mark Turner, Nils Wogram, Michael Wollny, Zentralquartett and many more.

Jazz calendar

The Jazzkalender is the monthly information sheet for "jazz and other music" in Leipzig and Central Germany. Announcements and editorial contributions about jazz events, but also those about electronic, contemporary, indie and rock music appear here. In addition to the online version, there is also a print version, which is available free of charge in many restaurants, cafés and cultural institutions. Known as "Jazzkalender" since 1992, it was already published under the name "Jazzreport" from 1978. Each jazz calendar is supplemented by a Spotify playlist.


Leipzig Jazz Young Talent Award of the Marion-Ermer-Foundation

In cooperation with the Cultural Office and the Marion Ermer Foundation, we organize and host the annual award ceremony, including the prize winners' concerts. In addition, a member of the association is involved in the awarding of the prize in the board of trustees and jury. The prize serves to promote and recognize the artistic achievements of young musicians and supports the development of local jazz music.

Nationwide Jazz Young Talent Festival

For the event, the association provides some of the necessary equipment and supports the festival through intensive public relations work. The festival, which was originally co-founded by the Jazzclub Leipzig e.V., is organized annually by the Moritzbastei.

Jazz for kids

Every year, concerts with a special children's program are presented as part of the Leipzig Jazz Days. For the children, the impressive space of the large opera hall in particular is a special experience. At accompanying workshops, the children can playfully explore the instruments; not infrequently, this gives rise to the desire to learn one of them themselves. Before the concerts, there are various booths where children can find out more about the city's musical education programs, such as those offered by music schools. The concerts are free of charge for the children.

In addition, the association is involved in other events for children (children's jazz festival, children's jazz concerts, open day at the St. Georg Clinic) and cooperates with associations (Zonta, KidsJazz L.E.).


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